2018 Nissan Altima – the average family sedan updated


2018 Nissan Altima is a family mid-size sedan.

There are those that say the only thing wrong with this otherwise perfect car is that it has a Nissan badge at the front of it, perhaps if it was manufactured by another company, it would be more popular and sell more units. If that’s the case, then no amount of redesigning or restyling will solve that problem, however, Nissan are certainly trying to appeal to a bigger market.

The current styling is practical, it doesn’t actually look bad, but it’s very run of the mill; nothing that will set your pulse racing or be the pin-up poster on the bedroom walls of youngsters (like a Lambo or Ferrari for example).

2018 Nissan Altima Release date

For such an ordinary car, there has been quite a lot of speculation surrounding it, not helped that Nissan haven’t issued any announcements regarding it. Reliable sources put the release date for this new 2018 model in mid-2018, around July.

2018 Nissan Altima release date: mid-2018

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2018 Nissan Altima Price

Rumored prices have varied hugely, some as low as $23,000, some going right above $30,000 for the base model. We actually think that the lower end is more correct, and allowing for a price increase thanks to modern materials and the like, we think the new Altima will start around $26,000.

2018 Nissan Altima video

2018 Nissan Altima Redesign and changes

Whether Nissan intend on a complete redesign or not remains to be seen, sources say that for the main part, the Altima won’t differ that much from the current model, aside from minor changes such as bumpers, lighting and grille, which are easily changed and can make quite a difference to the look of the car.

2018 Nissan Altima Coupe

The coupe version of the Altima was discontinued in 2013, and since then there wasn’t any coupe version. It is unlikely that 2-door version will appear in 2018 as well – the demand is very low for such type of vehicles. The only option for coupe lovers might be Accord coupe from Honda.

2018 Nissan Altima Sedan

Unlike coupe, sedans have always been in a top list of sales, alongside with pickup trucks. So, the new Altima 2018 is going to have the same mid-size configuration, compete with Camry and Sonata. The overall dimensions of the sedan is likely to stay nearly the same.

2018 Nissan Altima Specs

The rumors persist when it comes to the engine choice as well; we’ve heard that there will be a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine, that will produce around 182 BHP along with a 3.0 or 3.5 liter (270 BHP) V6, maybe a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine (195 BHP) and even a 2.0 liter turbocharged Renault engine that produces nearly 300 BHP (2018 Nissan Altima Nismo anyone?).

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Nissan have confirmed nothing regarding this, as much as America loves capacity, we think that the 3.5 liter V6 won’t happen; manufacturers are heading toward smaller capacity engines with forced induction – they’re lighter and more fuel efficient.
We’re fairly sure that the new model will be built upon a new modular platform, this should reduce the weight and give improved ride quality and of course, better gas mileage.

2018 Nissan Altima Equipment

We also know that the Nissan Connect app will be available, giving connectivity with your smartphone (Nissan seem to think that keeping in touch with your social networks is also important – fine if you’re a passenger, but as a driver?).

  • sccrock

    Nissan removed the Lane Departure Warning feature from the 2016’s and 2017’s without notifications. This is a very important safety feature. Some purchasers thought it was still in the optional package but it was removed. Some very unhappy consumers. Nissan is the only major company that does not offer this feature. I hope the resume this feature for my 2018 Altima purchase or I will look elsewhere.

    • El gato

      So look elsewhere if you’re such a poor driver you can’t stay in your lane without a bell to tell you that you aren’t. Don’t drink and drive doofus!

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Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.4
  • Features4.4
  • Fuel economy4.4

The new 2018 Altima might lose its V6 engine, going downsize and turbocharged. In terms of design we don't expect any drastic changes.

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