- Big car in a small package. Lots of standard equipment.
- Dumpy hindquarters and lower build quality than we have come to expect from Nissan.
Altima is totally, and unnecessarily, redesigned for 1998. The Altima's new look is more wedge-shaped, with a trunk that looks like it has met the business end of a band saw. Standard equipment is up, including a CD player on every model except the XE.