2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Nissan Altima
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2018 Nissan Altima
Save up to $6,595

What’s new

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Optional 7-inch touchscreen now adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility

Pros

  • Front seats are comfortable and supportive on long drives
  • Good fuel economy for a sedan of this size
  • Altima SR's sport-tuned suspension allows it to handle reasonably well

Cons

  • Interior design and materials quality is subpar
  • Tech interface is unattractive and the touchscreen is positioned low
  • Unnatural steering feel and effort
  • SR model's sporty suspension makes for an harsh ride quality


Which Altima does Edmunds recommend?

The base Altima S feels a bit like a rental car, and the next-level SR gives up too much passenger comfort for a tiny increase in handling ability. As such, the midtrim SV is our choice. It adds a number of desirable features for a reasonable bump in price. Upgrades over the base S include alloy wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. You can also opt for the SV's Technology package, which adds a sunroof, heated front seats, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3 / 5

Though small crossovers have become more popular in recent years, midsize sedans are still one of the top choices for family-friendly transportation. This segment is so important to automakers that a few of the most popular models have been redesigned or notably freshened for the 2018 model year. Unfortunately, the 2018 Nissan Altima is not one of them.

We've generally like the Altima over the years, but this particular generation is getting on in years. The newest crop of rival sedans further highlights the Altima's deficiencies in the areas of technology, interior quality and performance.

To Nissan's credit, the 2018 Altima does have some useful enhancements. A forward collision notification system with automatic emergency braking is standard on all trim levels, and the upgraded infotainment display now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. But the segment has so many strong competitors that even a decent choice like the Nissan Altima has a hard time differentiating itself.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Nissan Altima comes in five trim levels: 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL. All Altimas (except the 3.5 SL) are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (179 horsepower, 177 pound-feet of torque) that routes power through the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Standard features for the 2.5 S include 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port. Also standard for 2018 is a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.

The sporty 2.5 SR trim upgrades the 2.5 S with 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, foglights, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters (with seven simulated shift points), upgraded upholstery and a power-adjustable driver seat.

Compared to the 2.5 S, the 2.5 SV trim has 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and the SR's foglights, power driver seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2.5 SL adds LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, air vents for the rear seats, a power front passenger seat and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.

The 3.5 SL is the only model not powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead, a 3.5-liter V6 lies underhood, developing a healthy 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. It also gets 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, heated mirrors, paddle shifters, adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, and NissanConnect services with emergency telematics.

All four-cylinder trims can be ordered with a single package that adds features from upper levels. For example, the Convenience package for the 2.5 S only adds a power driver seat and remote engine start, while the 2.5 SR's Special Edition package includes satellite radio, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, and the 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR (2.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD). NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Altima has received only minor revisions. Our findings remain applicable to the 2018 Altima.

Driving

2
Even though the SR is supposed to be the sporty Altima model, it lacks the performance of even its nonsporty in-class competition. The Altima SR receives a decent score for handling, but in almost every other measure, it falls well short of the mark set by rivals.

Acceleration

3
There's not much power or responsiveness from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It takes a long 8.2 seconds to reach 60 mph and is accompanied by a loud groan from under the hood. Simulated gear changes from the CVT do keep the drone from being overly intrusive, though.

Braking

2.5
The brake pedal feels unsettlingly spongy, and you can actually press it all the way to the floor. That said, the brakes are still reasonably effective. Our test Altima's as-tested emergency stopping distance from 60 mph was about average for the midsize sedan class.

Steering

1
At parking lot speeds, there's far too much effort needed; compounding this issue is the slippery leather wheel covering. Even worse, the wheel does not return to center on its own, forcing the driver to manually unwind it. This is about as bad as modern steering systems get.

Handling

3
The Altima SR trim benefits from sportier suspension tuning, allowing it to corner without much body roll relative to other sedans. In aggressive maneuvers, the stability control subtly intervenes to keep the car on the intended path.

Drivability

2.5
In addition to the aforementioned shortcomings, the Altima also suffers from some subtle lurches at low speeds, which are likely the result of the CVT's lack of responsiveness. We also experienced inconsistent acceleration from a stop.

Comfort

2.5
While other midsize sedans are creeping ever closer to entry-level luxury standards, the Altima seems stuck in the economy car class. One of the few bright spots in regards to comfort are the supportive front seats, but they do little to make up for the stiff ride and loud cabin.

Seat comfort

3
The standard cloth front seats are well-shaped and make drivers feel as if they're suspended in an elastic hammock. Despite the lack of adjustments, tall and short passengers should be able to find a comfortable position.

Ride comfort

2
A byproduct of the Altima SR's sporty suspension is a stiffer ride. Even though impact harshness is filtered out, you feel every bump in the road, and passengers will experience a lot of jostling, even over moderate undulations.

Noise & vibration

2
When accelerating with purpose, the engine emits an unpleasant sound, like someone groaning into an empty glass jar. Road and wind noise is ever-present but not intrusive, which makes the numerous interior creaks and rattles more noticeable.

Interior

3
The Altima's interior trails newer sedans when it comes to overall design. The touchscreen's low placement can be a distraction for the driver. Interior materials look comparable to some competitors, but many of the surfaces are made of hard plastic.

Ease of use

2
Primary controls are placed where you'd expect, but many secondary knobs and buttons are awkwardly located. The infotainment system is well behind the times, and the low-mounted screen is far outside of the driver's sight lines. The controller knob is also small and has weak detents.

Getting in/getting out

2.5
It's as easy to get in and out of the Altima as most other cars in the class. Front passenger access is unobstructed, but rear passengers have to dip their heads to clear the sloping roofline.

Roominess

2.5
There is enough space for taller passengers up front and just enough room in back for an average-size adult, and the elevated seat gives a good forward view. But newer midsize sedans feel more spacious and airy.

Visibility

3
Comparably narrow roof pillars and a lower rear decklid give the Altima better all-around outward visibility than rivals. The standard rearview camera display is small and does not give as clear a view as competitors' systems.

Quality

2.5
The Altima misses the mark set by competitors by a wide margin due to its abundance of hard plastics and frequent creaks inside.

Utility

3
The wide and low trunk space makes the class-average 15.4-cubic-foot capacity seem bigger than it is. Bulky luggage and golf bags are easily swallowed up, and remote seatback releases further simplify loading larger items.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Nissan Altima.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Awesome comfort and economy
Tony,06/02/2018
I had to Rent-A-Car I was given Altima sv i was blown away by fuel economy and the comfort was good and very roomy I had the rental 3 weeks and liked it so much I bought a Altima a sl and iam extremely happy I would recommend getting sv or sl because of blind spot monitoring it should be in every car
A great family car
Craig Wheeler,05/17/2018
I have had several in the past, had a KIA, some other cars over the last 45 years. This is not a fancy car, not a sport car, a car you can have for 6 years and go 200000 miles with no problem. Good on trips a comfortable sedan
Enjoying the ride
Enjoying the ride,07/13/2018
I’ve owned my 2018 Altima sr midnight edition for a month now so my review is based on that so far everything good nice ride efficient no problems good on gas
I love my New Altima S
Jeanne Harrison,06/02/2018
I bought my first new Nissan in 1987 & have had many new Nissans since...I just traded my 2014 Cayenne Red Altima S & got a beautiful new 2018 Scarlet red Altima S! I love everything about this car! The ride is so smooth & quiet!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$24,320
MPG
26 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$23,260
MPG
27 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$25,910
MPG
27 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$29,110
MPG
27 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Altima safety features:

Intelligent Cruise Control
Maintains a set distance between the Altima and the car in front while using cruise control.
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
Alerts the driver if a forward collision is deemed imminent. Can also apply the brakes if no driver intervention is detected.
Blind Spot Warning
Illuminates a light near the side window when a vehicle is in the Altima's blind spot.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat3 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima vs. the competition

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord

Tall drivers will likely appreciate the Altima's front legroom. It holds a nearly 3-inch advantage over the Accord. Long-legged backseat passengers are likely to prefer the Accord, however. You get 4 more inches of rear legroom in the Accord than you do in the Altima.

In a number of areas, the Altima lags the Accord, which is all-new for 2018. It produces less horsepower, has less torque, and has a little less cargo capacity. The Altima also has slightly lower fuel economy numbers. Feature availability on comparable trims also falls short. When comparing base models, the Accord LX offers adaptive cruise control, for example. That's a feature not found on the Altima S.

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Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima vs. Toyota Camry

The Altima offers more head- and legroom up front than the Camry, and it also has a slight advantage in cargo capacity. Although the Camry gets better overall fuel economy than the Altima, the Nissan can drive about 100 miles farther on a full tank, thanks to its capacious 18-gallon gas tank.

Aside from that, the Altima faces tough competition in the Camry, which offers more power and all-new styling for 2018.

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Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima vs. Honda Civic

Although the Honda Civic is considered a compact car and the Altima is midsize, the Altima isn't substantially larger than the Civic. Both vehicles are about the same width and height. The big difference comes in the length. The Altima is about 9 inches longer than the Civic.

But that extra length doesn't equate to much more usable room. The cargo space in the cars is about the same, as is front headroom, front shoulder room and rear headroom.

Budget-minded shoppers may gravitate to the Civic's lower starting price, better fuel economy and traditionally higher resale value.

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FAQs

Is the Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima a good car?

Our opinion of the Nissan Altima over the last several years has been positive. The Altima has a lot going for it. It's stylish, has a low starting price and is an overall good value, especially considering the new safety features that are now standard on all trim levels. But the current-generation Altima is getting a little long in the tooth. You might find new offerings from Honda, Hyundai and Toyota more exciting. Still, the Altima is a solid pick, if a slightly dated one.

How can I get a Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima deal?

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Does the Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima have good MPG?

Vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter engine have an EPA rating of 31 mpg combined (27 city/38 highway). These numbers are about average for the segment. The V6 3.5 SL gets 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway). These numbers are also about average.

Does the Nissan 2018 Nissan Altima have good resale value?

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More about the 2018 Nissan Altima
2018 Nissan Altima Overview

The 2018 Nissan Altima is offered in the following submodels: Altima Sedan. Available styles include 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Altima?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Altima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Altima 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Altima.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Nissan Altima and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Altima featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Altima?
2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,005. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $6,267 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is20.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,055. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $5,981 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is23% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,390. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $6,035 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is24.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,040. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $6,595 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is24.4% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Nissan Altima?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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