2018 Nissan Altima Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
- 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
List Price Range
$8,995 - $28,190
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Overall||6.0 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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
2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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,07/13/2018
2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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 ...Still going strong 19000 miles later...
2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Altima models:
- 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.