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2019 Nissan Altima Packs in More Features for Competitive Price

2019 Nissan Altima Packs in More Features for Competitive Price
2019 nissan altima

the honda accord and toyota camry jockey for the top spot as sedan sales leader each month, with the nissan altima perennially coming up short. the redesigned-for-2019 model's attractive pricing and new features are likely to turn shoppers' heads. when the 2019 altima goes on sale, it'll start at $24,645, slightly above the outgoing model's $24,155 base price (all prices include destination).

the new altima is the sixth generation of the mid-size sedan and packs a lot of changes for 2019, including an updated multimedia system, new turbocharged used engine and available all-wheel drive — something the accord and camry don't offer.

under the hood, the v-6 is gone for 2019, replaced by a new optional 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. the standard used engine is a 188-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. although it has the same displacement as last year's used engine , nissan says it features 80 percent new parts and a small bump in power. both used engine are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

trim levels include s, sr, sv, sl and platinum. the base price is for the entry s model, which comes well-equipped with standards like forward automatic emergency braking, a driver drowsiness monitor, the rear-door alert system, apple carplay and android auto, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display. all-wheel drive is an additional $1,350 option across the lineup, but it's only available with the base used engine . the optional used engine is only available on the sr and platinum trims; it's $4,050 extra on the sr and $3,000 extra on the platinum.

sr models start at $25,995, adding upgrades like sport seats, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

sv models start at $28,825 and add goodies like a moonroof, led foglights, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. sv and higher trims come with many more safety features under nissan's safety shield 360 umbrella: it adds pedestrian detection to the forward automatic braking system, as well as rear automatic braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and the propilot assist adaptive cruise control and lane-centering system. these are unavailable on the s and sr trims. 

the range continues to climb with the sl starting at $30,735 and the top platinum trim at $32,675. additional features include a premium sound system, navigation, leather seats, driver memory seat and around-view camera.

the new altima's pricing puts it squarely in between its rivals. it undercuts the camry — but just barely. the 2019 toyota camry starts at $24,765 and features some safety standards only available on higher-trim altimas, namely the safety sense p system, which includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, high-speed adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.

the 2018 honda accord (model-year 2019 prices aren't yet available) starts a bit lower at $24,465 and its base model comes with more standard safety goodies, too, like adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

the 2019 nissan altima goes on sale wednesday.

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