We test out Nissan’s sixth-generation Altima
hese days, more and more manufacturers are switching to Crossovers and SUV by replacing the good ol’ sedan we grew up with. But that doesn’t mean the four-door arena is no longer competitive, especially in the sedan market. Nissans are a common sight on Bahraini roads, especially with sedans like the Sunny, Altima and Maxima. Let’s not forget the high and mighty Patrols that seem to hog every inch of the tarmac, but that’s not what we are going to talk about today. Because there is a sedan with a rich 25-year heritage, and it’s back with the all new 2019 Nissan Altima, now representing the nameplate’s biggest step forward in terms of looks, tech and performance. So naturally, we had to get our hands on one and check it all out!
Let’s talk looks
You can say the outgoing Nissan Altima wasn’t exactly as sharp looking as most modern-day mid-size sedans. Luckily, this new sixth-generation ditches its predecessors’ looks for a more inspired appearance by getting longer, lower and wider, with nearly 2 additional inches built into the wheelbase. Like its big brother Maxima, it has a more ‘in-yo-face’ kind of a grille dubbed as ‘V-Motion’ and additional to that, you also get the new aggressive LED lights and a sleek floating roof design. Off to great start so far.
Time to hop in
Inside, inspiring vibes continue with a more stimulating layered dash, contrasting two-tone panels and stitched, soft-touch surfaces. Our mid-level SV tester included desirable options like the ambient interior lighting, memory settings for the driver’s seat, heated/cooled front seats and a power sunroof. The flat-bottomed steering could have had a some paddle shifters to complete the ‘driver’s car’ feel, but the soft armrests made cruising and sitting in traffic during rush-hour more bearable for us. Regardless of what trim you choose (starting from S to SR), every Altima is equipped with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A great feature to mention is that the infotainment interface has a customize-able main menu which makes it easier for personalization. On the safety front, the Altima in SV trim comes standard with Intelligent Cruise Control, Bling Spot Warning, Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Forward Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and 360-degree camera.
Engine and Performance
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine pushing out 188-horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with variable compression (or VC-Turbo, as Nissan calls it) bumps the output to 248-horsepower and 273lb-ft of torque is also available, but only on higher trim models. A continuously variable transmission is standard across all trims with both engines. On the move, the new Altima sure feels and handles like a driver’s car. Its new underpinning include reworked rear shocks as well as a beefed up rear suspension reinforcements, all of which results with a much improved steering response and feedback. We’ll have to hand to Nissan, the new Altima sure feels more eager to turn in, body roll is kept in check through corners and steering feedback is top-notch and definitely gets our approval.
It’s without a doubt a more interesting Altima then before. If you’re shopping for a midsize sedan, the new Altima’s appealing looks inside and out, well-equipped tech and improved performance are all strong selling points. Not to mention with a starting price of BD9,345, the Altima sure is worth all the pennies. Head over to Nissan Almoayed to book your test-drive today and experience it for yourself.