2018 Nissan Altima

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Nissan Altima highlights

Customer rating


  • Roomy interior
  • Quiet cabin
  • Quick acceleration


  • Infotainment system's user interface could be improved
  • Some engine noise in the cabin
  • Handling doesn't feel balanced

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 32 highway, 26 combined

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All Nissan Altima years

What is new for the 2018 Nissan Altima?

  • The Base trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • Altima trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • Leatherette Seats features are now available as options on select trims.

2018 Nissan Altima trims

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  • 179-hp, 177-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • View our Nissan Altima S inventory




  • Includes all features available on the SV
  • 270-hp, 251-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • Leather Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Sunroofs
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Parking Sensors
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • View our Nissan Altima SL inventory

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Nissan Altima

1. Cruise easy

When you need to get from point A to point B, the 2018 Nissan Altima stays true to the job, returning an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

This means you can go farther between fill-ups, which makes the Altima a great choice for any trip. This midsize sedan is a trusted travel companion on journeys long and short, with the curves of a sporty coupe to boot.

2. One powerful powertrain

These days, you can find yourself sorting through a book-length menu of engine and transmission options for a single vehicle. While variety can be a perk, it can also be overwhelming. On the 2018 Nissan Altima, you don't have to worry about that. The 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 179 hp and automatic transmission is standard on all models, giving you one less thing to think about. That's plenty of punch for a commuter sedan, allowing you to focus on the custom trims and features that will make any drive cozy.

3. Four great trims

The 2018 Nissan Altima is available in four trims: S, SR, SV, and SL. The entry-level Altima S comes standard with cruise control, smart key ignition, and a rearview camera. If you're an audiophile, you'll enjoy the five-inch infotainment display, six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth® capability, and USB port. Upgrade to the SR trim to add paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, and leatherette interior, or to the SV trim to get all those features plus blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and dual-zone climate control. The top-of-the-line SL trim packs so many features, it's a reason to buy in itself.

4. Luxury features

The highest-level SL trim makes any trip a first-class journey. Building off all the features of the SV, you can bask in the beat of a nine-speaker Bose® premium sound system, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capability. In addition to the entertainment, you'll get warm ambient lighting, a sunroof, and a heated front seat and steering wheel. While the 2018 Nissan Altima might look like a standard sedan from the outside, the bevy of perks on the SL trim offer a sports-car-like experience on the inside.

5. Spacious interior

Whichever trim you choose, you can rest assured that you'll have the space you need for whatever the journey demands. With seating for five—upholstered in smooth leatherette and cloth if you opt for the SR trim—the 2018 Nissan Altima also has 15.4 cu-ft of trunk space. The trunk shape is uniquely wide and deep, and the back seats fold down with a 60/40 split. Plus, with 36.1 inches of rear-seat legroom, friends and family can stretch out for the journey.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the Nissan Altima is a car that is comfortable to drive and has a spacious trunk and cargo room.

RepairPal gave the Nissan Altima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Altima 14th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Nissan Altima features and specs

SL 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Sunroof(s)

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