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Better Than Ever: The 2018 Nissan Altima

Check out the 2018 Nissan Altima! This stylish midsize sedan is turning heads with a few added features for the new model year. While competing sedans were catching up with much-needed styling updates, the 2018 Altima returns with new safety features, an optional 7-inch touchscreen and even Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. With numerous trims and entry-level price points, the Altima is a feature-packed midsized sedan that’s ideal for all kinds of buyers. Read on to learn more about the 2018 Nissan Altima and all of its best options.

First, let’s review the Altima’s trim levels. The 2018 Nissan Altima is available in the 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL trims, with the numbers for each trim denoting its engine. The base S trim gets standard features including 16-inch steel wheels, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth compatibility, keyless entry and ignition and a six-speaker system. Upgrade to the 2.5 SR and get 18-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler, running lights, paddle shifters, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and more.

Want even more luxury? Then step up to the 2.5 SV trim, which gets most features of the 2.5 SR along with satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start and more. The 2.5 L adds air vents in the rear passenger area, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a Bose sound system. The 3.5 SL adds the most in luxury features, taking all the perks of the 2.5 L and adding navigation, Nissan Connect telematics and more.

The 2018 Nissan Altima offers modest power with a stock 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Upgrade to the top-shelf 3.5 SL, though, and you’ll get a 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque—a noticeable and welcome improvement, making this trim our favorite of the bunch. Even better, the new Altima earned EPA fuel ratings of up to 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The Nissan Altima also handles better than most other midsize SUVs, with even the SR trims getting sport-tuned suspension. The brakes aren’t elite, but they’re more than adequate for the Altima’s engine options.

The new Altima also gets plenty of safety features, which is a strong selling point for a midsize sedan. The base trim gets forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking as standard, and the 2.5 SV gets rear cross-traffic alerts with blind-spot monitoring. The interior is comfortable, and buyers who spring for the SV’s Technology package can also get a sunroof and other features from the upper trims.

Want to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Nissan Altima? If so, now is a great time. The Altima might still be a year or two from getting a complete makeover, but nevertheless this car remains a heavyweight on the midsize sedan market.