Finally I did it: I am a father. The fun thing is, I've always owned carriages, even before I needed it. Owning something with less than four doors has never had much meaning, which is how I ended up with a steady of soup-up pedal cars from the 60s and 70s. Now that I am a father, 74 Oldsmobile since I brought my wife and son home from the hospital seems a little dated. And that, my friends, is how I found myself on this quest to find the perfect new car. The latest contender: 2019 Nissan Altima .
2019 Nissan Altima, After the figures
- Base price (price as tested), SR VC-Turbo: $ 30,195 ($ 30,655) [1
- Motor power, SR VC-Turbo: Turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four, 248 horsepower, 280 pound feet of torque continuous variable automatic transmission; front wheel drive
- Motor power, Platinum AWD: 188 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque; continuously variable automatic transmission;
- Fuel economy, SR VC-Turbo: 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway
- Fuel economy, Platinum AWD: 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway
- Top speed SR VC-Turbo): 142 mph ( Car and driver )
- Random color facts: Nissan's variable compression steering motor uses a crank motor to change the position of the piston. Compression rates vary between 14.0: 1 and 8.0: 1, providing ideal conditions for either performance or fuel economy.
When I asked my wife what she was thinking of the new Altima, she shrugged and said, "I don't know. It's a Nissan. That's fine. . " Not a lavish approval, but certainly a window of the soul of a modern Nissan: reliable, comfortable, more or less unremarkable. But after some time in both the full-wheel drive version and the turbocharged version, I got away from the new Altima with a better than average view of the turbo.
Like most nissans, Altima offers a generous amount of space within its outer dimensions. And this year, fresh styling in line with the latest redesigner of the flagship Maxima sedan and Murano crossover has finally pulled down to Nissan's middle sedan workhorse, which imbibes it with a rather fetching look. Add in new drive wheel settings and highest safety ratings, and Altima starts making a lot of sense as a family car.
Looking at Altima from a parent's perspective, let's consider the parameter that is crucial among almost everyone else: interior space. Compared to the ever-dominant Toyota Camry and Honda Accord sedans, Altima offers a little more legroom in front and a little bit smaller at the rear. It has a larger suitcase than the Camry, but tracks Accord. Altima's back doors score the pointer: They are big, which is great when you have to sling a child safety seat that is heavier each day (presumably loaded with child) through the opening and into the middle of the back seat. There are many sedans on the market with narrow back doors that make this maneuver difficult. Not altima.
If the suitcase is not the largest in its class, make it up to it by offering a room that is long and boxed. Gasket in stroller, diaper bag, groceries and various other parents flotsam and jetsam are easy by sedan standards. If I had any beef, this sedan, like all the fast-baked models on the market except the Kia Stinger GT and the Honda Civic, was not in the hatchback format. Are you listening to car manufacturers? If you want to increase sales of sales, you might turn them into hatchbacks (or sportsbacks, liftbacks, or whatever you want to call them) is the way to go. But buyers do not always know what is good for them, otherwise many more family types would drive minibuses and small fuel efficient station wagons.
Performance-wise, Altima is lackluster-unless you go to the turbo model. It is not in any way fast sports car, but the more time I spent with it, the more I liked it. The engine – a tuned version of one Nissan user in the Infiniti QX50 – has an innovative new technology that changes engine compression rates on-the-fly to suit demand; It provides a good mix of low-speed tunnel and solid, if it is a little noisy, highway efficiency. And unlike its luxury model, the turbo Altimas engine can run on regular gasoline.
The well-known naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder is a smoother version of its former self, but it requires several revolutions to turn meaningful power out of it. The side of the less powerful naturally aspirated engine is its fuel economy. The EPA average for 2.5 is 32 miles per. Gallon, while the 2.0 liter turbo is 29 mpg. (Unfortunately, full-wheel drive version is only available with 2.5-liter engine, forcing Snow Belt buyers to make a hard choice between power and grip.)