Two models are attracting attention over at Nissan this fall. The first is the Altima, which introduces a whole new generation of mid-size sedans. This newcomer arrives just in time, as its two main competitors, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, have recently been given a makeover. Under the hood, Nissan is offering the same variable compression 4-cylinder as the Infiniti QX50. This 2.0-liter turbocharged engine outputs 248 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque with a compression ratio ranging from 8:1 to 14:1, allowing the focus to switch between power and fuel economy according to the driver’s driving style. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder will still come standard, with an upgraded output of 188 HP. Nissan has announced a slight price increase compared to the 2018 model.
The other attention-grabbing model is the Kicks. This compact crossover will replace the Juke, which didn’t make it into the 2019 lineup. It has a similar formation but offers a slightly more spacious interior and four real doors, making it a viable option for families. Three versions are available for purchase: the S edition, the SV and the generously equipped SR.
Under the hood, the engine is comparable to that of competing models: a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 125 HP and 115 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s the same powertrain configuration that was previously used in the Juke. Nissan promises a combined fuel consumption rate of 33 mpg. The Kicks aims to compete with models such as the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota CH-R.