2019 Nissan Altima

The all-new Altima takes its inspiration from the award-winning Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, which debuted at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Like the show car, the production Altima attracts immediate attention with its athletic stance and proportions – lower, wider and more dynamic than previous generations, thanks in part to new platform packaging and the use of two new low-profile engine designs.

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.

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