For more than two decades, the Nissan Altima has enjoyed the spotlight as one of the most favored mid-size sedans across the globe. As the go-to vehicle of families who want a comfortable ride, the Altima offers features that exceed those of other vehicles of the same class. Sporty yet stylish, this sedan packs more than just good looks. With its nimble handling and robust powertrain, the Nissan Altima is both safe and fun to drive.
1993 – 1997: First generation
The first-generation Nissan Altima was unveiled to the public on June 15, 1992. As a replacement of the Stanza, the first Altima sported features that were similar to that of the Nissan Bluebird trim. Standard features of this sedan include a 150 hp- KA24DE engine paired with either a four-speed or a five-speed automatic transmission, comfortable seats that could accommodate four adults easily, and taut suspension assembly. By 1997, the Altima 1997.5 models included a crash-protection feature for side-impacts.
1998 – 2001: Second generation
Released in 1998, the second-generation Altima was only available to the American market. While the sedan boasted of a more powerful engine (from 100 hp to 150 hp) and better suspensions, there were a few misgivings about its overall design. Despite the more spacious interior, many customers felt that it lacked the quality found in the previous generation.
2002 – 2006: Third generation
The third-generation Altima presented a radical change in the design of the vehicle. As the first mass-marketed Altima, this generation of the well-loved sedan has an expanded interior volume and was the first to be outfitted with a powerful 240-hp V6 engine with 249 pound-feet of torque. With more power under the hood and stylish interiors, the third-generation Altima was the most esteemed among all models including those from the previous generation. However, some consumers found that the elongated wheelbase made the steering circle too wide.
2007 – 2012: Fourth generation
Released in April 2006, the fourth-generation Nissan Altima sported many recent innovations in terms of vehicle design. Bluetooth connection, Smart Key access, and a parking camera were just some of the additions to this sedan. Moreover, the third-generation Altima was the first of its kind to use the front-wheel drive automobile or Nissan D platform. Despite the shorter wheelbase, the interiors of the new Altima remained mostly the same. However, its 270-hp V6 engine, anti-lock braking system, and continuously variable transmission (CVT) made a huge difference in terms of vehicle performance.
2013 Onwards: Fifth generation
Designed in 2012 as a 2013 model, the fifth-generation Altima continues to use a V6 engine, despite speculations that the Altima will drop the V6 in favor of a 4-cylinder engine. The new Altima has a refined CVT, which increases the fuel economy of the vehicle. The rest of the features found in the fourth-generation Altima are carried over to the fifth generation.