Dec 21, 2018

What we're driving: The 2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima is loaded with safety features. Photo: Nissan

This week's ride is the 2019 Nissan Altima, the perennial runner-up in a shrinking sedan market behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

The big picture: The redesigned Altima looks to shake things up with the addition of optional all-wheel-drive (which the Camry and Accord don't offer), two new engine choices and a huge array of active-safety features.

The cutting-edge stuff: The Altima is the latest vehicle in Nissan's lineup to get ProPilot Assist, which helps maintain a safe distance from the car ahead and stay centered in its highway lane. It also handles stop-and-go traffic, which helps take stress off the driver.

  • More safety stuff: Altima's long list of available safety features includes rear automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.
  • Even the base model, at $23,750, has forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. The top-of-the-line model will set you back another $12,000.

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