2019 Nissan Altima SV FWD new car reviews

The big news with the 2019 Nissan Altima? Something Nissan calls ‘ProPILOT Assist’.

We’ll let Nissan explain it: “When it comes to enhancing driving enjoyment, the 2019 Altima stands alone with Nissan's advanced ProPILOT Assist. Unique in the class, ProPILOT Assist eases driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions, such as single-lane highway driving.

ProPILOT Assist is the foundation for the autonomous vehicles of the future, helping drivers stay centered in the lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic, maintain a set vehicle speed and maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead.”

Now that’s pretty cool. Especially on our FWD SV, a car that starts at $28,180.

Altima. It sounds very Latin, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not, though we surmise that its similarity to ‘ultimate’ did not go unnoticed by Nissan Execs. Sounds like they’re trying to make the new Nissan Altima the ultimate driving machine.

Wait, where have we heard that before?

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
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A new Nissan means more time with a CVT. At first, these gearboxes didn’t feel much more refined than the one in my ’84 Honda scooter as the engine kinda whined away as the car went from Point A to Point B.

Yes, power was sent to the wheels, and I’m sure that efficiency was improved, but the driving experience felt rather lackluster. It was up there with receiving a weak handshake. “Oh, hi, nice to meet you. I think.”

But, wait, the gearbox in the new Altima feels normal. What’s up?

What’s up is Nissan’s latest Xtronic CVT gearbox. It’s still a CVT, but it feels more like a traditional automatic box. Let’s call it 85% normal.

Here’s how Nissan describes it:

"For drivers, it feels very much like the automatic transmissions they are familiar with. D-step shift logic can hold a constant gear ratio like a conventional step-gear automatic transmission but adds the flexibility and smoothness of a CVT."

I’d give the rest of the car strong marks. Nissan, give your styling team a pony. The new face and chiseled lines look great. Great use of chrome up front.

The seats, though, could use a bit more bolstering. I’d call the fronts a bit too flat for me. The controls felt good, though. Steering felt overboosted yet not dead on-center.

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Vigo MegaDork
6/28/19 10:12 p.m.

I wish the Maxima wasn't in such a place that it was basically just used to beta-test Altima redesigns. 

Car looks nice. 

Feedyurhed UltraDork
6/29/19 3:44 p.m.

CVT? I am out. I simply won't do that or a start/stop vehicle. Every time I have to rent a vehicle they have one or both of these features. Hate them all. 

Shadeux New Reader
6/29/19 4:47 p.m.

Nissan usually releases a really well-baked product, and then rides that thing into the sunset.  It's probably decent.

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