2019 Nissan Altima AWD vs Competitors


The 2019 class of mid-size sedans is more competitive than ever, but the Nissan Altima AWD still stands out from the pack with its impressive features both standard and optional. The Altima has been fully redesigned for this model year and is one of the only vehicles in the class to offer all-wheel drive. It also offers a new, more powerful and efficient engine, comfortable seating, and a generous package of driver-assistive technology. The Altima’s competition includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Subaru Legacy. Let’s take a close look at how the Altima stacks up against these competitors.



Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The ’19 Nissan Altima S (base trim) with intelligent AWD has a starting MSRP of $25,350. The Altima’s initial purchase price is slightly higher than competitor vehicles’ base pricing, but this is mainly due to the Altima’s inclusion of AWD, which most competitors do not offer. Similar to most vehicles in this class, the Altima includes a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Altima also comes with Nissan roadside assistance, which includes coverage for flat tire changes, jump starts, vehicle lockouts, and emergency fuel delivery.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Altima AWD comes standard with 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that delivers 188 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque; this engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission, while the majority of the competition pairs their engines to a conventional automatic transmission. Altima also achieves an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, which is impressive for an AWD midsized sedan. In fact, the AWD Altima is still more fuel efficient than the front-wheel drive Optima.

Passenger Comfort and Amenities

The Altima’s interior, with its spaciousness and above-average amenities, is one of its most attractive features. It has more front legroom than both the Accord and Camry and includes some advanced technology that you will have to pay extra for on rival vehicles. For instance, all Altima models include Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, but the Honda Accord does not. The Altima also includes class-exclusive USB type-C outlets to ensure that you will be able to charge all of the newest devices in the upcoming years that switch to USB type-C charging.


With its advanced airbag system, durable construction, and inclusion of advanced safety features, the Altima earned a 2019 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Altima trims are equipped with a class-exclusive advanced safety feature known as intelligent forward collision warning. This system monitors the distance and velocity of vehicles in front of you and alerts you if it detects a possible collision. This outstanding sedan also features available rear automatic braking, which alerts you and applies the brakes if it detects a potential collision while you are backing up. As mentioned, the Altima is now available with all-wheel drive, making it the only four-door in this comparison with that as an option (AWD is a standard feature on the Subaru Legacy). The Altima also comes with an exclusive tire pressure monitoring system with class-exclusive easy-fill tire alert. To make filling your tires easier than ever before, the horn will beep once the tire is at the correct pressure.