2019 NISSAN ALTIMA EDITION ONE ROAD TEST REVIEW
July 22 2019, Southside Nissan
PROVIDING ALL-WEATHER CONQUERING ALL-WHEEL DRIVE AS STANDARD EQUIPMENT
MORE POWER AND BETTER FUEL ECONOMY IS AN IDEAL COMBINATION
RIDE QUALITY AND HANDLING COMBINATION IS EXCELLENT
ALTIMA FEATURES ARE PLENTIFUL NO MATTER THE TRIM
Items found on the Platinum and Edition One that get pulled up from SV trim include advanced LED headlamps with signature LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and High Beam Assist (HBA), plus LED fog lights, dual chrome exhaust finishers, acoustic laminated glass, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, rear parking sensors, a powered moonroof, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear passenger air conditioning vents, Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Pedestrian Detection added to the otherwise standard Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB), Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Intelligent Emergency Braking, and last but hardly least ProPILOT Assist semi-automated driving capability, an exclusive Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology that can totally take over steering duties for short durations on the highway, and aid steering (if you keep your hands on the wheel) for as long as you want, by helping to keep your Altima centered within its lane. While ProPILOT Assist is engaged, ICC gets used to maintain a safe distance behind vehicles ahead, resulting in one of the more advanced semi-self-driving systems currently available.
ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE AND SAFETY FEATURES ABOUND
ELECTRONIC INTERFACES INFUSED WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART TECH
Likewise, the clarity of the display is excellent, as is its depth of colour and contrast, this made especially noticeable in the audio system's satellite radio panel that provides colourful station branding and album cover artwork, while the Bose system's sound quality was very good.
Also impressive, my tester's parking monitor was a split-screen design with a regular reverse camera featuring active guidelines to the left and an overhead 360-degree surround camera system to the right, a best of both worlds scenario. This, combined with the previously noted rear sensors, made parking very easy.
COMFORT AND ROOMINESS MEASURES UP TO THE MID-SIZE SEGMENT'S BEST
An armrest with cupholders folds down at centre, while additional rear seat amenities include reading lights overhead and, as noted earlier, two sizes of USB ports on the backside of the front centre console. Lastly, a set of air vents are fitted to that same console.
Moving farther back still, the Altima's trunk should be large enough for most peoples' needs and then some, plus its usefulness can be expanded via release pulls that allow 60/40-split rear seatbacks to tumble forward when more space is needed for transporting longer cargo. Even better, the front passenger's seatback can be fully reclined to house extra-long cargo.
Speaking of storage up front, kudos to Nissan for making the Altima's overhead sunglasses holder capable of fitting even more types and sizes of shades, this thanks to the removal of a nosepiece holder that was previously oversized. It's felt lined to protect pricey eyewear too.
ALL-SEASON SAFETY OF STANDARD AWD AND THE SECURITY OF A LOCKABLE TRUNK
As for styling, the new 2019 Altima's exterior design speaks for itself, and most should find its assertive new face to their liking. Its predominant feature is a go-big-or-go-home version of the brand's Vmotion 2.0 grille, surrounded by those sleek new headlamps mentioned earlier, while the
rest of the car portrays an athletic stance from front to back.
All said, the new Altima delivers big on style, interior design and execution, comfort and roominess, plus leading-edge infotainment, performance, fuel economy, and advanced driver assistance systems, while its safety rating should at the very least measure up to its peers. If you want new car with the all-season stability and safety of standard AWD plus the security of a lockable trunk, look no further than the impressive new 2019 Nissan Altima.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press
Photo credits: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
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