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2024 Nissan Altima Review: The One That No Longer Interests Buyers

Despite being a good tourer, reasonably priced and equipped with four-wheel drive, the Nissan Altima is not a popular car.


  • Since 2019, the Nissan Altima has the distinction of being equipped with four-wheel drive.

  • Its 2.5 L engine develops 182 horsepower.

  • Pricing starts at $34,374.

 


A few new features in 2023

2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer

First of all, it’s worth noting that the Nissan Altima is now in its sixth generation, and was introduced in 2019 when the midsize sedan segment was already floundering. To ensure that the car remains up to date, Nissan made a number of improvements in 2023. The front section has been partially redesigned, LED headlights have been integrated, new colors have been added to the palette, as were new wheels, and a new 12.3-inch touchscreen has replaced the outdated 8-inch model. The good news is that Nissan has refused to throw in the towel with the Altima. However, this midsize sedan has fallen on hard times.

 

In Canada, in 2023, 1,577 units of this model were sold. That’s considerably less than the 8,547 Camrys sold by Toyota. To put things in perspective, Nissan is still managing to control the decline better than other brands such as Subaru and Kia. For its part, Subaru had a catastrophic year, selling just 351 Legacy models across Canada last year. As for Kia, it opted to withdraw from the market with the K5 after selling just 874 units.

 

These are difficult times for midsize cars, that’s for sure.

 


Under the hood

2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer

Mechanically, Nissan’s recipe could not be simpler. Under the hood is a 2.5L four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine. This is a familiar Nissan block, and a tried and tested one at that. However, with 182 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, it lacks oomph. What’s more, we found the elasticity of the continuously variable transmission unpleasant. This powertrain is mated to a four-wheel drive system. Certainly not as efficient as Subaru’s, for example, it proved satisfactory on the snowy and icy roads. That said, the Altima is not an exciting car to drive. Driving enthusiasts would certainly appreciate more feedback from the steering, which is not the most precise.

 

For the American market, Nissan offers a more powerful version of the Altima. However, if you opt for the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with variable compression, you’ll have to make do with front-wheel drive. While we thought it was a pity that Nissan didn’t want to take a chance with such a configuration on the Canadian market at a time when midsize sedans are losing popularity, we secretly dreamed that the manufacturer would eventually change its mind. In our opinion, with the recent demise of the Maxima, the situation would have been interesting.

2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer

At the end of our 600-km test drive, the on-board computer showed an average consumption of 8.2 L/100 km. Considering that this car does not benefit from any form of hybridization and bearing in mind its size as well as the climatic conditions, this rating seems quite reasonable. For its part, Natural Resources Canada announces a fuel consumption rating of 7.9 L/100 km in combined driving. The rating rises by 0.2 L/100 km for an SR or Platinum version.

 


How much does the Nissan Altima 2024 cost?

 

The Nissan Altima 2024 costs $34,374 in base S trim. At the top of the range, you’ll find the Platinum version, which costs a minimum of $40,774. In between is the SR version we tested. Its price is $37,274. The Premium package is an interesting $2,200 option that includes, among other things, a 12.3-inch color touch screen, a Bose audio system with 9 speakers and an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror. Ironic as it may seem, this price range is lower than that of the Nissan Rogue.

2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer

The interior layout certainly doesn’t deserve its own paragraph. That said, it’s worth mentioning that the front seats are comfortable, and the trunk is large. This car would be just the thing for families however, they prefer to opt for an SUV most of the time.

 


In brief

 

At the end of a week spent behind the wheel of the 2024 Nissan Altima, we were able to observe, once again, that this is a comfortable midsize sedan and a very good driver. All in all, it does the job pretty well. Unfortunately for it, there’s no passion for it, and the midsize sedan segment is slowly dying in Canada. Buyers have deserted the segment, and they’re simply not coming back.

2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Nissan Altima SR | Photo: Germain Goyer

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