Nissan Gets Ready to Celebrate 30 Years of Altima

April 8th, 2022 by

A red 2021 Nissan Altima is shown parked in a modern gallery after leaving a used Nissan Altima dealer.

Has it really been almost 30 years? It seems like almost yesterday those first Nissan Altimas started hitting the streets back in 1993. Those first-generation models showed the promise of a great midsize sedan that can be found today at your used Nissan Altima dealer. The Altima quickly emerged as a leader in its vehicle class, combining exceptional performance, sporty looks, solid fuel economy, and a roomy, luxurious interior into a very affordable car.

At Thomas Nissan of Joliet, we offer the full lineup of Nissan vehicles, including new, used, and certified pre-owned Altimas. Stop in and see why the Altima has staked out its position as the finest midsize sedan on the road today—a legacy that goes back to 1993 and has extended over 6 generations of this model. While other automakers have been scaling back the production of coupes and sedans, Nissan correctly recognizes that there is a place for these stylish, efficient vehicles. Whether you are a family driver, a commuter, or someone who enjoys performance, there is something for you in the Nissan Altima. To celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Nissan Altima, let’s take a look at a few of the highlights of this sedan.

#1 Exceptional Exterior and Interior for a Midsize Sedan

The first thing you are sure to notice about the Nissan Altima is its clean lines. The current model of the Altima represents the sixth generation, introduced for the 2019 model year. The sloping hood provides you with excellent visibility over the Altima’s front end while also making the car highly aerodynamic. Nissan has given the Altima’s front end a sporty grille offset by a pair of angled headlights. When you see the Altima, there is no mistaking it for another midsize sedan. The aerodynamic looks continue over the roofline, efficiently channeling the wind to reduce drag. The rear slopes down to a tight trunk that can look deceiving; however, opening it reveals a full 15.4 cubic feet of space for your belongings.

Open the door and climb inside the Altima. You will be struck by its spacious interior, with up to 100 cubic feet of space for you and up to 4 passengers. The designers at Nissan have done a successful job of apportioning this space between the two rows. As a result, front row passengers will enjoy 43.8 inches of legroom, while the rear row passengers can stretch out with 35.2 inches of legroom in the back. Headroom is also good, with up to 39 inches in the front and over 36 inches in the back. This means that you won’t be getting any complaints from your taller passengers.

Nissan has also chosen gorgeous materials for the interior of the Altima. Whether you choose one with cloth seat trim, special sport cloth, or even leather, you will find the materials tasteful and comfortable.

A blue 2020 Nissan Altima is shown from the front driving on a city street.

#2 Two Exceptional Powertrains

The sixth-generation Nissan Altima comes with a choice of two powerful and efficient engines. Each will provide you with the performance you are looking for in a midsize sedan. The 2.5-liter Direct Injection Gasoline DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine provides you with 188 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 gas engine uses electronic sequential multi-point fuel injection to produce 248 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both of these engines come paired with the continuously variable transmission (Xtronic CVT) to provide you with better fuel efficiency. The choice of powertrain combinations on the Altima has been named a top ten engine and propulsion system by Wards.

#3 Chock Full of Safety Features

Nissan has made passenger safety a priority on all of its models, and the Altima is no exception. Every model comes equipped with intelligent forward collision warning to let you know if there is an imminent impact between your Altima and the car in front of you. When this happens, the Altima will engage the automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection to bring your sedan to a stop, avoiding a collision or reducing its impact.

The standard lane departure warning will come in handy when you change lanes when you are driving your Altima on the highway. When you signal to change lanes, the system will alert you if any other vehicle is driving in your Altima’s blind sport. The high beam assist comes in handy when driving your Altima at night. Instead of turning your high beam headlights on and off depending on lighting and traffic, the system will automatically turn them on when you get into a particularly dark part of the road and then turn them off when lighting improves, or another vehicle is detected.

Finally, the Altima’s standard intelligent driver alertness system will gauge if you are losing focus, such as due to drowsiness. When this happens, your Altima will alert you and advise you to pull over to take a break from driving. With the Nissan Altima, getting you there safely is job number one. This is why the Altima has been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety every year since 2019.

#4 Advanced Technology

Nissan Intelligent Mobility is a set of features dedicated to leveraging technology to make Nissan vehicles like the Altima more connected and advanced. This can be seen in the NissanConnect system that comes standard on all models of the Altima. This system integrates smartphone connectivity with key vehicle information and entertainment options. For example, you can easily connect your smartphone to the system through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, depending on your phone’s operating system. Bluetooth will help you stay connected, while Siri Eyes Free will allow you to access all of your apps through simple voice recognition.

Finally, each model has an audio system, including some of the top trims that sport a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system for the ultimate in audio enjoyment. The NissanConnect system on your Altima will make driving more enjoyable for you and your passengers.

An orange 2021 Nissan Altima is shown from above driving on a city street after leaving a used Nissan Altima dealer.

#5 A Great Ride

Since it was first introduced 30 years ago, the Nissan Altima has come to be known as a sedan that is fun to drive and enjoyable to ride in. In addition to a powertrain that will get you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.4 seconds, you get a choice of front-wheel drive for better fuel economy or all-wheel drive for better traction. No matter which drivetrain you choose, the Altima comes with a suspension system that will keep your passengers comfortable regardless of the road conditions.

This is due to the fact that it combines the best of both worlds. The front suspension is an independent strut design with twin-tube front strut shock absorbers, while the rear has a multi-link independent suspension with monotube shock absorbers. Both front and rear sport stabilizer bars assist with the performance of the shock absorbers. This will help your Altima handle every rut and pothole you are sure to encounter on the road of life. In this way, your passengers will enjoy the ride as much as you do.

Find the Ultimate Midsize Sedan Experience in the Nissan Altima

Whether you buy one new, used, or certified pre-owned, you are getting an exceptional sedan when you drive an Altima. The powertrain will give you incredible performance without hitting you in the wallet every time you have to fill up the gas tank. This helps make the Altima ideal for drivers who commute, as well as those who want more money to spend on the family. The roomy interior is great for family drivers, while the sporty looks are sure to catch the eye of those who want a car that looks as good as it drives. Finally, with all that Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology keeping you safe and entertained, the Altima shows how modern innovation can be used to make a car even better. This is why the Altima is the ultimate.