Highs and Lows: 2024 Nissan Altima

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee
Image Credit: Kyle Patrick

The Nissan Altima continues to be a survivor in the constantly shrinking family sedan segment. Over the past few months, it was announced two more competitors, the Chevrolet Malibu and Subaru Legacy, will be discontinued.

So, where does that leave the Altima? On one hand, in a good position as there are fewer entries to chose between. On the other hand, the dwindling customer pool still includes some seriously stiff competition like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

We recently spent a week with the 2024 Nissan Altima SR and found there is plenty to like about the so-called mid-size sedan, but also a few areas in need of improvement. Below are two of the best features on the 2024 Altima, and two we think need to be addressed.

High – Exterior Styling

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The Altima wears familiar family styling shared throughout the brand’s sedan range. It arguably looks the best on the Altima though. In a class with a variety of edgy designs, the Altima may play it a bit safer than the Kia K5 or Hyundai Sonata. But the various angles and creases make the Nissan look sportier than what lies under the skin, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Low – Engine

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Although the Altima can be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, it’s only available on the top-of-the-line SR VC-Turbo trim. What’s more, it can only be had with front wheel-drive.

That leaves the vast majority of 2024 Nissan Altima trims with the brand’s aging 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Despite the competitive figures of 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, the large four-cylinder feels outclassed in this segment. Many competitors now offer small, turbocharged engines and/or hybrid powertrains in at least mid-trim models. These units are either more responsive, more efficient, quieter, or a combination all three.

High - All-Wheel Drive

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With the Subaru Legacy about to be put out to pasture, the Nissan Altima has one of the most robust all-wheel drive offerings in the segment. Granted, it can’t be had on the top trim as mentioned above, but it can still be optioned on all but one other trim. Skipping the entry S trim level, the SV, SR, and SL can all have the rear wheels powered along with the front.

Low – Rear Seat Space

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Mid-size sedans usually transport rear seat passengers on the regular. The Altima is quite capable of carrying adolescents and smaller adults, but it does lack legroom compared to the car’s key competitors. Taller folks, or those with long legs, may find the seating position a bit tight in the back of this Nissan.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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