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2018 Nissan Altima Price and Review | Bessemer, AL

2018 Nissan Altima

Serving Bessemer, AL, Tuscaloosa, and Hueytown

Around since 1993, the Nissan Altima has steadily blossomed as a top-tier midsize sedan due to its comfortable seating, excellent gas mileage, reliability ratings, and refined driving dynamics. The Altima, with its 2018 model year, is deep into its fifth production cycle. The 2018 Nissan Altima is split into S, SR, SV, and SL trim levels. New for this year is the Special Edition, an upgraded version of the SR trim that has distinctive features such as 18-inch gun metallic-finished alloy wheels and sports-style Prima-Tex™ fabric-covered seats.

Price and Specs Comparison


2018 Nissan Altima

Starting MSRP*


Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

27 city / 38 highway mpg**

Standard Engine

2.5-liter 4-Cylinder


179 horsepower


Xtronic CVT®

Review Video


The standard engine on the 2018 Nissan Altima is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder that produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. However, with the top-of-the-line SL trim, you can opt for a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. As a result, Nissan uses the prefixes "2.5" and "3.5" to denote the type of engine on the Altima. Each engine is hitched to a continuously variable transmission, which uses a continuous range of effective gear ratios instead of energy-consuming and bumpier gear shifting for a smoother and more efficient ride. Paddle shifters are added on the 3.5 SL to simulate manual gear shifting.


A mid-size four-door sedan with two rows of seats for a maximum occupancy of five people, the 2018 Altima has a passenger volume of up to 101.9 cubic feet. Added on the SR is 8-way power adjustability on the driver’s seat with power lumbar support. (The SR trim level—which includes the Special Edition—has racing-style seat trim.) Exclusive to the SL are leather upholstery, 4-way power adjustability on the front passenger seat, and front-row heating capability.

2018 Nissan Altima Interior


For comfort and convenience, the 2018 Nissan Altima has features that include Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, hands-free texting ability, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist® Display to reduce distraction on the road, smart keyless access with push-button engine ignition, and six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with a 5-inch color monitor. For 2018, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for controlling the stereo head unit with your smartphone is standard if the car has a 7-inch touchscreen, which is standard on the Special Edition and higher. Also making an appearance once you upgrade to the Special Edition are remote vehicle start and a three-month complimentary subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. Upgrade to the SV to add dual-zone automatic climate control. Exclusive to the SL trim level are a garage-door opener and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. And the 3.5 SL enjoys further exclusivity with a navigation system, NissanConnect for integrating infotainment functions, and a front and rear parking assistance system.


For safety in the event of a collision, the 2018 Nissan Altima has dual front impact airbags, dual front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and dual roof-mounted side curtain airbags. Also present are a rearview camera, electronic vehicle stability control, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. New for 2018 are standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, and you can upgrade to the SV or SL to add blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Test Drive Today!

To try out the 2018 Nissan Altima for yourself, come visit us at our Bessemer, Alabama Nissan dealership. With generally favorable reviews on Google, CarGurs, and, among other online platforms, we are the ideal place to come to for your next car purchase. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Nissan specialists.

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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