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2021 Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima at Premier Nissan

A continuation of Nissan’s Bluebird line, the Nissan Altima is a mid-size sedan first produced in 1992. Situated between the Maxima and Sentra, the Altima started out as a model produced solely in the US for sale in North and South America.

First Generation

First produced as the 1993 model, the original Nissan Altima was first named Stanza Altima and included a sticker with Stanza on the lid of the trunk. All models for Altima were powered by the straight-4 DOHC engine with a choice of either the five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic. This model offered sporty handling from the start with strut suspension and stabilizer bars.

Available options for the first-generation Altima included power windows, digital clock, audio system and fog lights. Sport seats were available for the SE trim along with a sunroof. Nissan has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, which is why the GLE trim offered a head-up display back in 1993 and 1994. This system simply showed the speed and various warning lights on a special patch on the windshield.

Changes throughout the first generation included updates to style and comfort by replacing some amenities with others. For example, the 1995 model saw the rear speaker grilles replaced with a flat rear deck while the digital clock became an option.

Fourth Generation

First introduced in 2006, the 2007 Nissan Altima was the first of the fourth generation. This model once again changed platforms and came with an upgraded rear suspension and new front. While the engines were the same as with the third generation, they were revised.

Continuing to lead in technology advancements, this Altima included a Smart Key as standard, optional Bluetooth calling and a camera for parking assistance. Nissan also had a major facelift mid-generation with a new hood, headlights and front fascia for 2010. Electronic stability control also became standard. The manual transmission was dropped for the 2011 model year after the CVT became standard.

During this generation for the 2008 model year, Nissan released a coupe version of the Altima. It was shorter and lower in height. Two years later, the coupe got a face lift with a new hood and grille, new headlights and stylish 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Another first for Nissan came in 2007 with a hybrid Altima. This model was the first hybrid for Nissan, but it was only available in 10 states and discontinued in 2011.

Second Generation

Released in 1998, the second-generation Nissan Altima came with a new interior. Four trims offered something different for every kind of driver. The XE was plain and simple while the GXE was designed to appeal to the broadest base. The SE was sporty and the GLE more luxurious.

New features were added, such as variable intermittent wipers while other amenities became standard. Power increased with the engine improving from 150 to 160 horsepower. Side airbags were also part of the standard safety equipment while the GXE offered a Limited Edition package to include power driver’s seat.

Fifth Generation

Debuting in 2013, the fifth-generation Nissan Altima was redesigned and included both four-cylinder and V6 engines. While the sedan was larger, it was lighter in weight. The SR performance trim offered a decklid spoiler, sport cabin, leather-wrapped steering wheel and floormats with the SR logo.

A mid-generation facelift created a new look for the Nissan Altima. Zero Gravity front seats offered more stability and comfort while this model also saw new front and rear bumpers and lights. A five-inch color display was standard while a remote start system became an option. The 2018 model added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.

Third Generation

Debuting for the 2006 model year, the third-generation Nissan Altima came with a new platform and more interior space. A big change was in the option of a V6 engine for more power while the 3.5L engine increased power from 240 horses to 245.

Style was updated for the 2006 model with a new grille and redesigned cabin. All-red taillights made an impression as the available navigation system helped assist the driver in locating their destination.

With more power and space, the Altima was competitive in its market for the first time. In fact, it became so successful, Nissan moved the Maxima out of the market into the luxury segment because the Altima had taken its place in the midsize sedan category.

Sixth Generation

The sixth generation Nissan Altima debuted for 2018 with the first production ready variable compression turbo engine. This replaced the V6 engine of previous generations. Safety also improved with this model, which includes ProPilot Assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and a Nissan Intelligent Around View Monitor. This model is also one of the first from the manufacturer to provide semi-autonomous driving with Nissan ProPilot Assist.

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