Nissan Altima the Ultimate AWD Sedan
The Nissan Altima is a great vehicle option for families, daily commuters, and more. This sedan has loads to offer in terms of safety, handling, and fuel economy. All models of the Altima come with front-wheel drive, or you can upgrade to all-wheel drive if you live in areas with wet, icy, or muddy driving surfaces. All wheel drive helps to keep your car stable on slick surfaces by controlling how much power goes to each wheel. This differential distribution of torque helps to maintain traction on the road, even when the weather wants otherwise. Having an all-wheel drive sedan can keep you safe and confident on the road during wet or cold seasons, but there are plenty of other reasons we think you should consider the Altima as your next ride.
Nissan has integrated a number of awesome safety specs and fun tech to keep you connected while you drive. Standard safety features include front and rear cross traffic alerts, blind side warnings, automatic front and rear emergency braking, and lane departure assistance to stop you from drifting out of your lane. High beam assistance will automatically change your headlights to low light when an oncoming vehicle is detected, and the adaptive cruise control feature allows you to set a predetermined following distance from the car in front of you to avoid potential impact. An especially exciting feature is the automatic collision notification which will contact emergency responders if airbags are deployed. This hands-free voice call will connect you to a response specialist who will stay on the line until the help you need is on the way. The automatic collision notification service also has the ability to contact pre-registered emergency contacts if you would like them to be notified of your accident.
Aside from keeping you safe, the Altima has a whole slew of cutting edge technology that is meant to keep you entertained or informed while on the road. The Altima’s 8 inch touch screen can display GPS navigation or pair with your smartphone to play all your favorite music. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with the Altima’s infotainment system so you can make hands-free calls, respond to texts, or change audio with ease. One of our personal favorites with the Altima is the ability to control your car via the NissanConnect app. This app gives you the power to lock and unlock your doors, start your vehicle, set temperature settings, and turn on the horn or headlights all from a distance.
Engine and Handling
Standard to all five trim options is the 2.5L four cylinder direct injection gasoline engine. This powertrain will grant you 188 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft of torque. This engine is smooth, quiet, and efficient, making it a great standard on this vehicle. If you are interested in upgrading to a sportier driving experience, look to the 2.0L turbocharged VC engine, only available on all-wheel drive models. This powerhouse provides 248 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque. Both engine options use a continuously variable automatic transmission to seamlessly shift from one gear ratio to the next while on the road, and to maximize fuel efficiency. The 2020 Altima can get you a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg, making it an extremely economical choice. This kind of mileage can save you time and money at the gas station, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Nissan has incorporated multiple technologies to help the Altima handle better on the road and increase driver confidence that their vehicle will react quickly and appropriately to their inputs. Active ride control can adapt braking patterns and engine torque to make driving in hilly areas smoother than ever before. Hill start assist is also a great feature to have in mountainous regions because it will hold the brake pressure for a couple seconds while you switch to the accelerator, preventing your Altima from rolling backwards downhill. Intelligent trace control can selectively apply brake pressure to each wheel, allowing you to smoothly round corners and maintain traction with the road.
The Altima’s chassis and independent rear suspension system helps to keep your vehicle balanced on uneven surfaces so you and your passengers can experience maximum comfort in all driving conditions. The responsive steering wheel instantaneously responds to your inputs as a driver so you can feel confident that you’re in control of your Altima even on windy roads and tight alleyways.
If you are on the market for a new everyday car, we strongly recommend the Altima. It drives like a dream, has tons of cool safety and tech features, and is affordable for the quality it provides. To check out the Altima in person, stop by Graff Nissan of Okemos today!
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