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2024 Nissan Altima SR

Starting from CAD $34,383

The Altima is a no-nonsense sedan, and while it isn’t exciting, it doesn’t necessarily disappoint either. It gets the job done, and during a time when many buyers switch their focus to SUVs, it’s a solid choice if you don’t want to follow the herd. While not a class leader going up against the likes of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry, the Altima delivers good value at a relatively low cost.


The Altima stands out for its good looks, which is one of its best-selling points. The front of the car has a bold and sporty appearance, thanks to its large grille and stylish LED headlights. My tester didn’t have a front license plate, which made the large grille stand out more, adding to the sporty look. But for many buyers, especially in Ontario, having a front plate is a must since it’s required to drive on public roads.

The SR trim adds sporty touches that include a unique grille and stylish 19-inch alloy wheels, which make this Altima stand out. While the rear of the car isn’t as good as the front, it maintains a clean appearance with its simple design. One downside is the lack of LED lights in the rear, even on higher trims, only standard bulbs are used for illumination at night. This is a little disappointing, as I would’ve expected the fully loaded models to feature some sort of distinctive LED lighting.


All trims are powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and is paired with a CVT transmission. Its performance isn’t necessarily bad for everyday driving, but the acceleration is quite slow. In my testing, I recorded a time of 8.7 seconds when accelerating to 100km/h from a standstill. The power is there when you need it, and the Altima does well when merging onto the highway or overtaking other cars, but it’s not impressive or exciting.

Nissan is known for its controversial Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and the Altima is equipped with one. However, the CVT in the Altima is tuned well and operates without any noticeable issues. One downside with the CVT is that it makes the driving experience somewhat bland. While this may not be a problem for most shoppers, it’s not the best choice for drivers seeking an engaging driving experience.

Unfortunately, the Altima is starting to show its age as it lacks a hybrid powertrain option, which is disappointing in 2024. Considering this model was refreshed in 2019 and is being discontinued after 2025, it’s unlikely to get any updates.

Interior & Technology

The interior of the Altima is well put together and straightforward. While it doesn’t stand out compared to some competitors and shows its age, considering the vehicle was redesigned in 2019, it’s still perfectly functional. I like how everything is positioned to make it convenient for the driver, and having physical buttons for the climate control is always a plus, especially when manufacturers are moving toward touchscreen controls. While the interior isn’t flashy or the best in class, it’s a comfortable place to be, especially during daily commutes. The front seats are supportive, and there’s ample space in both rows. With good legroom and headroom in both rows, the Altima is a great people mover.

Despite feeling somewhat outdated in some areas, the Altima does well when it comes to tech. The large 12.3″ infotainment touchscreen sits high on the dashboard and catches your eye as soon as you enter the vehicle. It’s responsive and works smoothly, but the UI does feel somewhat outdated. Thankfully, you get wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allows you to use your phone’s UI and maintain a clutter-free cabin by eliminating the need for cables. The speedometer is somewhat of a letdown, and while it’s functional, the half-digital and half-analog display takes away from the visual appeal. Given that Nissan’s other vehicles have fully digital speedometers, it’s a missed opportunity for the Altima. Although the current setup works fine, I prefer a fully digital display, especially on a fully-loaded model.

As for the driver assistance system, the Altima comes with Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, which includes features such as steering assist and radar cruise control. During my testing, these performed well.

Fuel Economy

The Altima SR AWD is rated at 9.3/6.7/8.1 L/100km (City/Highway/Combined). In my week-long test, I averaged 8.9L/100km, which included both city and highway driving. Considering the Altima is a mid-size sedan with AWD, the fuel rating isn’t too bad. However, this vehicle could benefit from a hybrid powertrain, but considering it will most likely be discontinued after 2025, we probably won’t see that as an option.


The Altima is priced reasonably, starting at $34,383, which is in line with mid-size sedans from other manufacturers. The base model offers good value and comes with features like remote start and heated front seats, perfect for the harsh Canadian winters. It also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, which is far better than the infotainment UI. I tested the SR Premium model, which I believe offers the best value. It adds sporty elements that enhance the sedan’s visual appeal, along with great features such as a larger 12.3″ infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather seats, and a Bose speaker system that sounds great. All of this is available for under $40,000, making this Altima a great deal for a mid-size sedan.

Overall, the Altima is a solid choice in the midsize sedan segment. While it may not outshine competitors like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry, it delivers significant value at a relatively low cost. Getting an almost fully loaded mid-size sedan for under $40,000 is a fantastic deal, especially for buyers who prefer sedans over SUVs.

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