Nissan Altima Review — Affordable & Reliable Japanese Mid-Size Sedan

The Nissan Altima has been a mainstay in the mid-size sedan segment for over 30 years. This Japanese sedan has been a consistent top seller for the brand across the globe. The Altima is also recognised as a perfect family sedan. In our review of the Nissan Altima, we find out the reason behind these accolades for the sedan.

Our Nissan Altima review unit is currently for sale on DubiCars by Kavak in the UAE. This sedan has over 110,000km on the ODO and yet the quality, fit and finish are still showroom-fresh, typical of a Japanese car. Kavak is also offering an attractive 1.99% finance offer and a 1-year free warranty on this Nissan Altima.


The Nissan Altima was first introduced in 1992 and has since become one of Nissan’s best-selling vehicles. The sixth generation, which includes the 2018 model, debuted in 2016 with a focus on sharper styling, improved technology, and enhanced driving dynamics. Here is a linked article on the complete history of the Nissan Altima in detail.

Exterior Design

The 2018 Nissan Altima SL features a bold and sleek exterior design. The V-motion grille dominates the front fascia, flanked by sharp LED headlights. The flowing lines along the body and sculpted fenders give the Altima a sporty presence. 

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The SL trim adds chrome accents around the windows and door handles, along with a 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheel for a more premium look. The dual-exhaust tips at the rear add a touch of sportiness to the sedan.

Interior Design

The interior of the 2018 Nissan Altima SL is comfortable and well-appointed. The heated leather seats are inviting, and the driver’s seat offers power adjustments with memory settings. 

The cabin uses a combination of soft-touch materials and high-quality plastics that create a refined ambience. The Altima offers ample space for front and rear passengers to travel in comfort, especially for longer journeys. This gives the sedan traits of being a good daily driver and a weekend getaway mile muncher too.


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Engine & Performance

The Nissan Altima uses a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine paired with a CVT automatic gearbox. Here are the performance figures of the powertrain:

  • Max Power: 188hp
  • Peak Torque: 240Nm
  • 0 to 100km/h: 8.6 seconds 
  • Top Speed: 195km/h

Driving Impressions

While the 2018 Nissan Altima SL prioritizes comfort over sporty handling, it delivers a composed and predictable driving experience. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is known for its smooth operation and fuel efficiency. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard on the Altima.

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The suspension effectively absorbs bumps and road imperfections, making it a great choice for long commutes or cruising on highways. The steering is light and precise at low speeds, but it can feel a bit numb on highways. The brakes are strong and provide ample stopping power.

Review Verdict

The 2018 Nissan Altima SL is a compelling option for those seeking a comfortable, well-equipped, and fuel-efficient mid-size sedan. It offers a smooth drive from a reliable engine, and a comprehensive list of standard features, including advanced safety technologies. 

If you prioritize comfort, features, and value, the 2018 Nissan Altima SL is worth considering. Find this Nissan Altima listed for sale on DubiCars by Kavak.

Nissan Altima Price In The UAE

Our 2018 Nissan Altima SL, the top-spec trim in the sedan is priced at AED 57,000. According to DubiCars data, you can find 2018 Altima sedans listed for sale starting from AED 29,000 in the UAE.

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