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Why the Nissan Altima Is the Ultimate Commuter

Midsize sedans aren’t, by nature, exciting. That’s not to say they’re boring, spartan, or in any way less capable of making the daily commute than faster, bigger, or more heavy-duty vehicles. They just aren’t typically the type of vehicles to get a driver’s heart racing, at least not without spending a great deal of money for a BMW M5 or a Mercedes AMG E 53. Instead, sedans are designed to be the best way for daily drivers to get from here to there. They are safe, reliable, comfortable, economical, and easy to operate. Every once in a while, you get something like the 2024 Nissan Altima, which checks off all of these boxes and offers a little more than your typical sedan.

The Nissan Altima has had a long journey from the original 1993 Nissan Stanza Altima to the sophisticated and powerful vehicle it has become. With a great journey comes great experience, which has led to countless improvements and upgrades with each successive generation of the Altima. Today’s Altima is spacious, comfortable, and equipped with state-of-the-art technology without losing its reliability or economical nature.

The 2024 Nissan Altima has been carefully engineered and designed to provide everyday drivers with exactly what they need, want, and expect. For drivers who spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, here’s how Nissan has perfected the Altima just for you.

Power and Performance

Perhaps one of the things that gives the 2024 Nissan Altima the edge among daily drivers is having just the right number of choices offered. Unlike some brands that offer a mind-numbing abundance of choices, or those that appear to be cutting every possible corner when it comes to driver comfort, the Altima offers an array of choices that make sense. Instead of wading through an endless list of possibilities, Altima drivers can make a few choices that will give them the best car for their needs.

The first impressive and significant choice is between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. While still a rarity in the sedan market, all-wheel drive is offered on the SV, SR, and SL trims. Granted, drivers who select all-wheel drive will only have one engine option available to them, but the Altima’s standard 2.5L I-4 is not only reasonably powerful and responsive but delightfully economical as well. In the all-wheel drive Altima, this engine offers a reasonable and enjoyable 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque with a combined fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon. Front-wheel drive models have slightly more pep, with 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and a combined fuel economy between 31 and 32 miles per gallon, depending on the model selected.

Those who prefer front-wheel drive can also select the SR VC-Turbo model. VC-Turbo refers to the Altima’s exclusive Variable Compression Turbo engine. This 2.0L turbocharged engine provides a very impressive 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque alongside an equally impressive 29 miles per gallon combined fuel rating.

The black interior of a 2024 Nissan Altima with zero gravity front bucket seats.

Comfort and Convenience

While everything about the 2024 Altima is related to driver comfort and convenience, perhaps one of the most cherished features is Nissan’s zero gravity front bucket seats. Regardless of upholstery or trim, drivers can commute comfortably with seats that are specifically designed to take the pressure off of the areas most impacted by long hours behind the wheel. This may seem like a lackluster selling point until you experience these seats on the road for a few hours. The difference is astounding.

Drivers can take advantage of many voice-controlled features. From “OK, Google” and “Hey, Siri” to “Alexa” and “Hello, Nissan,” each system offers drivers the ability to handle smart devices, select the perfect driving music, and get information about possible routes.

Many features are controlled through the touchscreen. A seven-inch touchscreen is standard equipment in the SV and SR trims, while stepping up to the SL and SR VC-Turbo trims brings along a 12.3-inch touchscreen. This larger screen can be optioned into the SV and SR trims as well. When equipped with the available Wi-Fi hotspot, the Altima can easily transform into a mobile office with connectivity for up to seven devices.

If your requirements include room for luggage and supplies, the Altima also offers cargo room to rival an SUV. The trunk measures 15.4 cubic feet. Folding down the rear seats of the Nissan Altima expands the cargo space to 58.1 cubic feet. Comparatively, the Nissan Ariya SUV is designed with 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space. While some people prefer SUVs because they have more room inside than sedans, the Altima offers almost as much.

Safety Every Day

The 2024 Nissan Altima is equipped with the standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 package. This includes many of the more familiar driver assistance technologies of today, including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist.

Additional available technology can help drivers navigate city streets and long highway stretches as well. The Intelligent Around View Monitor provides drivers with a composite view of their full surroundings. Having this 360-degree view can be helpful when squeezing into tight parking spots, or when pulling out of a busy garage.

ProPILOT Assist technology is also available on the SV model, but standard on SL and SR VC-Turbo. This driver assist program not only keeps the Altima centered in its lane but can maintain a set distance between the car in front of you. This includes handling stop-and-go traffic as well. While no driver assistance technology can completely erase the frustration of rush hour, it can be nice to have your car on your side.

Other additional safety features that are offered as drivers climb the trims include Intelligent Driver Alertness, which gauges the driver’s attention to the road, Hill Start Control, Active Ride Control, and Intelligent Trace Control, all of which contribute towards the Nissan Altima’s overall secure and responsive drive feeling.

The black interior, steering wheel, and dash of a 2024 Nissan Altima.

Meant for Drivers Like You

It’s hard to ignore the fact that sedans are rapidly disappearing from automakers’ lineups. It’s also easier than ever to see which sedans truly stand the test of time with the drivers who appreciate them most.

The Nissan Altima has been carefully and deliberately developed with thirty years of input from drivers just like you. For those who spend hours on the road, think nothing of a lengthy commute, and find themselves behind the wheel more days than not, the 2024 Nissan Altima is equipped with all of the right details to make that spot behind the wheel even more enjoyable.

Whether you like the stability provided by Intelligent All-Wheel Drive or the lightning-quick responses of the VC-Turbo engine, drivers of the 2024 Altima can find comfort, convenience, and safety from the zero-gravity bucket seat of their vehicle. Of course, having the storage space of an SUV with a sedan’s modest fuel economy makes the Altima even more attractive. By the time drivers have chosen their ideal trim level, along with any options and packages, it seems clear that the Altima you drive home will be your ideal vehicle. While sedans still may not be exciting, doesn’t comfortable, convenient, safe, economical, and enjoyable sound pretty wonderful?