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2018 Nissan Altima

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2018 Nissan Maxima

2.5L DOHC 4-Cylinder

Engine

3.5L DOHC V6
27 city / 38 hwy

Fuel Economy

21 city / 30 hwy
179 hp

Horsepower

300 hp
15.4 cu ft

Cargo Volume

14.3 cu ft

Serving Fredericksburg, VA, Spotsylvania, VA, and Washington, D.C.

Both the Nissan Altima and Maxima have been around for decades, and while both have evolved quite a bit over the years, they remain a solid pick in their respective segments. The Altima is a mid-size sedan that's priced in the middle of the segment, and the Maxima is also in the mid-size class but is adorned with more luxurious features. Both models come in a variety of trims, and there are plenty of add-on package options. Below, a more detailed comparison is provided.

Trim Options


The 2018 Nissan Altima is available in a total of five trims. Each of these includes:

  • • Keyless entry and ignition
  • • Split folding rear seats
  • • Height-adjustable front seats
  • • Plastic-covered wheels

The 2018 Nissan Maxima comes standard with:

  • • 18-inch wheels
  • • Remote engine start
  • • Power-adjustable front seats
  • • A leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • • Adjustable driving modes

The uplevel Altima 2.5R SR trim adds on a rear spoiler and sport-tuned suspension. The 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL add on daytime running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power driver's seat. The 3.5 SL gets larger wheels, a sunroof, and paddle shifters. Uplevel trims of the Maxima include additional standard features including heated mirrors, heated front seats, two-way power lumbar adjustment, active noise reduction, and a dual-pane sunroof. The top-level Platinum trim boasts automatic wipers, a power-adjustable steering column, and upgraded leather upholstery. A power rear sunshade is also featured.

Powertrain


Every 2018 Nissan Altima except the 3.5 SL trim is fitted with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces a total of 179 horsepower. Power is routed to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The uplevel 3.5 SL trim is powered by a 3.5L V6. This powertrain features:

  • • 270-horsepower output
  • • 251 lb-ft of torque
  • • Continuously variable transmission

The 2018 Nissan Maxima comes standard with a 3.5L V6 rated at 300 horsepower. That's considerably more than what the Altima offers, and the engine promises excellent acceleration. Like the Altima, the Maxima sends power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. Steering response is good on both models, particularly the Maxima thanks to the choice of two driving modes, Normal and Sport.

High-Tech and Safety


Standard and optional high-tech features on the Altima and Maxima include:

  • • Bluetooth
  • • USB ports
  • • Satellite radio
  • • A premium Bose stereo system

Both the 2018 Nissan Altima and Maxima come with the usual set of standard safety features. These include front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags, the LATCH system of child seat anchors and tethers, and stability control. The Altima also features forward collision warning and emergency braking on all trims including the base 2.5 S. The Altima 2.5 SV includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and the 3.5 SL gets adaptive cruise control. The uplevel Maxima trims come with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. No options package is necessary in order to get all of the driver alert systems on the SR and Platinum trims.


Contact Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg today to schedule a test drive of both models, and remember to inquire about trim availability and special options packages!

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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We make every effort to provide accurate information, please verify options and price before purchase, Pohanka is not responsible for errors or omissions. All vehicles subject to prior sale. Quoted price available on in-stock units only. All prices are exclusive internet prices only. Financing is subject to approved credit through designated lender. Price plus tax, tags, dealer processing fee of $799 and freight of $810 - $1100. All customers will qualify for all manufacturer rebates and incentives included in the price, some require financing through the manufacturer. Some manufacturer rebates are not compatible with manufacturer finance offers. Manufacturer Rebates and incentives are valid during the time period set by the manufacturer and are subject to change without notice. Additional manufacturer rebates and incentives may apply to those who qualify and may lower the sales price. 2 or more available at this price.

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