For a small state, Connecticut is big on urban settings like Wallingford and Meriden with their customary traffic congestion. The perfect solution to waiting at intersections and stop and go driving is a mid-size sedan like the 2019 Nissan Altima. An ample cabin overflowing with high tech and frugal yet powerful engine choices in the Altima make long drives more than bearable. The pleasures don't end there.


The 2019 Altima might be designed primarily as a practical mid-sized sedan that's just right for Hartford, CT, but it hasn't ignored elegant styling in the process. A dazzling front grille that reaches below the bumper is highlighted by chrome trim that swings along the sides and bottom. Sleek creases accent the lower door panels and race up along the outer edges of the hood to complete a fashionable appearance. Along with these frills, the Altima comes with active grille shutters and either halogen or LED headlights.


The engineers at Nissan made some big changes in what's under the 2019 Altima's hood even if they're not that obvious. While the primary 2.5-liter inline-4 block seems like last year's predecessor, there are actually enhancements that kick it up to 188 horses for quick maneuvering through New Haven's thick traffic. Paired with a continuously variable transmission or CVT, it delivers an enjoyable 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. If this isn't brawny enough, a brand new 2-liter turbocharged-4 machine should solve the problem with 248 horsepower. Replacing the old 3.5-liter V6, this engine utilizes variable compression technology that allows the operator to select more muscle when hitting the open roads of Connecticut or greater efficiency in Hartford traffic. This innovation changes the length of the piston connecting rod while in motion to vary fuel compression between 14:1 and 8:1 ratios. In top fuel-restricting mode, the engine works with a CVT to achieve 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.


The new 2019 Altima comes in S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum models, but all of them use the same body with generous proportions like front seats offering 39.2 inches of headroom and 43.8 inches of legroom. This comfortable leeway holds just as true for backseat commuters in Wallingford, CT with 36.9 inches above and 35.2 inches for legs. With a span of 54.5 inches, the rear seat also easily accommodates three passengers. Accompanying the lavish dimensions is cloth upholstery in the introductory S model along with an automated 8- position driver's seat up front and 60/40 split back seats that permit more room for the already spacious 15.4 cubic foot trunk. In up-scale models, the driver's seat is joined by a 4-position front passenger's seat, and both receive built-in heating while all seating is trimmed in leather.


It may be the simplest trim in the Altima lineup, but the S edition provides travelers passing through Waterbury, CT with 6-speaker AM/FM bliss that's controlled via an 8-inch touchscreen. This basic model also includes no fewer than four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 3-month trial SiriusXM radio, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and remote starting. From there, upper trims can offer opulence like dual-zone temperature control with rear vents, Bose audio with nine speakers, active noise cancelation, and HD radio.


In all categories from front impacts to side impacts to roof strength, the IIHS has awarded the 2019 Altima the rating of Good. The same organization also declares it Superior in front collision prevention capability. Further safety is reached through standards like airbags, antilock brakes, a rearview camera, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, and traction and stability control. Going high tech, all Altima editions come with front collision alert with automatic braking. In higher trims, Nissan's ProPilot Assist safety suite provides advanced abilities like front collision alert with pedestrian detection. It also keeps the vehicle centered in its lane, monitors blind spots, checks for obstacles when backing up and applies brakes if necessary, and warns of rear cross-traffic hazards. There's even a surround camera in the Platinum model for the ultimate panoramic view of Connecticut.


The 2019 Nissan Altima has all the right features to handle every driving condition Wallingford, Waterbury, and the rest of Connecticut can send its way. To get a real feel for how it can navigate this state, test one out at our dealership today.