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Nissan Altima
STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Soft demand for four-door family sedans hasn't stopped the category leaders from continually upping their game. Nissan totally reengineered the Altima for 2019, with new skin highlighted by a dramatic grille. Although a similar size to the previous version, the new car's wheelbase was extended by two inches. The engine lineup consists of a base 188-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the optional 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder has a unique variable-compression-ratio design. Under light loads, cylinder compression increases to aid fuel efficiency, but during more aggressive throttle applications the compression is mechanically decreased (by slightly changing the length of the connecting rods) so that more turbocharger boost can be added. The result is a seemingly contradictory blend of greater horsepower and reduced fuel consumption. Both powerplants are connected to continuously variable transmissions. All-wheel-drive is optional with the non-turbo 2.5.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,000
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (188), 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (248)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 28/39/32 (2.5)
Base weight (lb.): 3,200
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