The 1999 Nissan Altima covers a fairly wide range of vehicles due to model options. Overall, it's a mid-priced vehicle with an above average set of features. Providing a smooth, comfortable ride, it handles very well on roadways, and the fairly low price tag on most models heavily increases the appeal.
The main draw of the 1999 Nissan Altima is the excellent balance of price, performance, and luxury features. It is difficult to find vehicles that offer a similar value in each area. Most competitors are either significantly more expensive or make performance and comfort trade-offs to reduce the price. It's an excellent choice for most day-to-day drivers that do not have any particularly special or unique requirements.
Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Altima XE, Nissan Altima GXE, Nissan Altima SE, Nissan Altima SE Limited, Nissan Altima GLE
The 1999 Nissan Altima was extensively redesigned; the resemblance to earlier models is fairly weak in terms of aesthetic appearance Beyond the exterior changes, the interior cabin received a significant increase to its standard and optional features.
The 1999 Nissan Altima is a compact vehicle with a rounded body. Due to the body shape, it could almost pass for a hatchback, if not for the slight protrusion of the trunk. The exterior is fairly different from earlier models that looked more reminiscent to the Infiniti J30.
The 1999 Nissan Altima models have a good range of built in features. The XE is an exception, lacking air-conditioning and an audio system as standard features. However, the GXE, which is only slightly more enhanced than the Altima XE, has standard features such as air-conditioning, a CD player, power windows, power locks, and power mirrors. The GLE has leather seating, leather trim, and a power driver seat.
Performance & Handling
The performance of the 1999 Nissan Altima is quite good for all models. While not overly powerful, the four-cylinder engine gives it decent acceleration. It's also fairly maneuverable, which makes it fun to drive. Since the performance is consistent between all the models, the cheaper model performs better than most similarly-priced vehicles, while the highest-priced variants have about average performance.
The 1999 Nissan Altima is very consistent with its competitors in terms of safety features. Dual front airbags are installed as a standard feature, while all models have the option of taking four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Altima: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Decent variety of standard features on higher end models
- Good value
You Won't Like
- Lacks anything to really distinguish it from competitors
- Lower-priced options lacking in standard features
Entry-level sedan with all the amenities most drivers want.
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