Edmunds Summary Review of the Nissan Altima 2. Vehicle overview "Fun for the whole family! There are a few such candidates in the family sedan category, with the Nissan Altima being one of our favorites. The latter comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension that trades some ride comfort for sharper handling, making the V6-powered Altima 3.
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Receive offers from our dealer partners fast. Vehicle overview "Fun for the whole family! There are a few such candidates in the family sedan category, with the Nissan Altima being one of our favorites. The latter comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension that trades some ride comfort for sharper handling, making the V6-powered Altima 3. The four-cylinder car is more sedate due to its softer suspension and considerable power deficit relative to the V6. Still, all Altimas will be more involving to drive than sedans purely focused on comfort, such as the Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry.
For , the current-generation Altima receives its first significant update since its debut back in This includes a restyled front end and the welcome addition of standard stability control across the board. Nissan has also upgraded the stereo, navigation and Bluetooth systems, making the Altima one of the most high-tech models in the midsize sedan and coupe markets. Unfortunately, that equipment comes in expensive options packages, which in some cases must be paired with other packages.
This structuring makes it difficult to pick and choose among options you would consider essential or frivolous. All said, we consider the Nissan Altima to be one of the class leaders -- especially with the V6. The hybrid-powered Altima sedan is reviewed separately. The base sedan is the 2. Standard equipment includes inch steel wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning and a trip computer.
No options are available and a stereo is not included, but the car is prewired for one with four speakers. The 2. It adds to the base car keyless ignition and entry and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
You can get more equipment with the 2. The 3. The Technology package available on the 2. There is also a newly upgraded sound system with an iPod interface, while the navigation system has been enhanced with a larger touchscreen, additional real-time satellite information, Bluetooth audio connectivity and digital music storage. Finally, the 3. A continuously variable automatic transmission CVT is mandatory on the sedan, while the coupe gets a standard six-speed manual transmission and the CVT as an option.
This engine gets the same transmission choices as the 2. In Edmunds performance testing, a 3. The coupe with the CVT did the same sprint in 6. Safety Every Altima comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the Altima 3. In government crash testing, the Altima sedan received a perfect five stars for frontal protection, while the coupe got four stars. Both models got a five-star side rating, however.
Driving The Nissan Altima is really a tale of two cars. The four-cylinder will be the choice of many, but our opinions are divided on the CVT, with some editors complaining that it makes the engine seem overly noisy and labored during acceleration.
Four-cylinder cars also lack the sport-tuned suspension of the V6 model. A less special driving experience is the result, though you do get a more comfortable ride quality out of the deal, and the chassis is still sportier than the norm for this segment. The V6 is a different matter. The CVT is much better suited to the more powerful V6, and the sport suspension pairs with precise steering to make the Altima drive like a discount sport sedan.
The manual gearbox has a sudden clutch engagement and sloppy gear selection. Interior The Nissan Altima offers a quiet and attractive cabin made with top-notch materials, though the overall appearance is a little dour, especially in black. Controls are straightforward, even with the optional navigation system, and updates made for , including items like Bluetooth streaming audio and an iPod interface, keep the Altima current in the rapidly evolving world of in-car electronics.
Space is quite good in the Altima, although rear headroom is a little tight compared to some competitors, and the back headrests are built into the seatback rather than being adjustable. Legroom also trails the competition by the numbers, though in practice the Altima is plenty roomy in this regard. The sedan offers a decent Consumer reviews Read what other owners think about the Nissan Altima.
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