Nissan Altima – Overview – CarGurus

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Nissan Altima


About the Nissan Altima


Stylish, sporty, and fun to drive, the Altima continues to build on its reputation as a highly competent hauler. Owners find a lot to about the Altima, particularly its handling, which matches or just about anything in its Other noteworthy features the Altima’s solid construction, interior, spacious trunk, and affordability.

The Altima sedan in 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR, and Hybrid trims for Powerplants include a 175-hp, four-cylinder engine, which the 2.5 trims, and a 270-hp, 3.5-liter V6 which drives the 3.5 SR. While not of breaking any land-speed records, the deliver solid performance around town and at highway An Xtronic CVT (continuously variable with a manual-shift mode standard in all sedan trims.

economy numbers range 22/32 mpg for the four-cylinder engine to for the V6.

The Altima Hybrid, which a 158-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a 105-kilowatt electric for a combined 198 hp, manages fuel numbers of 33/33 mpg.

For 2011, Nissan enhances the of the mid-level 2.5 SL sedan trim by a Special Edition package, includes a leather-wrapped shift steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, on/off headlights, foglights, a spoiler, and 16-inch aluminum-alloy In addition, owners can choose three new exterior colors for including Brilliant Silver, Slate, and Saharan Stone.

find the entry-level 2.5 trim equipped, and sometimes complain the Altima’s complicated and often options list. Other on the Altima include its limited in the backseat, sometimes noisy and glitch-prone navigation system.

the Altima’s many positive make it attractive to buyers, a of whom are male, attracted by the crisp, angular exterior superior handling, and clean, interior. Add state-of-the-art safety and features, and a choice of powerplants straddle the line between and fuel efficiency, as well as affordable pricing and an American-built and it’s easy to see why the Altima such competitors as the Toyota Honda Accord, Ford and Mazda6 a run for their money.

in its fourth generation, the Altima a mid-generation facelift in 2010, included a redesigned nose as as a number of safety and tech More than likely, buyers can expect a fifth-generation for 2012 or 2013.

Model History

The Nissan debuted in 1992 for the 1993 year as a replacement for the Nissan in the automaker’s lineup. Originally, it the name Stanza Altima, was soon shortened to just the Built at Nissan’s factory in Tenn. it featured rather rounded-off exterior styling by the Nissan Design Center in with an eye toward American and their sensibilities.

The original sat on a 103.1-inch wheelbase, with an length of 180.5 inches and a of 67.1 inches. Although it accommodated four passengers, it too narrow to seat three across the back seat.

included the base XE, mid-level sport-oriented SE, and luxury-oriented GLE. features included cloth front bucket seats, a airbag, a tilt steering an AM/FM audio system, and exterior mirrors. All except the XE also came standard power windows and door

The GXE added premium cloth a digital clock, and a pass-thru center armrest, while the SE equipped with sport foglights, a rear spoiler, and a suspension. The top-of-the-line GLE also automatic climate control, entry, a head’s-up display, and a audio system with rear speakers. All rode on wheels.

Power for the front-wheel-drive Altima from a 150-hp, 2.4-liter engine, which sent to the wheels through a five-speed transmission. Options included brakes.

Nissan added a passenger airbag in 1994, and a sunroof and standard leather for the GLE trim in 1997. Nissan made exterior updates, a new grille and new taillights, in 1995, and a Limited Edition GXE with wheels in 1997.

Although the Altima debuted in 1998 for the market only, the real didn’t appear until the model year, when for the Altima’s four-cylinder engine from 150 to 155 hp and Nissan updated the Although the wheelbase remained the overall length increased in from 183.5 to 185.8 and the SE and GLE trims received larger wheels.

Nissan Altima

Outside, Nissan out the Altima’s already well-rounded and nondescript curves, causing to find the exterior design on the side. The interior received seats, new cloth upholstery, and a instrument cluster. The GLE trim standard with side-impact

The third-generation Altima, which in 2001 for the 2002 model rode on a unique platform solely for the U.S. market. increased to 110.2 inches, length grew to 191.5 and the Altima widened to 70.4 making it larger than the and upgrading it to a midsize, five-passenger The exterior styling changed and for the better, thanks to a more design with an aggressive a rear-sloping roofline, and an overall design.

Also with the generation, a V6 powerplant was available for the time. Trims included the S, SL, and top-of-the-line SE, which came with a new 3.5-liter, 240-hp V6. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine the other Altima trims.

of the Altima’s stretched wheelbase and length, interior space as well, adding much-needed to the rear seat, as well as cargo space in the trunk. But owners found the quality of the materials lacking. Standard included air conditioning, cruise remote keyless entry, a CD and a folding rear seat.

The SL received foglights and larger wheels, while the SL included a driver’s seat and an upgraded system.

For the fourth and current which appeared in showrooms the 2007 model year, the sat on a slightly smaller (by 1 inch) with a revamped, tighter resulting in improved handling and The exterior displayed a sportier, refined design, with a new and headlights, as well as more lines, especially on the front end and the sides.

Inside, passengers a roomy cabin, as well as a of new standard features, including new Intelligent Key and push-button ignition. The Hybrid debuted in late while the Altima Coupe as a separate model in 2008.


Buyers can divide Altimas into two categories. the Altima was a compact car with for four passengers and a nondescript while after 2000, and with the introduction of the third in 2002, the Altima became an competitor in the midsize sedan Older Altimas, particularly built in the 1990s, remain on the today and offer good and affordability.

Their powerplants, features, handling, and interior were competent, yet not overly However, all that changed the new millennium.

From the early 2000s the Altima’s exterior design only minimally, with a of refreshes along the way. The and fourth generation are particularly by their long, aggressive and sharp exterior lines. prospective buyers seeking a upscale interior may want to opt for a fourth-generation Altima, since the cars were often for the lack of soft-touch materials and elegance throughout the cabin.

On the hand, the Altima’s highly handling and performance has remained constant throughout the last The addition of a V6 engine in 2002 buyers who prefer a higher of performance a good option, and the and coupes widen the choices as Prospective buyers who like to a little more aggressively opt for the SE trims, with their suspensions.

Similarly, owners who more interior and cargo should opt for the larger third- and Altimas, while the earlier, versions of the 1990s should fit the of single drivers or couples on a

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