The four-cylinder gets a 27-mpg EPA City rating. Contributing to fuel-efficiency are tires with reduced rolling resistance, and a regenerative alternator that operates only when the Altima is cruising. With the V6 engine, the fuel-economy estimate shrinks to 22/31 mpg City/Highway.
We found the Altima 3.5 with the V6 engine a brilliant performer, but the Altima 2.5 with the four-cylinder engine delivered just average performance.
Inside, the top-of-the-line Altima SL trim was very luxurious, and the SV trim with cloth upholstery was also very nice. All of the Altimas are very quiet when underway.
Combine headline-making fuel efficiency with a variety of features and creature comforts not generally found in non-luxury mid-size sedans, and the Altima makes a stylish, affordable and tempting choice for families working their way up the scale. In fact, for some time the Altima has been shouldering its way into Nissan Maxima territory.
Available features include such pleasantries as leather-appointed seating, as well as safety features like blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, and a moving object detection system.
Perhaps the most likable of the Altima’s provisions is a fully automatic tire-pressure monitor that tells you exactly which tire is low, by how much it is low. Then, it tells you when you are beginning to refill it, and gives you a little toot of the horn when you’ve reached the proper inflation! Goodbye tire gauge. The Easy Fill Tire Alert is standard.
NissanConnect with Navigation, which is part of the available Technology and Display Audio Packages, includes such features as a 7-inch touchscreen, 3D-effect map views, voice recognition, and turn-by-turn navigation. Also integrated into the Advanced Drive-Assist screen are a speed-limit display, eco driving maps, curve warning, and split-screen display.
Nissan’s Altima competes against the Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion.
Altima 2.5 comes standard with cloth upholstery, 6-way manual driver’s seat, AM/FM/CD with 4 speakers, Bluetooth hands-free phone. Bluetooth streaming audio, speedometer, tachometer, coolant gauge, fuel level gauge w/ fuel door location, Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist display, power windows, power locks, dual remote power sideview mirrors, remote keyless entry with pushbutton start, steering-wheel cruise control, center console w/ armrest and power outlet, 4 cupholders, 4 bottle holders, 16-inch steel wheels, 215/60R16 tires, and halogen headlights. Altima 2.5 S upgrades with a AM/FM/CD that plays through 6 speakers.
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