Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

Posted on by Bryan 9

The people over at Consumer Reports have just finished up a series of tests on a few family sedans. The magazine lined up the Chevrolet Impala , Hyundai Sonata , Nissan Altima , and the Suzuki Kizashi , which we just tested. After the miles and miles of driving and investigating were finished, it was the Hyundai and the Nissan that came out on top.

The four-cylinder Altima and Sonata both got ‘Excellent’ ratings from Consumer Reports, but only the Altima managed to get the ‘Recommended’ badge. The reason that the Sonata failed to get that badge was because it was too new and the testers were unable to determine its reliability.

The Kizashi suffered the same fate. As it’s new as well, the Kizashi failed to get the ‘Recommended’ rating, though it did get an ’Excellent’ score. Sadly, the Impala didn’t do so hot.

The downright awful Chevrolet only managed a ‘Good’ rating, though it wasn’t ‘Recommended’ despite its age. The testers didn’t like its fuel economy, clumsy 19th century four-speed automatic, and the poor build quality. They also used the word "Dated".

Hit the jump to see the press release.

Posted on by Bryan 6

Who in the world said family sedans needed to be boring? Whoever they were, they must not have driven the 2010 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR. The new performance Altima is still a perfect family sedan and one of the best cars to drive in its segment.

The new Altima gets some minimal surgery and it would take a person with incredible eyes to find most of the changes. Yet, what Nissan did is make the car more aggressive and, we have to say, the 3.5 SR looks quite good.

Some of the new toys for 2010 include a newly shaped hood and “T-grille” that give the car a wings sort of look. A new front bumper, and what Nissan refers to as the “license plant finisher”, is at the rear. The taillights are some of best in class, with sharp angles and different colored lights. From the side, the new 17-inch alloy wheels help give the sedan a planted look.

Nissan gives buyers a few engine options to choose from. First, there is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This motor is capable of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway. This version of the Altima isn’t our favorite, as the engine doesn’t quite have the power to compete with the new Hyundai Sonata or the great noise of the Subaru Legacy.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

The Japanese automaker Nissan has just revealed details about the 2010 Altima sedan - a model that receives more power, grows in size, benefits from new technology as well as new styling both inside and out. The 2010 Altima starts at $19,900 for the entry level 2.5 S version and goes up to $24,520 for the high end 3.5 SR model.

For 2010 the Nissan Altima’s exterior gets a restyled hood complete with power bulges, a more curvaceous front bumper and fresh metal on the bottom of the grill and on top of the license plate opening. The new car is available with either a set of fresh 16 inch or 17 inch aluminum-alloy wheels, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as well as revised interior fabrics and finishers. For those who are in the know, the old top of the line 3.5 SE has been renamed the 3.5 SR.

The 2010 Altima is offered with a choice of two gas burning engines; a 175 HP 2.5 Liter inline 4 cylinder and a 270 HP 3.5 Liter V6. Either way the Altima comes complete with all the latest Nissan technologies like: Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, BluetoothHands-free Phone System with audio streaming, RearView Monitor and Nissan Navigation with XM NavTraffic and NavWeather Real-Time Traffic Information services to bring your morning commute into the 21st century at a reasonable price.

UPDATE 06/28/2010: Check out our review of the Nissan Altima 3.5SR by clicking here .

Press release after the jump.

Originaly introduced as a 2008 model, the Nissan Altima Coupe is entering its third year of production with a few new exterior touches, three new colors, refined interior fabrics, optional red leather appointed interior and revised option packages. Power train options for the 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe consist of a 2.5 Liter inline 4 cylinder and a larger 3.5 Liter V6 engine, each is being offered with either a choice of 6 speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic continuously variable (CVT) transmission. The VQ based V6 makes a maximum output of 270 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque while the more economical 4 pot produces a total of 175 HP and 180 lb-ft twist.

For 2010, the Altima Coupe is being offered with a long list of user friendly technological features including Nissan’s Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and available Bluetooth Hands free Phone System complete with audio streaming standard as well as an advanced touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic and NavWeather real-time information services as part of the required XM subscription as well as a RearView Monitor; all designed to make the time you spend behind the wheel as enjoyable as possible.

The 2010 Altima Coupe starts at $22,440 for the 2.5 S version equipped with 6 speed manual transmission, $22,940 for the 2.5 CVT, $27,270 for the 3.5 SR with CVT and $29,600 for the 3.5 SR with a 6 speed manual gearbox.

Press release after the jump.

In today’s world of fast-paced wheelings and dealings on the Internet, classified photos have become easier and easier to get leaked out to the public.

That was the case with Nissan’s 2010 Altima . Although the Japanese-based brand released a simple teaser photo a couple of days ago, that didn’t stop people from digging up photos of the car in its entirety.
And now – barely a few days after the teaser photo was released – a full-blown photo of the car has been revealed.

So much for teasers, huh?

The scooped up photos of the Altima has laid to rest any debate as to what it was going to look like, especially after the teaser photos didn’t do much to stir up our imaginations.

The Altima’s front grille has been completely redesigned while the headlights have undergone some revisions as well. In addition to that, the car’s bumper also looks a tad different from its predecessors, including those three new air-intakes. Lastly – and we can imagine that Nissan did this to make the car look sleeker – the car’s alloy wheels have also been redesigned.

Despite being prematurely beaten to the punch by scavengers of the World Wide Web, Nissan is still expected to release further details on the new Altima in the coming days, including potential sedan and coupe variants of the car.

Source: Motor Trend

Nissan announced details on the 2009 Altima Coupe. It will be available in models and priced as follows: Altima Coupe 2.5 S 6MT $21,750; Altima Coupe 2.5 S CVT $22,250; Altima Coupe 3.5 SE 6MT $26,390; Altima Coupe 3.5 SE CVT $26,890.

Nissan Altima Coupe

New for 2009 is a long list of user-friendly technology features – including standard Nissan Intelligent Key, available Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, an advanced touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information and RearView Monitor.

The 2009 Altima Coupe 2.5 S model is available with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on the 2.5S model with P215/60R16 all-season tires, while new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin P235/45R18 tires are standard on the 3.5 SE.

Nissan Altima Coupe

The 2009 Altima Coupe also comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.

Press release after the jump.

Since the new generation Altima was launched in 2007, the sedan became a very successful model on the market; for the 2009 the car continues to offer the same characteristics and driving experiences. The 2009 Altima will be offered with a choice of two engines: the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 or the powerful 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and in four models: 2.5 (CVT), 2.5 S (6MT, CVT), 3.5 SE (6MT, CVT), 3.5 SL (CVT). , while prices will range from $19,900 to $29,380.

Nissan Altima

The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is rated at 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and a tuned, resonant sound quality. The V6 features minimized friction, superior cylinder head cooling and twin knock sensors. The 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder is producing 175 hp (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft of torque (175 lb-ft CAL). It features a silent chain drive and a balancer system (with balancer changed to a center-mounted location for excellent NVH) that effectively negates vibrations without taking up much space – combining ideal packaging and smoothness.

Nissan Altima

The 2009 Altima is offered with a choice of two transmissions with both the V6 and 4-cylinder engines. A 6-speed, narrow-gate manual features low friction, short shift stroke, high torque capacity and close gear ratios covering a wide range. The Xtronic CVTÔ is designed to create a true synergy between engine and transmission with smooth, responsive, fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation. The CVT units utilized with both engines have been tailored specifically for use with the Altima.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Posted on by Terence 1

We have just received a Nissan Altima S in our Top Speed test fleet. Although this looks like a basic four cylinder midsize five passenger people mover, that is because it is. Beneath our Altima’s gold painted body, connected to the stylish 16 inch wheels; is a continuously variable transmission. This Xtronic CVT replaces the traditional cog swapper and is supposed to hold the engine at a desired RPM, while varying the distance between two different sized sprockets, which makes the vehicle accelerate. This has the benefit of smoother acceleration, as well as a more efficient drive. Pretty neat stuff, eh?

Aside from the tranny, our Altima 2.5 S is pretty ordinary. There are black cloth seats, cloth door panels and the usual bright gauges and orange glowing radio from the Nissan parts bin. The only part of the interior that makes you forget that you are driving a four cylinder midsize sedan is are the a/c vents in the middle of the dash that trick you into thinking you’re behind the wheel of a 350Z. From the outside the Nissan Altima is what you would expect from the Japanese automaker. The sheet metal is simple, but the lines are bold and hint at unseen performance. The rims get the job done, but they are nowhere close to the 19 inch rims we saw on our Altima Coupe .

Continued after the jump.

Posted on by Terence 2

The designers at Nissan were on to something when they came up with the Altima Coupe. By taking a relatively attractive Altima, loosing two doors, tightening the back glass and stretching the rear sheet metal to pronounce a metal step over the rear wheels, they have created a very stylish sports coupe, a package that looks like something that would normally cost much more to own. When you choose the tried and true VQ35 engine, a power plant that Nissan used in everything from the 350Z to the FX35, you also get a sport tuned suspension and 18 inch split five spoke rims standard. The sleek two door profile and rear over fenders make the Altima Coupe a vehicle that would make Inifiniti owners jealous.

Our Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE came with a $3,200 Premium Package that will definitely help when it comes time to impress the ladies. The package upgraded the Coupe with luxury comforts like soft leather, 7 speaker Bose audio system and HID headlamps. This bumped the $26,890 base price of a V6 powered Altima Coupe up to $31,560.

Did we mention that our SE came with another acronym, CVT, continuously variable transmission? Top Speed recently had a four door Altima equipped with the same transmission not too long ago, but this time the Coupe came with Nissan’s Xtronic version that allows the driver to shift manually. However, the 270 HP from the V6 and excellent coupe styling, make this Altima an entirely different kind of animal.

Posted on by Panait 3

The Nissan Altima Hybrid joined the Nissan lineup in 2007 and yet, it continues to combine the efficiency and fuel economy with the performance and excitement of any Altima. The 2009 model of the Japanese vehicle comes with a standard auto door-lock functions as well as four new exterior color choices: Red Brick, Navy Blue, Sonoran Sand and Mystic Jade.

Nissan Altima Hybrid

In order to protect the environment the new vehicle offers systems like Xtronic CVTä (Continuously Variable Transmission) and is rated as as Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) which emits almost no evaporative emissions. According to the manufacturer, the power of the Hybrid system is rated at 198 hp and due to the technology used in building it, the system doesn’t need to be plugged in to maintain a sufficient store of electric energy.

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Altima Hybrid comes with an impressive list of available features like including leather-appointed seating, Bluetoothâ Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Nissan’s Advanced Navigation System with real-time Energy Flow Display. Press release after the jump!

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