While the Altima grows a little bit, it keeps its choice of four and six-cylinder engines, something growing increasingly rare in the midsize class as rivals shift to turbocharged engines to boost fuel economy. Nissan eliminated the option of a manual transmission the sedan, instead going with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) across the board. This allows Altimas with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder to make 182 horsepower and still achieve 38 MPG on the highway, a class best for gasoline-only powertrains. A 3.5-liter V6 remains an option, producing 270 horsepower and promising up to 31 MPG on the highway. Unlike the previous Altima sedan, a hybrid is not offered, nor is a clean diesel option.
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Overall, the Altima remains one of the more conservative options for midsize sedan customers, but aims to attract customers with the available, and gutsy, V6 engine and the leading fuel-efficiency of the four-cylinder. It also offers many attractive features as standard equipment for its competitive starting price.Read more »
Even the most basic Altima, predominantly for fleet buyers, gets the fuel-efficicent CVT transmission, power windows, door locks, air conditioning and Bluetooth with streaming audio. The 2.5 name indicates it comes only with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine This model also comes standard with keyless start, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and split-folding rear seats.
The 2.5 S adds more features popular with mainstream midsize sedan buyers, such as a six-way power driver's seat and a six-speaker audio system. Opting for the 3.5 S adds not only the 270-horsepower engine, but paddle shifters for the CVT and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The most luxurious line of Altima starts with the 2.5 SL. That four-cylinder model gets standard leather seats, moonroof, fog lights and a premium Bose audio system with nine speakers. An optional Technology Package adds the contents of the Navigation Package, but also throws in blind-spot detection, a lane departure warning and moving object detection. SL models also get LED tail lights as standard equipment. The 3.5 SL adds standard Xenon headlights.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Nissan Altima$15,599 | 44,722 mi
2013 Nissan Altima$15,997 | 37,873 mi
2013 Nissan Altima$16,997 | 31,130 mi
2013 Nissan Altima$17,997 | 15,254 mi
2013 Nissan Altima$20,988 | 20,007 mi
2012 Nissan Altima$13,995 | 33,618 mi
2012 Nissan Altima$15,794 | 14,301 mi
2012 Nissan Altima$16,993 | 23,962 mi
2011 Nissan Altima$14,989 | 19,833 mi
2011 Nissan Altima$15,895 | 14,925 mi
2011 Nissan Altima$15,984 | 34,203 mi
2011 Nissan Altima$15,999 | 38,580 mi
2011 Nissan Altima$18,768 | 49,895 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$13,949 | 30,826 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$13,997 | 30,983 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$14,884 | 42,092 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$15,810 | 42,792 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$16,454 | 47,940 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$16,547 | 25,923 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$16,994 | 13,041 mi
2010 Nissan Altima$19,500 | 31,146 mi
2009 Nissan Altima$11,545 | 63,289 mi
2009 Nissan Altima$12,994 | 50,832 mi
2009 Nissan Altima$13,586 | 43,484 mi
2008 Nissan Altima$14,994 | 39,168 mi
2007 Nissan Altima$11,869 | 52,280 mi
2006 Nissan Altima$8,985 | 83,375 mi
2003 Nissan Altima$3,995 | 168,770 mi
Offers wide powertrain choice, but design too conservative for some buyers.
Comes with long list of features and even longer warranty.
European-like styling, but Altima's base four-cylinder leads on fuel economy.
Only midsize sedan to offer diesel engine and is exceptionally roomy.