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1996 Nissan Altima

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1996 XE 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $15,649
1996 GXE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $16,999
1996 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,299
1996 GLE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,999


There's a definite place within the ranks of compact cars for a vehicle that doesn't assault the eyes with trendy, short-lived styling, challenge service personnel with exotic hardware, or pressure the bank account with irresistible options customers just can't live without. A car, in short, like the Nissan Altima. You might not even notice a member of the three-model Nissan sedan family in a crowd. It lacks the distinctive ovoid styling cues of the newer Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique, for example, or the aggressive, cab-forward presence of the Dodge Stratus. And it does without a long list of model choices, drivetrain options and other sticker-inflating gimcrackery. Fact is, in a field that is filled with everything from Honda Accords to Hyundai Sonatas--with the Mazda 626, Mitsubishi Galant and a number of others in between--the Altima has carved out a high successful niche for itself during the past three model years by being unobtrusive, understated and an especially good value. To those basic virtues are added a few surprises along the way, comfort/convenience features that allow Nissan to unblushingly bill the Altima as a small luxury sedan. A look at sales figures shows how correct Nissan's product planners were: The Altima has sold well since the day it was introduced, and continues to do so, a performance that's had a profoundly positive impact on the company's fortunes in the intensely competitive North American market. And all without smoke, mirrors or gimmicks.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 150 HP / 154 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 30 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 150 HP / 154 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 30 / 27 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
180.5 "
Exterior Width
67.1 "
Exterior Height
55.9 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,853 Lbs.
Wheel Base
103 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
Accessories Months

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