Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 25, 2016

Expert Rating

4.4 (Excellent)
26 City / 37 Highway

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2017 Nissan Altima OVERVIEW

One year removed from an extensive mid-life update, the Nissan Altima continues in its battle with the top midsize sedan models. Potent engines and excellent fuel economy provide the Altima with an uncommon one-two punch.

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Nissan Altima carries over unchanged from last year. Nissan also held prices firm from 2016.

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Choosing Your Nissan Altima

Nissan offers two engine choices for the 2017 Altima. Both engines are paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Seven trim levels are offered: 2.5 ($22,500), 2.5 S ($22,900), 2.5 SR ($24,470), 2.5 SV ($25,460), 2.5 SL ($28,570), 3.5 SR ($27,990) and 3.5 SL ($32,690). These prices do not reflect an $835 destination charge.

All 2.5 models are powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. These models make an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Both 3.5 models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. These models make 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.


Standard equipment includes projector-type halogen headlights and dual-chrome finishers. This model also comes with keyless entry with push button start, air conditioning, a 60-40 split fold-down rear seat, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2.5 S

Choose the 2.5 S and your model adds automatic headlights, an audio system with a five-inch display, USB input, cruise control, and Siri Eyes Free. It is at this trim level you can opt for a $340 power driver’s seat package that also brings in remote engine start and stop.

2.5 SR

Both SR models are the “performance” side of the model line, offering paddle shifters with manual mode, a sport-tuned suspension, and active understeer control. Fog lights, smoked headlight housings, chrome accents, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a sport spoiler are included. This model also provides an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Choose the $600 LED appearance package for LED headlights with signature LED Daytime Running Lights.

2.5 SV

Choose the 2.5 SV edition and your model is equipped with ZF Sachs shocks. Standard equipment includes 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and safety upgrades such as blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert. Three packages are available, including cold weather ($500), navigation ($580), and convenience ($1,350).

2.5 SL

The 2.5 SL edition brings in folding heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. You’ll also find leather seats, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with digital compass. Two packages are available: moonroof ($800) and technology ($2,190).

3.5 SR

The 3.5 SR is one of two models with the V6 engine. It is also the sport model, offering the same upgrades as the 2.5 SR.

3.5 SL

Like the 2.5 SL, the 3.5 SL offers top trim. However, the available power-sliding moonroof is included here as are such tech features as NissanConnect with Navigation. You can also opt for a $1,180 tech package featuring intelligent cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking.

CarsDirect Tip

Either SR trim gives you the look and driving characteristics befitting the Altima line. Before you opt for the V6, consider that the four-cylinder engine is peppy and efficient. For about $25,000, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal.

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