The Nissan Altima is really a great car that seems to have learnt something some cars struggle with, reinvention. This is a car that has been different things at different times, at one point it was a compact, today it’s a mid-sized sedan. Its success can be attributed to its near psychic ability to know what the market needs at any time. This was the second-bestselling car in America back in 2011, which says a lot about how car buyers have taken to it in droves. The Altima holds its place somewhere between the Maxima and the Sentra.
What’s in a Name?
The Nissan Teana is sold as a rebadged Altima in the Japanese market.
Starting out as the Bluebird back in 1957, the Altima was introduced as a continuation to this product line later in 1992. It replaced the Stanza and it was grounded on the Nissan Bluebird SSS (chassis model U13). Initially it was known as the “Stanza Altima”, before going ahead to evolve to just the Altima. The first generation Altima lasted in production 1992-1997.
Currently, the fifth generation (L33) Altima was based on the Nissan Ellure concept. It debuted at the summer of 2012 for the 2013 model year. Much of its design cues seem to be borrowed from the Nissan Maxima. Later in November 2015, for the 2016 model year the Altima got a facelift.
The Altima comes in a number of trims:
- 5 S
- 5 SR
- 5 SV
- 5 SR
- 5 SL
- 5 SL
Powering the Altima are a set of four cylinder engines with a single V6. The 3.5L V6 engine is the most powerful, and it produces a colossal 270 hp with 350 Nm of torque. As for the most powerful four cylinder engine it is the 2.5L four cylinder that produces 182 hp and 350 Nm of torque. All the engines use CVT transmission.
In the cabin you can expect less noise, while having the best styling and comfort. When it comes to the standard tech you can expect a CD player, audio streaming, 5” color audio display, auxiliary jack and Bluetooth. You can upgrade to a 7” color touchscreen on higher trims.
Staring at the Altima, you can be forgiven for thinking that you are looking at an Infiniti. Infiniti as you well know is Nissan’s luxury brand subsidiary, and that’s how good the Altima looks. Its V-shaped grille looks sumptuous, but it is the headlights that do it for me as they have a lovely boat-shape. All in all the Nissan have employed an exemplary and splendid design to the new Altima.
When you hear a car rating its fuel economy at 39 mpg then you know that you have a really efficient machine. A car that doesn’t get thirsty especially with the falling price of oil, means you can live in a financial utopia. Another great facet of the Altima is the great design employed, both for the interior and exterior. As for the cabin you’ll be happy with its quiet nature. Nissan’s use of CVT transmission has been critiqued at length by many disgruntled drivers. However, the CVT employed on the Altima feels more natural and is much quicker than its predecessor. This is a great car by far, it offers a quiet cabin, fuel economy, plus great styling.
If you think it’s time you buy an Altima, start budgeting from $ 22,500.
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