Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is known for being a safe, reliable, and affordable mid-size sedan. Over the years the Altima has gotten both larger and lighter. This change in design allows the Altima to be more aerodynamic, much sharper around corners, and more power on the highway.

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Model Overview

The first Altima came out of production in 1993.There have been five generations of the car to date and you can find the Altima as a 4-door sedan or 2-door coupe. In general the car's evolution has been towards getting larger and more powerful without gaining weight. The fourth generation represents a good value in a 5-passenger car, from model years 2007 to 2012. Limited quanties of a hybrid version can be found from model years 2007-2011. Two trim levels give you two engine choices, the 2.5 trim has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the 3.5 trim has a 3.5-liter V6 and sports tuned suspension.

For 2013 the Altima got an all new design and lost its 6-speed manual transmission. The new design has made the Altima more aerodynamic, more capable of handling corners, more peppy, and a little more luxurious in interior features. The engine runs smoothly and the vehicle offers much in the way of comfort. The 2014 Nissan Altima can be broken down into two different series of cars, the 2 Series and the 3 Series. There are several different models within each series from the Altima 2.5 ($22,110 MSRP) to the 3.5 SL ($30,760), with many of the models sharing feature options.

Price is often a consideration when buying a vehicle and the 2014 Nissan Altima is ranked fourth in Affordable Midsize Cars by US News. Not only is the cost of the Nissan Altima very reasonable, but it has sporty good looks that make it less vanilla than some competing cars in its class.

Safety Ratings

The Nissan Altima receives high marks from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, scoring a “good” rating for side impacts, rear crashes, and roof strength. It is rated by the IIHS as “good” for moderate overlap front and “acceptable” for small overlap front in crash tests. Similarly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2014 Nissan Altima five stars protecting passengers in frontal crashes and side crashes. Safety features include a traction control system, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. There a front air bags for driver and front seat passenger, and side current airbags for all front and rear seat passengers. An optional built-in blind spot monitor on the rearview mirror helps alert you when a car is coming up beside you to the right or left. 

Noteworthy About the Nissan Altima

New available features on the 2014 year model include BlueTooth Web capabilities, audio system with a 5-inch color display, and a Bose Premium Audio System. And you will never worry again about losing your keys with the Nissan Intelligent Key with a Remote Engine Start System.

Avoid accidents with the Moving Object Detection option, which alerts you to the potential of hitting a moving object.