Family sedans are responsible for meeting a wide range of needs. They’re expected to deliver comfortable handling, up-to-date feature content and family-friendly amenities. Though it’s outpaced in certain areas by some rivals, the 2017 Nissan Altima is a solid bet in this competitive segment.
The 2017 Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan that provides seating for five passengers, and it’s available with a choice of two engines. All models come with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Altima is sold in 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, SR Midnight Edition, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL trims. Nissan’s Altima carries over into 2017 unchanged.
The 2017 Nissan Altima’s lines are sculpted and smooth, and the sedan’s sheet metal gives it the look of being perpetually in motion. The broad front fascia sits low to the ground, and it’s dominated by a wide trapezoidal grille with active grille shutters for optimal aerodynamics. Standard 16-inch wheels connect the Altima with the tarmac.
Base models come with halogen headlights and a high-mounted rear stoplight. The list of options includes fog lights, a power sunroof, side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, daytime running lights, smoked headlight and taillight housings, a rear spoiler and 17- or 18-inch wheels.
The Altima welcomes passengers with a spacious cabin. The front seats provide noteworthy comfort, and they deliver pleasant accommodations on long trips. Both rows offer good legroom, and the rear seat features a raised cushion than improves forward visibility. The Altima’s trunk provides 15.4 cubic feet of capacity.
Base models come with woven fabric upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. You can upgrade your Altima with dual-zone climate control, rear heating and cooling vents, heated power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery.
The front-wheel-drive 2017 Nissan Altima feels poised on the road, and its standard CVT delivers responsive performance. Base models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, and this engine has an EPA rating of up to 27/39 mpg city/highway. A 3.5-liter V6 is also available, offering 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. This power plant achieves mileage of 22/32 mpg.
Base-model Altimas are modestly equipped, but buyers will find a full complement of available upgrades. Standard features include Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a CD/MP3 player and a four-speaker sound system. The list of available features includes satellite radio, a 7-inch display screen, a USB port, a Bose nine-speaker sound system, navigation, a hands-free text messaging assistant, Siri Eyes Free, forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.