Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
This rather generic though roomy sedan uses a continuously variable transmission that works well when loafing around but dilutes the driving experience. In our tests we got a decent 29 mpg overall in the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and the 3.5-liter V6 returned 24 mpg overall. Handling feels mushy and saps confidence with its overly light steering, though it is ultimately secure. The ride is superficially soft, but over sharp bumps the suspension loses its absorbency. Controls are easy to use, but the infotainment system is fussy to use and limits phone interaction only to voice commands. Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems are available. Reliability has improved to average, but the Altima scored too low in our testing to recommend.