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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.

Road Test

Despite a few high points, the Nissan Altima is not competitive among midsized sedans. In a segment brimming with better cars, the Altima is a lackluster choice. It ranks below virtually all of its competitors with a humdrum driving experience. Among...

Highs

  • Roomy rear seat
  • Easy to secure child seats

Lows

  • Lackluster handling
  • Unsettled ride

Best Version to Get

We'd skip the Altima because there are many better choices within the crowded midsized sedan field. It has also been unreliable. If you do buy one, we'd go with the 2.5SV to get a power driver's seat and blind-spot monitoring. Unfortunately, forward collision warning and automatic emergency...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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