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Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 2.5 SV sedan FWD CVT
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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 more demanding situations. In our tests we got a decent 29 mpg overall with 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 and limits phone interaction to voice commands. Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems are available. For 2018, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.
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2013 Redesign Year
Nissan Altima 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 SR
This version of the Altima was considerably less lustrous than its forebears. In a segment brimming with better cars, the 2013 Altima is a lackluster choice, ranking below virtually all of its competitors with a humdrum driving experience. If you do buy one, we suggest going with the 2.5SV to get a power driver's seat and blind spot monitoring. Advanced safety equipment, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, is only available on the 2.5SL and 3.5SL trims; in both cases as part of a Technology package. Said succinctly, we'd skip this version of the Altima. There are many better choices within the crowded midsized sedan field.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $14,200 - $19,675 $11,250 - $16,510
2015 $12,525 - $16,925 $9,700 - $13,800
2014 $11,100 - $15,250 $8,350 - $12,200
2013 $9,625 - $12,675 $6,980 - $9,780
2007 Redesign Year
Nissan Altima 2012 Trim Shown: 2012 Coupe
The well-rounded 2007 redesign was even better, with an improved ride, especially with the powerful -- yet economical -- four-cylinder engine. The sportier 3.5 SE handles more sharply, but rides stiffly. Interior fit and finish are improved over the previous model, but the rear seat is less roomy. All Altimas have pushbutton keyless start. The 2010 freshening brought the previously optional stability control as a standard feature. Antilock brakes and brake assist are also standard equipment for this generation. A hybrid version was offered as well, but was dropped after 2011; its powertrain returned 32 mpg.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $7,475 - $10,400 $4,895 - $7,595
2011 $6,725 - $9,150 $4,160 - $6,410
2010 $5,925 - $8,075 $3,380 - $5,380
2009 $5,450 - $7,225 $2,900 - $4,575
2008 $5,125 - $6,450 $2,575 - $3,825
2007 $4,600 - $5,700 $2,125 - $3,125
2002 Redesign Year
Nissan Altima 2006 Trim Shown: 2006 Sedan
The third-generation Altima was much roomier than its predecessors. It was also quick, fairly comfortable, and generally competitive. Among its attributes are generous accommodations, a punchy and refined powertrain, nimble and secure handling, as well as a pleasant ride and a quiet cabin. Rear-seat passengers get large-car legroom and can easily stretch, or cross their legs. Though the roomy interior is stylish, fit and finish could be better, as some of the interior plastics look and feel cheap. Be apprised, IIHS side-crash-test results were poor without the optional curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes were optional as well. For this reason, you'll want to look for a car equipped with the ABS/airbag Package.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $3,975 - $4,900 $1,625 - $2,375
2005 $3,600 - $4,425 $1,320 - $1,970
2004 $3,300 - $3,850 $1,065 - $1,515
2003 $2,925 - $3,550 $765 - $1,265
2002 $2,900 - $3,525 $895 - $1,400
Nissan Altima 2001 Trim Shown: 2001 Sedan
The Altima aimed to compete with the four-cylinder Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but never stacked up to them. Handling was less than nimble and the ride was busy. The noisy engine delivered strong acceleration. The front seats were too low and rear seating was fairly cramped. The rear seatback didn't fold down. The Altima was redesigned for 1998, evolving the same basic formula. It was slightly freshened for 2000. It remained a not very rewarding family sedan.
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2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A