The Altima has good fuel economy and standard stability control. The first thing a driver will notice is the responsive engine and seamless transmission. Once under way, the composed ride and quiet cabin make another lasting impression. Although it's not a sports sedan, the Altima is responsive and pleasant to drive. Controls are easy to reach, simple to use and the interior is neatly finished.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very good acceleration from v6. Smooth CVT Corners well, rides well"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"No folding mirrors. Trouble with braking system"

David B., NY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Love transmission, continuous variable type. Handles great, tight but not jerky. acceleration fine."

Bertrand C., MO (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The 6-speed manual transmission is excellent. In winter, I put winter tires all around, and this is better than 4-wheel drive. Accelerates aggressively, is very exciting to drive on rural roads. Handling and cornering are smooth and tack-sharp."

Joseph T., NY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The normal handling is good, but it can be a bit squirrely in a brisk cross-wind. The CVT is smooth but high revs under strong acceleration can be disconcerting at first. The manual shift mode is useful for windy roads."

L M., NC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"It drives very predictably and acceptably. It gets great gas mileage."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Relatively powerful engine (260 hp). Accelerates very well. Excellent brakes. Handles well."

Richard D., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"This car handles very well and has good acceleration. It has a lot of room in the interior and is a very comfortable car to drive"

John M., MO (2011 Nissan Altima)

"steering at highway speed not the best engineering, can feel like on grooved surface."

Carles S., FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"the car accelerates well and has good handling"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Car keeps up with traffic. Steers and brakes fine. Don't like the action of the CVT upon hard acceleration"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Great acceleration for a 4 cylinder engine."

John G., WA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Handling very secure and predictable.Acceleration from full stop is excellent."

Robert A., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Love the way it handles- takes curves well, merges easily in traffic and steering wheel fits my hands well"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Have the 3.5l engine and sports suspension options. Absolutely love them. The car is a wolf in sheep's clothing."

John J., FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Acceleration is very responsive . love the CVT Transmission. Great handling both in town and highway driving. Best vehicle I have owned in years. Very Satisfied with no mechicanl issues. First time Nissan Buyer .Will visit Nissan again when purchasing new vehicle.Thinking about the Nissan Rogue with same 2.5l and CVT Drivetrain."

Robert W., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Handles so well and plenty of available power."

Robert C., CA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The car has a lot of pep for a four cylinder motor and corners very well for a family car."

Ray B., MI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I enjoy the fast acceleration. It handles well!"

DOTTIE N., ID (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I love the CVT/engine combination. Lots of torque while the engine just idles. I like that I can drive all over town, up to 40mph with not having the engine rev over 1200RPM and pass other cars."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Handles very well and acceleration when I need it."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I like the CVT."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Nissan Altima)

"60 to 80 in 5 seconds. Instant response without delay. No other car will do this. Very good for mountain roads."

Anonymous, UT (2011 Nissan Altima)

"It would of been nice if when you lock the doors with remote that lights blink once for lock and twice for unlock."

RUSSELL R., KY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"acceleration for the V-6 model is quite good for the price- competing models were more expensive with equivalent V-6 engines."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The 3.5 V6, 270 HP engine makes driving this car very enjoyable. Always plenty of power for any occasion. The SR has a somewhat stiffer suspension and adds a sporty feel to the driving experience."

WM C., IN (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Does not handle well at highway speeds"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Nissan Altima)

"CTV transmission is wonderful and provides more than expected on road acceleration especially at highway speed. Also road handling is traffic"

JIM B., TN (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Fun to drive. very depenable,"

JOHN L., WA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I recently drove a Dodge Journey during a repair due to an accident. I could not wait to get back to the stability and handling of my Altima. It feels so much more stable due to the wide wheel base."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Sluggish acceleration"

MARK Y., FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"My Altima is a 2.5 liter with a manual 6 speeds transmission and i love the power it give me at start and when i turne at 90 degrees in town street, the acceleration from second gear is blasting."

ROBERT C., QC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"comfortable highway drive"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Very good acceleration and handling. The turning circle is a little wide, however."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Has enough pep in traffic"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"This car handle extremely well. Since I drive the another I forget how well it handles until I Drive it again and realize it once again."

EDWIN G., NJ (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I thought the CVT was a good idea when we did our home work before buying and during the test drive. However, after owning it for a while I have concluded that I Really don't like them. I would rather have a 5 or 6 speed auto."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Altima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats very adjustable. Contoured comfortably."

Robert A., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Great ride. Good transmission. Quiet."

Bertrand C., MO (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Road noise annoying loud. Also doors don't open very wide, hard to get car seat in and out of the back seat."

Mary M., MN (2011 Nissan Altima)

"First car I bought with quiet & comfort as top priority, along with good gas mileage...above average on all"

Donna B., MI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are are not comfortable."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Road noise is not as good as my 2005 model."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"My wife is 4feet 11 inches tall and has no problems with vision all around. Ride is comfortable and ventilation (heat and AC) is very good."

Wayne J., CT (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are not comfortable on longer trips"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Engine somewhat noisy at idle and acceleration. Ride is better than average. Seats very comfortable and easy to adjust."

Ray B., MI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I find this to be a quiet comfortable vehicle particularly on the highway with good roads. Seats are okay, but could use a little more lumbar support. The ride is just fine. I am particularly pleased with the transmission on steep hills."

Joseph G., BC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Very comfortable driving position but getting out is a chore for me"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"lower back support is poor"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Seats,noise and ride are excellent."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Firm seat for my back. Very smooth ride and little outside noise."

Bill-Judy W., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The seats are very comfortable and the ride is very smooth."

John M., MO (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I feel very comfortable in the driver's seat. The seats take a long time to warm up in the winter but that is the only negative. The seat position controls work well."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"It's very pleasant to drive, very smooth and comfortable."

Monica C., TX (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Road noise is acceptible except that the Bluetooth doesn't filter it out. Hands free phone is sub par"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Purchased car for daughter to commute to local college and because of CR ratings in 2011 new car issue .Seats are comfortable for s model.ride and handling are good.have been on several 500 mile one way trips and always amazes me how responsive the 2.5l performs at highway the 34 plus mpg. Easy to manuver in town.Great all around and dependable vehicle with no mechanical issues. change oil /filter and tire rotation ever 5000 miles."

Robert W., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"My 6'3" husband is very comfortable in this car. The seats adjust easily and are very comfortable on long drives."

MARY T., CA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are somewhat uncomfortable. The ride is very smooth and quiet. Cruise control goes up steep hills without violent down shifting. It engine brakes going down hill if the speed gets faster than when you took your foot off gas pedal. Auto A/C works great with vent for rear seat. Rear vent could of use a fan with control for rear seat."

RUSSELL R., KY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"interior & seats nice. A bit noisey- road noise."

Anonymous, IA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I just wanted to say that I have cloth seats on the S model and they are not very comfortable on a long ride as far as a persons bottom is concerned. The lumbar and back support is very good and the seat is good for shorter trips as well. But the effect on my bottom is quite painful on longer drives...a hundred miles or so before I need a break!"

EDWARD W., UT (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Driver's seat needs improvement. Seat has become uncomfortable as car aged Heater is slows to heat"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are confortable, air conditioning still operate perfectly, inside noise is low level and the ride is soft but a little harder than when it was new!"

ROBERT C., QC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"seats (driver) could be more comfotable"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Altima)

"A/C compressor blew at 70,000 miles. Repairs cost over $1,000. That is unacceptable."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Extremely fun to drive (excellent acceleration and handling (at least once I replaced the original tires) Good reliability"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Low purchase price for good reliability vehicle."

Stevn R., GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Top rated in it's class that year"

Donna B., MI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"This is the coupe; 6-speed manual. Price was very reasonable new [purchased through Consumer Reports service]. Gas mileage is very good for a 3.5 liter engine. Maintenance has been very reasonable also; synthetic oil changes every 7,500 miles."

Joseph T., NY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"We wanted a car large and stable enough for road trips; we've gotten that, and it was relatively cheap when we bought it new in 2011. We've had virtually no trouble with it."

L M., NC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Good pricing."

Carles S., FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I used costco auto program"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Got what I expected and more. Would buy same car again."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Going on seven years and 100000 miles with out any mechanical issues. Great car"

Brian H., CT (2011 Nissan Altima)

"This has been a very good car for the money, but I see that recent models have not been as good."

Robert M., OH (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Good value, good gas mileage"

Frances O., HI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Car is comfortable, spacious, and easy to drive. It has been extremely reliable (no mechanical issues after 6.5 years and 114,000 miles). Very affordable. Best car value I have ever owned. Highly recommend."

Mark N., NC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"This was a relatively good buy and it has served us very well. The gas mileage is excellent and ride, noise and handling are very good.. The brakes need replacing a little too often, but CR has already reported that fact."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The car was well cared for but the transmission failed at 120,000 miles and had to be replaced at a cost of $3800!!!!! That is not acceptable!!!!!!"

KEVIN F., MA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"IT is a well built solid car. I have had no problems and the only expenses so far other than gas have been consumables such as tires, brake pads, and a new battery just this last week. The cost was very reasonable to get that kind of quality."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Nissan had a very good rebate program and I was able to purschase a hid her level of trip and the hybrid model as a result."

JOHN D., NY (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Purchased the sports edition of the Altima, it is very stylish, still looks brand new and receive compliments on it all the time. It is a dream to drive"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The car was sold at a considerable discount to the list price, because we bought it towards the end of the model year. The car is comfortable, it has been reliable and I like the way it handles."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Dealer attempted bait and switch during sale. Then failed to fulfill service agreement. We like car, but the dealership in Jacksonville Florida is not trustworthy."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Reliable. Good driving experience. Gps not user friendly but use iPhone navigation so it isn't a major problem."

DIANE A., NJ (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I walked out of the showroom because we were $500.00 apart on price. When I got home, the dealer called and said he would sell at my price. Having done my research, I felt like I got a very good deal."

WM C., IN (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Reliabilty and comfort"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Nissan Altima)

"The dealer high pressured me into purchasing optional "services" which have proven to be useless. This is the main reason why I may not purchase another Nissan."

CLARENCE W., FL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Electrical issues...not repairable, must replace is costly."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Nissan Altima)

"the best vehicle i have ever owned"

MARK S., WI (2011 Nissan Altima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's sporty and the color is beautiful!"

DOTTIE N., ID (2011 Nissan Altima)


Anonymous, IA (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Always get compliments that it looks new and shiny. There was an extra coating put on car that really helped keep it looking good."

DENISE P., MO (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Get many compliments on style & appearance. Most think that the car is much newer than 2011."

GARY S., IL (2011 Nissan Altima)

"good looking car, cannot tell how old the car is."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Altima)

"I love the lines of the 2011 Altima. It just looks nice. The only problem with the exterior is that the light-weight metal is prone to dent."

Anonymous, KS (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Styling is not a big issue for me. The 2011 Altima looks modern and interior fit and finish are good."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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