Nissan Altima Review

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Nissan Altima History

Manufactured by Nissan since its beginning, the Nissan Altima began in 1992 as a continuation of the Nissan Bluebird line, which itself started in 1957. It has won three awards over the course of its long lifetime: the 2002 North American Car of the Year, the 2010 Altima Received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Highest Front-Impact Crash Safety Rating (five stars), and the 2017 Nissan Altima named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Impressive Appearance Over Time

Nissan’s California design group Blue Studio (under Allan Flowers) gave the Nissan Altima its original styling as a 4-door sedan. When the group changed leadership to Doug Wilson, it remained such but altered subtly. The volume of the car stayed the same, but drivers felt the weight was distributed better and produced a slightly roomier-feeling cabin. Then, the Altima gained a little length and a deeper front grille. The designer responsible for the next set of changes was Jerry Hirshberg. He expanded the interior to 118.8 cubic feet, gave the car a new front grille, and did even more. The next generation of the Nissan Altima, spanning 2007 and 2013, split into two models, the 4-door sedan designed by Ajay Panchal and Takashi Noguchi and the 2-door coupe designed by Toshiyuki Abe. The coupe had a shorter wheelbase, length, and height than the sedan model. The version released in May 2007 was available with two engines, the same updated VQ35DE in the sedan, a 270 hp (201 kW) 3.5-liter 23-valve DOHC V6 or the QR25DE, a 175 hp (130 kW) 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder. In 2009, the Nissan Altima received a new front fascia, a hood, and more fancy additions. The coupe was remodeled in 2010 to have a redesigned front, hood, grille, and more. In 2012, the car was changed over once more and was offered in 5 different trims: the 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, and 3.5 SL. The 2016 model year received new bumpers and active grill sutters, in addition to other features. Between 2012 and 2017, Toshiyuki Abe and Giovanny Arroba took charge of designing the sedan model.

Performance Updates

From 1992 to 1997, Altima models used Nissan’s 150 hp (112 kW) 2.4L KA24DEstraight-4 DOHC engine alongside a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic (acceleration performance: 9.4 seconds 0–60 mph (0–100 km/h) with automatic and 8.2 with manual). This match-up gave sporty, satisfying handling. From 1997 to 2001, the Nissan Altima used a 2.4L KA24DE I4 engine, giving 150 to 155 hp. The 2.5L QR25DE I4 with 175 hp 2.5 / 2.5 S, 3.5 L VQ35DE V6 with 240–250 hp, and the 3.5 L VQ35DE V6 with 260 hp SE-R engines lasted through 2001 and 2006. Also the 3.5 L VQ35DE V6 270 hp SR engines. The fourth generation Altima ((L32A 2006-2012, D32 “Coupe” 2007–2013) revised versions of the third generation engines. Engines used in 2012 models or later include the 1.6L MR16DDT I4, 2.0L MR20DE L4, 2.5 L QR25DE I4 with 182 hp 2.5 / 2.5 S / 2.5 SV / 2.5 SL, and 3.5 L VQ35DE V6 with 270 hp 3.5 S / 3.5 SV / 3.5 SL, 2.0L M9R DCi Diesel I4 engines. The coupe only uses the QR25DE 2.5-Liter four-cylinder rated at 175 hp and QR25DE 2.5 L four-cylinder rated at 175 hp, and the Altima sedan no longer offers 6-speed manual transmission. Also, the SL model, once an addition to the Altima 2.5 S, is now separate.

*MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.