The same game is being played by all the car manufacturers: bigger is better. As new generations of similarly named cars come to market, they offer more than their predecessors and often have grown in size. Remember what happened to the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, etc… For the fourth generation Altima, Nissan might as well have come up with an entirely new name since the auto is so different from what it was a decade ago when it came to the U.S. No longer the starter car in the Nissan line up, as it has been replaced by the Versa, this edition affords itself even more luxuries and sporty amenities. Sure, you can get a base model for $17,950, but our fully loaded tester added up to over 30 grand. Comparing it to other models on the market, we still stand firm that the Altima is loaded with value.
looks sharp, edgy and sporty with an aggressive stance
and distinctive front and rear lights. There is great space
distribution inside for all five passengers and a nicely
sized trunk. Interior finish and materials are of good
quality and the leather seats we had gave it a luxurious
feel. Get in with the Intelligent Key and start up the 6-cylinders
with the Push Button Ignition. Fill up the nine cup holders
and you are ready for a comfortable Sunday cruise with
In the tech department there is the convenient Bluetooth hands-free phone system, a Bose developed audio system with nine speakers, six disc in-dash CD auto changer with MP3, WMA CD-ROM playback capability, and the very enjoyable dual-zone automatic temperature control.
Rumor has it a coupe version is not far behind. But if tax season is taking a bite out of your budget, the Altima could be a great cure, should you be in the market for something that will be worth each of your hard earned pennies.
Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper; 5-year/60,000-mile power train; 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance