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2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

In short: A value-inspired family sedan.

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from what it was a decade ago when it came to the U.S. No longer the starter car in the Nissan line up, as it has been replaced by the Versa, this edition affords itself even more luxuries and sporty amenities.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.

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It 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 the kids.

The sport-tuned suspension, which proved useful on the winding canyon roads, did not take away from a comfortable and smooth ride. And thanks to the Xtronic continuously Variable Transmission, we were able to alternately play rally drivers or continue to observe the scenery for the leisurely drive. Come across a patch of gravel and the traction control system will kick in to save the precious cargo.

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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.

Read a review of the 2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid
and the 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE

2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper; 5-year/60,000-mile power train; 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $25,115/As Tested: $30,715

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 270 bhp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 4,400
Transmission: Continuously Variable

Curb weight: 3,447 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
189.8/70.7/57.9 in

Brakes: ABS
MacPherson strut (front), multilink (rear)
Traction: traction control

front and rear airbags, tire pressure monitoring system

0-60 mph:
6.6 seconds

EPA City: 22 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

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(Updated: 01/04/13 NW)

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