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2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE Review

Cool Economy Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a gray 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE in Los Angeles

In short: A powerful and able coupe.


T
his sporty coupe merges reliability with the seat-of-the-pants fun of a speedster, featuring a responsive continuously variable transmission, 270 hp engine and a traction control system.


Read a review of the 2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid
and the 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $24,970 /As tested: $28,970

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
Horsepower: 270 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque:
258 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: six-speed manual

Curb weight: 3,271 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 182.5/70.7/55.3 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

Brakes: vented disc in front, self-adjusting solid disc in rear; ABS, electronic brake force distribution
Suspension:
stabilizer bars front and rear, independent strut with coil springs in front, multi-link independent in rear

Traction: traction control system

EPA City: 19 mpg
EPA Highway:
27 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, front-seat active head restraints

Likes: sporty
Dislikes: small trunk

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