The 2011 Nissan Altima has only respectable safety scores in a class of overachievers, which means that there are better choices for those who are especially worried about safety in a mid-size sedan. It debuted in 1993, replacing the Stanza as Nissan's compact sedan. Whether as a coupe or sedan, the Altima feels quite sporty, with better steering and handling than most other mid-size sedans. Trunk size is quite a bit smaller in coupe models, but both have a split-folding back seat to expand cargo space for larger items. The Nissan Altima sedan has gone through several generations. But the Coupe is very distinctive; it's several inches shorter, with a much more tapered roofline and sculpted rear flanks, plus an altogether different treatment in back. White-on-black main gauges are easy to read, the ancillary controls and center-stack switchgear is logically arrayed and the Altima's generous glass area provides the driver with good sightlines to the outside world.
It struck at the beginning of the evening rush hour, around 4 p. Nissan's push-button ignition system is included on all Altimas, whether you like it or not. Those figures place the Altima line fairly close to its key rivals, the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The climate controls are also intuitive. Now entering its fifth generation of production, the Nissan Altima remains a strong — albeit aging — contender in the lucrative family sedan segment.
Standard equipment on the Altima S includes push-button start, a six-speaker stereo and cruise control. Thorough feedback and responses, and beyond expectations help and cooperation in all aspects of transaction. The 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid is another story altogether; thanks to its sophisticated hybrid system, it achieves 33 mpg both in the city and on the highway. A hybrid version of the sedan is also sold in some markets. After owning four Saturns, I was forced to look for a new brand to become loyal to. The Altima handles well, thanks to speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering and a suspension that's tuned on the firm side yet compliant enough for most surfaces. The Nissan Altima sedan has gone through several generations.
However, while the baseline model might be too plain for the critics, many of the desirable options are bundled in packages with extras that the consumer may not need. The only major packaging difference is that the back seat is fixed in Hybrids, whereas it folds forward in other models. As for V-6 models they're about what you'd expect for the class, at 20 mpg city, 27 highway. The Altima Hybrid, which is especially limited this year with Nissan's decision to discontinue it, gets an advanced full-hybrid system with the 2. We also tested the Camry and the Accord, I thought this one was a bit nicer! The culprit was a fast, fierce winter storm. Sadly, the sport suspension that comes with the 3.
The 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid is another story altogether; thanks to its sophisticated hybrid system, it achieves 33 mpg both in the city and on the highway. Vehicle Details The Altima's airy cabin has a contemporary appearance supported by nicely textured plastic, lots of stow space and numerous soft-touch surfaces that contribute to its welcoming character. At a Glance Designed to compete with other midsize, front-wheel-drive, sporty-inspired coupes like the Monte Carlo and the Accord, the Altima Coupe was born as a truncated version of the four-door Altima sedan. The Nissan Altima was designed in the U. Especially disconcerting is a noticeable and frightful wheel hop that can be induced under hard acceleration with the 3.
Jalv asked a 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2. The Nissan Altima consistently receives awards and accolades from the industry. The Altima's breadth of powertrain and packaging choices opens the door for lots of comparatively affordable variations on the theme that can meet and exceed the needs of all manner of mid-size sedan buyers — whether they're seeking basic transportation or want something with a more sporting character. Our only lingering complaint is that the tactility of the controls leaves something to be desired, as does the plethora of hard, drab plastics. It does have it's flaws, namely dissapointing fuel economy, and lack of power. The Altima sedan and Coupe are offered in four-cylinder and V-6 versions.
Appearance-wise, it's also more distinctive than other mid-size sedans or coupes, with an interior that feels more inspired and sporty. Coupes give up several inches of useful cabin space and are quite a bit tighter in back, with headroom scarce. I had just come from a preview of the 2011 Washington Auto Show at the Walter E. Trunk space is plentiful, too, with fold-forward seats on all but the Hybrid model to accommodate larger items though they don't fold flat , and the glovebox is huge. Then I had a g35 and was awesome but the gas mileage was poor.
However, the lines and contours of its crisply rendered sheetmetal display a bit more aggressive edge than you'll find in the Sentra or Maxima. Several test drivers also said the 2011 Altima lacked the refinement inside that many of its rivals have. Handles great, rides okay 18 inch factory wheels , sounds awesome and cant wait to modify it a little to give it my own personal touch! They contacted me back within minutes and made time the same day to come and look at the car. Most people are willing to overlook such details, though, when given luxury options that make up for these minor flaws. All that said, this car has never much appealed to me. The car I drove was a little more spartan than my 2008 model; no satellite radio, no steering wheel sound controls, cloth seats and the cooling system while very functional did not have the more precise temperature settings I am used to.
Most people are willing to overlook such details, though, when given luxury options that make up for these minor flaws. The car was ready and clean, Gabriel let me take it for a test drive and answered all the questions I had. With the amenties on my Nissan I gave up very little that the Lexus afforded me and am saving hundreds of dollars each month. That places it among the lowest vehicles its size for carbon footprint. Though test drivers agreed that the Accord is not as fun to drive as the Altima, they liked its comfortable, quiet ride and refined engines. Nearly all of its rivals—including the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima—have seen major redesigns since then, or at the very least significant refreshes. The interior of the 2011 Nissan Altima is positively functional and not at all gimmicky, with neat, attractive styling, plus good passenger space all around—though the back seat could prove tight for taller adults.
Both engines are made from lightweight aluminum, have four valves per cylinder and use continuously-variable valve timing to improve response and efficiency across their entire operating ranges. I have been looking for the perfect car for myself. Compared to related Nissan models, the Altima is a powerful step up from the Sentra, but it is not considered as luxurious as the Maxima. However, while the baseline model might be too plain for the critics, many of the desirable options are bundled in packages with extras that the consumer may not need. It is comfortable, thanks to the many adjustment features on the driver's chair.