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Is a Nissan Altima a Good Car?

The Nissan Altima has come a long way since it was first introduced 20 years ago. The 2013 model was nominated for “Best Car to Buy” by The Car Connection, one of the biggest and most trusted car review websites in the world.

Performance

You have a couple different choices:

First, there is a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine that has 182 horsepower. This enables the Altima to get up to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. It is fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that allows it to have this kind of swift acceleration. The Altima weighs 3,400 pounds, making it among the lightest cars in its class.

If that is not enough power for you, there is a 3.5-liter V-6 model that contains 270 horsepower. It also has the CVT. However, this model is fitted with paddle shifters.

Fuel Economy

The Altima gets outstanding gas mileage. The four-cylinder gets 27 miles per gallon in the city, 38 miles per gallon on the highway. The V-6 gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

Awards

The Nissan Altima has also received two other important awards in the past. In 2002, it was named the North American Car of the Year. This is an award that is announced every year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. A jury of more than 50 automotive journalists vote on the award. In 2010, the Altima received the coveted five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the car’s front-impact crash safety. This is the highest rating that the NHTSA gives out.

Facelift

In 2010, the Altima received new interior materials, wheels, headlights, hood and front fascia. The electronic stability control became a standard feature on all Altima trims. Previously, this had only been available as an option. The public and critics responded favorably to the changes.

Excellent Reviews

Edmunds.con conducted a test recently that compared the Nissan Altima to the Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord. The Altima was awarded first place. Edmunds said that the Altima only has a few minor deficiencies. Otherwise, it is good in almost everything. It remains quiet on highways, has comfortable seats and drives well on roads with lots of difficult curves. It is the least expensive of the three, which only adds to its value.

 

About the author: Taylor

 

Taylor is the founder of AutoFoundry.com. He's a seasoned fiction and web writer who has been involved in the automotive industry for nearly a decade. He's currently restoring a 1985 BMW 325e. Email | Twitter | Google+

 

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