Nissan Altima Review
The Nissan Altima is not a substitute for the Maxima, in spite of the fact that the former arrived upon the exit of the latter. That’s what Nissan Australia said and that’s the reason behind why Altima is a medium-sized car while the Maxima was a large-sized car measuring 4885mm, around 35mm longer than the Altima.
The Altima is a family car built in Thailand and offers a generous rear legroom and interior storage space, thus offering a comfortable ride.
Nissan Altima is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, dual-zone climate control and push-button start for keyless entry.
The Altima kicked off with the ST 2.5L, ST-L 2.5L, Ti 2.5L and Ti-S 3.5L, with the 1st three levels having 4-cylinder engines while the flagship Ti-S with V6 engine.
All through this range of Nissan Altima, features offered are Bluetooth, tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel, cruise control, push button engine start, dual zone air-conditioning, headlight washers, speed-sensitive windscreen wipers, rear cargo tie-down hooks, rear seat centre armrest, automatic headlights and LED taillights.
In ST-L, a larger (7” rather than the regular 5”) dashboard display has been added, along with rear view camera, satellite navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, powered front seats, leather steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and seat trim.
All these models are available with a 3-year/100,000km warranty with capped price servicing and 24-hour roadside assistance for the 1st 12 x 10,000km service intervals.
Stylish looks just like Maxima have been given to Altima too. The large, aggressive Nissan grille dominates the front with the pouncing rear profile that gives the car a sporty look.
The interior of Altima is nicely laid out with good head and leg room. Seats are supportive and comfortable creating a luxurious ambience inside.
The 4-cylinder engine of Altima has slightly less power of 127kW in comparison to the 134kW power of the Maxima 2.5L engine, but also marginally more torque (230Nm as compared to 228Nm). Both engines are mated to CVT (continually variable transmission) with the Altima Ti-S having a 6-step manual override mode and paddle shifts. CVTs have been pioneered by Nissan and that knowledge and experience is seen with the latest much quieter X-Tronic system which is less likely to irritate the driver.
Safety features added to all Altima models are multiple airbags, traction control and stability, electronic brakeforce distribution and ABS brakes with brake assistance. Also Isofix child restraint and Active Understeer Control have been added.
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