2000 Nissan Altima
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2000 Nissan Altima Review
Solid but lagging behind
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The 2000 Nissan Altima is an improvement on the second generation model, which was introduced in 1998. The first generation Nissan Altima was introduced in 1993 to great applause and brilliant sales. The Nissan Altima was modeled after the Infiniti J30, and granted car buyers affordable luxury. After a five year run, the Altima received a redesign that failed to improve on the model, and actually turned off many Altima fans.
The 2000 model redesigns several aspects of the vehicle. Exterior styling has received a breath of fresh inspiration. The engine and suspension is also greatly improved. If you’re looking for an affordable luxury car, there are plenty of vehicles available, many better than the Altima. Shop around before choosing a Nissan.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Altima XE, Nissan Altima GXE, Nissan Altima SE, Nissan Altima GLE
The 2000 Nissan Altima has received a few improvements. The engine has received refinements that increase horsepower and performance. The front and the rear fascia of the vehicle have received updates to headlight design and the grille. The Nissan Altima also receives improvements to the drive quality and the stance of the vehicle.
The 2000 Nissan Altima has received a substantial upgrade to its appearance. The front and rear fascia is redesigned. A new grille and integrated clear-lens headlights improve the front of the vehicle, giving it an aggressive look. The headlights and turn signals are all included in one piece. The front of the car is lower than in previous years, helping it hug the road and adding to that aggressive look. The rear receives bright red taillights (much brighter than in previous years), a rear deck finisher, a spoiler (optional), and an extra two inches in length.
The interior of the 2000 Nissan Altima boasts new seats that increase comfort for the driver and passenger alike. There are several improvements to the controls of the vehicle that make driving a lot more comfortable and fun. Noise inside the cabin has reduced significantly due to the new, thick door glass, new seals, and more sound insulation behind the engine. The 2000 Nissan Altima sees the added space included in the 1998 remodel carried over, making this a true five-passenger vehicle. Three adults will comfortably sit in the back seat due to the inclusion of better leg and headroom. The XE model doesn’t have a folding rear seat for better room, but the higher trim models do.
Standard features on the Nissan Altima include bucket seats, a center console, tinted glass, a tachometer, driver and passenger airbags, cloth seating, power seating, remote trunk release, a tilt steering wheel, and power windows.
Optional features include cruise control, air conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Nissan Altima comes equipped with a 2.4-liter engine that produces 155 horsepower, a boost of five horsepower from the previous year. In fact, the engine has been refined in many ways for the 2000 model year. The engine now accelerates a lot faster, has several performance enhancements, and a lot more torque when revving in the low speeds.
The suspension has received its own set of improvements. It is stiffer, preventing as much body roll in turns as was present in previous years. The suspension is also a lot more responsive with coil springs and a new rear Super Toe Control. The Super Toe Control has speed sensitive struts that adjusts firmness when turning and accelerating, keeping the steering smooth even in turns.
All these improvements make the 2000 Nissan Altima a fun car to drive. Drivability is actually one of the main reasons the Altima is not completely trounced by the competition.
The 2000 Nissan Altima comes equipped with an auto-theft alarm system and driver and passenger front air backs. An anti-lock brake system (ABS) is not available on the XE model, although it is included with the other trim lines. The NHTSA gave the Nissan Altima five out of five stars for passenger safety and four out of five stars for the driver. The Nissan Altima only received three out of five stars for side impact to the front and rear of the vehicle. The IIHS gave the Nissan Altima a score of “poor,” its worst, for head restraints. It received a score of “good,” the IIHS best, for chest protection, and head and neck protection. Overall, the Nissan Altima received a score of marginal.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Altima four-speed automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Engine and suspension improvements galore
- Fun drive
- New styling
You Won't Like
- Safety features lacking
- No ABS or side airbags on XE models
Solid but lagging behind
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