The 2003 Nissan Altima was once a smaller sedan, and now it's in a new class with a variety of fierce competition. Forced to compete with larger vehicles from Honda and Toyota, the Altima manages to stay strong thanks to multiple engine options and an improved body style. It boasts a spacious interior, making it a reasonable option for families or those searching for a little more space in a full body sedan.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Altima 2.5, Nissan Altima 2.5 S, Nissan Altima 2.5 SL, Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
Changes are made to comply with new federal emissions standards. Models with California emissions are now considered a member of the PZEV or Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles. Thanks to the many improvements just a few years prior, the body style is still fresh and relevant.
The 2004 Nissan Altima reaches 191.5 inches in length and sits on a wheel base of 110.2 inches. The four-cylinder 2.5, 2.5 S, and 2.5 SL models ride on steel 16-inch all-season tires, while the supercharged 3.5 SE sports17-inch alloy wheels. High-intensity discharge headlamps are only available on the 3.5 SE model. Available exterior colors include Sheer Silver, Smoke, and Charcoal Black. The higher grade 3.5 SE expands its color palette to include Sonoma Sunset, Satin White, Polished Pewter, and Mystic Emerald to name a few.
The 2004 Nissan Altima can fit five passengers comfortably. A tilt and telescope steering wheel is available in all models for the year. Air-conditioning is standard on the 2.5 S, 3.5 SE, and 2.5 SL. A CD player with AM/FM stereo is also standard on the same three model variations with controls on the steering wheel optional for the 2.5 S and standard on the remaining two. A trip computer is also optional on the 2.5 and standard on both the 2.5 SL and 3.5 SE.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE offers a stronger and more powerful V-6 engine that generates 245 horsepower in addition to 246 lb-ft torque. Handling is smooth and acceleration is adequate for a larger sized sedan. The lower 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine offers a minimal punch, but it can still offer great handling along with a comfortable ride.
The 2004 Nissan Altima gets average to high overall safety ratings. According to the NHSTA Crash Test, it reached four out of five stars in the front passenger, front driver, rollover resistance, and side rear seat. A significant drop to three out of four stars was granted for the side front seat. The IIHS Crash Test provided a ""good"" rating for overall frontal scores based on 2.5 S 4 door Sedan. Good scores were also accomplished in the chest and head and neck ratings. Many of the available safety equipment is not standard on all model variations, with the exception of the dual front side impact airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Altima 2.5: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 2.5 S: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 2.5 SL: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 3.5 SE: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-6 Engine
- PZEZ Options
- Spacious Interior
You Won't Like
- Inferior Interior Components
- Limited Options
- Minimal Color Options
A reasonable option with several trim packages and standard equipment features available.
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