One of the sportiest midsize sedans, the 2005 Nissan Altima boasts perhaps the most powerful V-6 engine on the market. The biggest engine in the Altima lineup lies inside the sporty SE-R, which runs a 3.5-liter, 240 horsepower engine.
The 2005 Altima comes in the base model, as well as four other models. The various models have several packages that can be added to the base features. The convenience package, for example, has a power driver’s seat, alloy wheels, and steering wheel mounted controls, to name a few things.
The roomy interior of the Altima is even bigger than that of its rivals: the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Additional improvements were made to the interior to give it even more of an advantage. The exterior was redesigned, giving it a more stylish and athletic look and feel.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual w/OD, four-speed automatic w/OD, five-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, five-speed manual w/OD
Models: Nissan Altima 2.5, Nissan Altima 2.5 S, Nissan Altima 3.5 SE, Nissan Altima 3.5 SL, Nissan Altima 3.5 SE-R
There are dramatic improvements seen in the 2005 Nissan Altima in comparison to previous models. Numerous enhancements to the style of the vehicle, both in the interior and exterior, were made. Higher standards of quality and appearance were the aims of these improvements. The Altima’s six-cylinder engine was rebuilt to produce more horsepower.
The 2005 Nissan Altima is a large midsize sedan by normal standards. Its wheels are at the far corners of the vehicle, providing a wide track. Therefore, the vehicle is more stable maneuvering at high speeds. There are large doors, which allow for bigger passengers.
The style, revised for the 2005 Altima, has more of an aggressive appeal to it. The hood has a new design, giving it more of an athletic feel. The headlights and taillights are both styled elegantly and blend nicely with the front and rear bumpers. The rest of the design elements add elegance and superiority to the vehicle’s demeanor.
The 2005 Nissan Altima has a grand list of features in its interior that make it a joy to ride in. Reclining bucket seats in the front are installed with adjustable head restraints to provide maximum comfort. In between the two front seats, there is a padded armrest covered with cloth. The console, which is also located in the center, has a dual cup holder that can each hold a 1-liter bottle. There are also dual cup holders in the back seat. The vehicle comes equipped with power windows and locks. The trunk, hood, and fuel tank can be opened from the inside of the car. Both sun visors have a vanity mirror.
Performance & Handling
Both the 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter engines that are in the various 2005 Nissan Altima models have aluminum alloy constructions with dual overhead cams. The 3.5-liter engine has 250 horsepower with 259 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5-liter engine produces 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.
The engineers at Nissan used the Altima’s rigid chassis structure, wide track, and long wheelbase to their advantage, providing it with an independent suspension, which is able to make use of its aluminum parts to provide better response and a more secure ride. The multi-link suspension is lighter than in previous models, so handling is much improved.
The 2005 Nissan Altima comes equipped with driver and passenger side airbags. There are three-point seat belts in every seating position. Front seat belts come with pretensioners that lock belts to help ensure passengers are restrained in the event of an accident. Rear doors are equipped with child safety locks. There is an emergency trunk release.
According to NHTSA crash-test results, the Altima has a five-star rating in frontal driver and passenger crash protection. In addition, the rollover resistance rating is very good.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Altima 2.5: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 2.5 S: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 3.5 SE: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 3.5 SL: 18/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan Altima 3.5 SE-R: 18/28 mpg city/highway
- Excellent handling
- Great performance
- Roomy and comfortable Interior
You Won't Like
- Road noise
- Below average gas mileage
- Expensive to repair
Carries an unparalleled mix of style, performance, and value to its market segment.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Toyota Camry
- Honda Accord
- Hyundai Elantra