2009 Nissan Altima

  • 2009 Nissan Altima Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/180
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,900
  • 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      198/N/A
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $26,650
  • 2009 Nissan Altima S Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/180
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,250
  • 2009 Nissan Altima SE Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      270/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,890
  • 2009 Nissan Altima SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      270/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,680
  • 2009 Nissan Altima SL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      270/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $29,380
  • 2009 Nissan Altima S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/180
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,540
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2009 Nissan Altima Review

Performance and appearance make a winning pair.

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Overview

The 2009 Nissan Altima comes in two body types, coupe and sedan, with a choice of two, powerful engines. Both body types bring out the best of the aerodynamic design. Well-incorporated safety features make the driving experience pleasantly safe.

The Range

Body Styles: Coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter I-4, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: Altima 2.5, Altima 2.5 S, Altima 3.5 SE, Altima 3.5 SL

What's New

The 2009 Nissan Altima comes with new convenience features, including power mirrors and a trip computer. It also offers the option of the coupe or sedan body style for the first time.

Exterior

The 2009 Nissan Altima exterior looks attractive to the eye, taking on a very aerodynamic design. It measures 70.7 inches wide, 55.3 inches tall, 182.5 inches long, and sits on a 105.3-inch wheelbase. The 3.5 SE comes fitted with 215-55VR17.0BSW front tires and 215-55VR17.0BSW rear tires, while the 2.5, the 2.5 S, and the 3.5 SL come fitted with 215-60TR16.0BSW front tires and 215-60TR16.0BSW rear tires.

With all the seats up, it has a cargo capacity of 7.4 cubic feet. Other features on the 2009 Nissan Altima exterior include front fog lights, a rear window defroster, an optional reverse sensing system to ensure safe backing up, and variable intermittent wipers. A stainless steel exhaust with chrome finish tops off the attractive look.

Interior

The 2009 Nissan Altima seats five and comes with front bucket seats, rear split-folding bench seats, power mirrors, a center armrest with storage in the rear, and remote keyless entry as standard on all trims. The front comes with adjustable headrests that collapse in the event of an impact to protect the driver from whiplash, and the rear has fixed headrests.

Comfort and convenience features include cruise control on the steering wheel, power windows in the front, power mirrors and power steering, and various driver information dials like an engine temperature gauge. The 2009 Nissan Altima comes with air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and a trip computer or a navigation system standard on all the trims. It also includes interior storage, such as cup holders in the front and in the rear, seat back storage, and door pockets.

The 2009 Nissan Altima comes with several driver information features like warning signals to keep abreast of vehicle performance. These include low tire pressure, lights-on, low fuel, doors or trunk-ajar, low washer fluid, low brake fluid, and low battery warnings, among others.

2009 Nissan Altima entertainment and technology includes audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a CD player, and an AM/FM radio as standard on all trims.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Nissan Altima offers two engine options, specifically the 2.5-liter I-4, which produces 175 hp at 5600 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 3900 rpm and the 3.5-liter V-6, which generates 270 hp at 6000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm.

The 2009 Nissan Altima uses front-drive, a six-speed automatic transmission or CVT, and comes with several handling and safety features.

Safety

Safety features include an anti-lock braking system (ABS), four-wheel independent suspension, front strut suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars, front and rear coil springs, multi-link front and rear suspension, gas-pressure front and rear shocks, and a rack and pinion steering system.

Other 2009 Nissan Altima safety features include front airbags for the driver and front passenger, rear airbags, side-mounted airbags to protect occupants in the event of a side-impact collision, and overhead airbags. It also comes fitted with an occupant-sensing deactivation system to protect lighter or smaller passengers from the impact of a launching airbag.

EPA Fuel Economy

Altima 2.5: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Altima 2.5 S: 23/32 mpg city/highway
Altima 3.5 SE: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Altima 3.5 SL: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel efficiency on the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL
  • Powerful engines
  • Well-integrated safety

You Won't Like

  • Many comfort and convenience features remain optional
  • Leather upholstery only available on the 3.5 SL
  • Stability control not a standard feature

Sum Up

Performance and appearance make a winning pair.

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