Nissan Altima

After the brand ended production of the Nissan Stanza in 1992, the 1993 model year saw the introduction of the Nissan Altima The Nissan Altima was, and still is, completely manufactured in the U.S. Like its predecessor, it was classed as a compact car. It remained in the compact car category until its third generation launched in 2001. The third generation of the Nissan Altima shows a significant increase in size compared to the first two generations, which bumps the car up to the midsize car category, where it has remained ever since.

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About the Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is a comfortable family sedan that provides sporty handling and performance for drivers. The introduction of the two-door coupe body style offers a sportier version of the vehicle. Several trim levels provide increased performance and various levels of features on the instrument panel and within the car itself. Comfort while driving is key for the Nissan Altima, and both body styles take this into consideration. Even though the coupe version has a sportier suspension, seats are bolstered to improve comfort for those within.

Nissan Altima Features

At the New York Auto Show in April 2006, Nissan unveiled the fourth version of the Altima, ready to sell for the 2007 model year. This generation utilizes a smaller platform and measures slightly shorter than the third generation, but the interior space of the vehicle remains the same. The engines show modification, leaving the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder to produce 175 horsepower and the 3.5-liter V-6 producing 270 horsepower. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, while a continuously variable transmission is available as an option. As well as releasing a four-door sedan, Nissan also released a two-door coupe model for the 2008 model year. Both the sedan and the coupe underwent a refresh in 2010 that included redesigns of the front end, hood, and headlights.

Nissan Altima Evolution

When the first generation of the Nissan Altima was launched for the 1993 model year, only a four-door sedan body style was available. Either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission fits on the sedan, but the model offers only one engine option. All versions of the first generation come equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with a power rating of 150 horsepower. Although the car is classified as a compact car, it is one of the largest in its class and comfortably seats four passengers. In total, this generation offers four trim levels: base level XE, the mid-level GXE, the sporty version SE, and the luxury version GLE.

The second generation of the Nissan Altima was launched in 1998, and is only available in the North American market. Although this generation of the Altima shows similarities to the previous one, adjustments to the interior layout make it feel roomier, despite the generations’ identical sizes. Little was changed between the first and second generations of the Nissan Altima until 2000, when the vehicle underwent a refresh. At that time, Nissan modified the engine to increase the power by five horsepower to 155. Gear shifts and final drive ratios decreased, steering was firmed, and stabilizer bars thickened, leading to increased performance and handling. Both the interior and exterior show restyles as well.

The 2002 model year saw the launch of the third generation of the Nissan Altima. This version of the Altima uses new platform and measures larger than the previous two generations. Due its growth in size, it classifies as a midsize model and is actually larger than the Nissan Maxima. As a result, Nissan increased the size of the Maxima to move it into the full-size category. Two engines fit the Nissan Altima based on the trim level purchased. A 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine are available, with power ratings of 175 horsepower and 245 horsepower, respectively. A five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission can be matched with either engine.

The Altima underwent a refresh for the 2005 model year, which included a new front grille and headlights, as well as an updated interior. The V-6 engine ups its power rating to 250 horsepower, and a five-speed manumatic transmission is offered on the model. This allows drivers to make manual gear changes or drive in fully automatic mode. The new SE-R model contains a V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and fits with a six-speed manual transmission, although the automatic comes available as an option.

Select a Nissan Altima Year

2017 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

2016 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

2015 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

2014 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

2013 Nissan Altima

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The 2013 Nissan Altima is redesigned inside and out as this solid family sedan receives an infusion of style and energy.

2012 Nissan Altima

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

Nissan dropped the Hybrid for 2012, instead focusing on packages to supplement sedan and coupe models. A new Value Package is added to last year's Special Edition Package, both for the 2.5 S sedan, while the Convenience Package, Premium Package, and Leather Package all return for 2012 coupes.

2011 Nissan Altima

Coupe, Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The 2011 Nissan Altima is one of the rare exceptions in automobiles that provides the safety and excitement a family looks for in an enjoyable ride.

2010 Nissan Altima

Coupe, Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The 2010 Altima receives prominent exterior modifications, notably a new hood with a "power bulge," a restyled grille and front bumper, and fresh wheel designs. The coupe gets similar updates but also adds projector beam headlights. For added safety, VDC is standard across the board. Inside, updated gauges, a 4.3-inch color audio display, and a USB port with iPod connectivity are all standard.

2009 Nissan Altima

Coupe, Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The 2009 Nissan Altima comes in two body types, coupe and sedan, with a choice of two, powerful engines.

2008 Nissan Altima

Coupe, Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The Nissan Altima got redesigned last year to improve on some areas.

2007 Nissan Altima

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

The 2007 Nissan Altima classifies as a midsize sedan that comes in four trim levels: the 2.

2006 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The Nissan Altima was first introduced in 1993 and proved to be reliable and rather fun to drive.

2005 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

One of the sportiest midsize sedans, the 2005 Nissan Altima boasts perhaps the most powerful V-6 engine on the market.

2004 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 2003 Nissan Altima was once a smaller sedan, and now it's in a new class with a variety of fierce competition.

2003 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The Nissan Altima launched in 2002 to compete directly with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry; it holds up pretty well against both.

2002 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

It took a while for the Nissan Altima family sedan, introduced in 1993, to establish itself in the American marketplace and become popular with the public.

2001 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 2001 Nissan Altima gets slightly smaller and less pricey than the other competitors in its class: the Nissan Maxima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.

2000 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 2000 Nissan Altima is an improvement on the second generation model, which was introduced in 1998.

1999 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 1999 Nissan Altima covers a fairly wide range of vehicles due to model options.

1998 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 1998 Nissan Altima covers a fairly wide range of vehicles, due to its plentitude of model options.

1997 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 1997 Nissan Altima is a front-drive, four-door sedan, which is offered in a variety of models that have been built to last.

1996 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 1996 Nissan Altima comes with one engine, two transmission choices, and four trim levels.

1995 Nissan Altima

Midsize, Sedan

The 1995 Nissan Altima is a sedan that comes in four trim levels: the XE, GXE, SE, and GLE.