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.

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