09 Nissan Altima

09 Nissan Altima

2009 Altima Overview The Nissan Altima line includes sedans and coupes and a gas/electric hybrid.Altima represents a sporty alternative to mid-size stalwarts like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.Noteworthy changes for 2009 start with a substantial upgrade in standard equipment and a wider range of paint color choices.Most models add automatic door locks, and the Altima Coupe adds an 18-inch wheel option with larger tires.For 2009, the coupe has a glossy, painted grille.The Altima sedan launched as a 2007 model.The Altima Coupe and the Hybrid were introduced for the 2008 model year.The Altima is a driver’s car among work-a-day mid-size sedans and coupes.For drivers who appreciate sharp handling, the Altima excels.It connects with its driver and inspires confidence.It’s steady and predictable in fairly extreme situations.Its suspension is firm compared to some competitors, but the Altima’s ride isn’t harsh.The standard four-cylinder engine is one of the strongest in the class, but it still affords good fuel economy.The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is rated 175 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque (170 and 175, respectively, in California).The upgrade V6, closely related to the engine in Nissan’s 370Z sports car, delivers exciting performance to those who seek it.The 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.The gas-electric Altima Hybrid sedan boasts an EPA-rated 35 miles per gallon City, extending its range past 600 miles between fill-ups.The Hybrid features a less powerful version of the four-cylinder (158 hp) and Toyota’s proven electric hybrid drive.Its electrically powered air conditioning works even when the engine is stopped.Most Altima models are equipped with a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, which works like an automatic.Nissan has excelled at CVT technology.Most Altima models are available with a six-speed manual transmission.The Altima sedan is comfortable, practical and well suited to growing families.It gives up little rear seat room to the larger Nissan Maxima, with plenty of room in the trunk for stuff.In both sedan and coupe, Altima’s cargo space can be expanded into the cabin, thanks to a standard fold-down, locking rear seatback.The two-door Altima Coupe looks a bit sportier than the sedan, perhaps a bit more stylish, but it sacrifices a substantial amount of rear seat room.We’d say it’s basically a car for two passengers.The Altima line fits a wide range of tastes and budgets.The base sedan comes with the essentials (except a radio), while the line-topping Altima 3.5 SL has features and leather-trimmed ambience that hints at luxury class.The Altima 2.5 S can be optioned with leather, navigation and just about everything offered in the V6-powered cars, with the improved fuel economy of the four-cylinder engine.All variants offer a sporting flair that separates them from the pack, yet Nissan has done a good job in recent years of smoothing some of Altima’s rougher edges.Interior finish and overall smoothness have improved considerably, and are now more competitive with the best in the class.The Altima models get high marks for safety, earning the full five stars in government front- and side-impact crash tests.All are equipped with a …Hide Full Review
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09 Nissan Altima

The 2009 Nissan Altima offers all the utility expected of a family car, and when it was new, test drivers said the Altima was actually fun to drive. Reviewers also liked its stylish cabin, sporty exterior and sufficient engine power. Add in the 2009 Altima’s strong safety scores and high fuel economy, and the Altima may appeal to a number of used car shoppers. The 2009 Nissan Altima is available in sedan and coupe body styles, but reviewers said both lack rear-seat head- and legroom, especially the coupe. Trunk space is tiny in the coupe, but average in the sedan. Some reviewers thought the interior materials lacked the quality level of some rivals, and the Altima’s manual transmission was universally disliked by test drivers thanks to its rubbery, imprecise shifter. The front-wheel drive Nissan Altima has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available on all sedan and coupe models, while a six-speed manual can be found on the Altima coupe and 2.5 S and 3.5 SE Altima sedan models. Six airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2009 Altima. Stability control was not available on four-cylinder models, though it could be added to V6 Altimas as an option when it was new. See the full 2009 Nissan Altima specs » Other Cars to Consider The 2009 Ford Fusion is good to cross-shop against the 2009 Nissan Altima because both cars have sporty handling and good driving dynamics. The Altima outshines the Fusion with better fuel economy, but the Fusion has a better safety score. The Fusion’s cabin and trunk are especially spacious, which is good if you are shopping for a used family sedan. The 2009 Honda Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles, just like the 2009 Altima. The Accord is practical, reliable and safe, which makes it a good used car for families and shoppers who aren’t concerned with sporty driving dynamics or styling. It’s not as fun to drive as the Nissan Altima, but test drivers liked the Accord’s smooth acceleration and strong brakes. Fuel economy in the Altima sedan is better than in the Accord sedan. Compare the Altima to the Fusion and Accord »
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09 Nissan Altima

2009 Nissan Altima Details Interior The Altima’s airy cabin has a contemporary appearance supported by nicely textured plastic, lots of stow space and numerous soft-touch surfaces that contribute to its welcoming character. White-on-black main gauges are easy to read, the ancillary controls and center-stack switchgear is logically arrayed and the Altima’s generous glass area provides the driver with good sightlines to the outside world. The front buckets, although comfortable, could use a bit more lateral support. Even though the Altima skews to the smaller side of the official EPA “mid-size” category, its 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat can still accommodate two average adults or three kids while enhancing the flexibility and utility of its 15.3 cubic feet of trunk capacity. Exterior Even a quick glance shows that the Altima is rich in Nissan family cues, most notably in its grille, headlamp and taillamp treatments. However, the lines and contours of its crisply rendered sheetmetal display a bit more aggressive edge than you’ll find in the Sentra or Maxima. A well-defined shoulder ridge complements bold flaring on fenderwells that house 16-inch 215/60 tires on steel wheels on 2.5 and 2.5 S models and 215/55 rubber on 17-inch cast-alloy wheels on 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL versions. Only six-cylinder Altimas offer front fog lamps, which are standard issue on SL trims but optional on SEs.
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09 Nissan Altima

The 2009 Nissan Altima offers all the utility expected of a family car, and when it was new, test drivers said the Altima was actually fun to drive. Reviewers also liked its stylish cabin, sporty exterior and sufficient engine power. Add in the 2009 Altima’s strong safety scores and high fuel economy, and the Altima may appeal to a number of used car shoppers.
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09 Nissan Altima

The front-wheel drive Nissan Altima has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available on all sedan and coupe models, while a six-speed manual can be found on the Altima coupe and 2.5 S and 3.5 SE Altima sedan models. Six airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2009 Altima. Stability control was not available on four-cylinder models, though it could be added to V6 Altimas as an option when it was new.
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09 Nissan Altima

The 2009 Honda Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles, just like the 2009 Altima. The Accord is practical, reliable and safe, which makes it a good used car for families and shoppers who aren’t concerned with sporty driving dynamics or styling. It’s not as fun to drive as the Nissan Altima, but test drivers liked the Accord’s smooth acceleration and strong brakes. Fuel economy in the Altima sedan is better than in the Accord sedan.
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09 Nissan Altima

After a successful redesign in 2007, the 2009 Nissan Altima carries on with only minor changes. Spun from Nissan/Renault’s robust D-Platform architecture, this stylish front-drive four-door continues as the volume leader in the division’s lineup, having been joined by a limited-production, gasoline-electric Hybrid variant as well as a sporty Coupe model (both reviewed separately). Even in conventional form, the Altima sedan covers a lot of competitive ground, offering four trim levels, both four- and six-cylinder power and the choice of a six-speed manual or Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). That wide selection helps it face off against the current best-seller, Toyota’s popular Camry, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord – both formidable foes in one of America’s toughest market segments.
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09 Nissan Altima

The Altima’s airy cabin has a contemporary appearance supported by nicely textured plastic, lots of stow space and numerous soft-touch surfaces that contribute to its welcoming character. White-on-black main gauges are easy to read, the ancillary controls and center-stack switchgear is logically arrayed and the Altima’s generous glass area provides the driver with good sightlines to the outside world. The front buckets, although comfortable, could use a bit more lateral support. Even though the Altima skews to the smaller side of the official EPA “mid-size” category, its 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat can still accommodate two average adults or three kids while enhancing the flexibility and utility of its 15.3 cubic feet of trunk capacity.

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