Great car - consistently returns 32+ mpg/600+ miles on a tank, good pickup, and very comfortable. It's the right size, too, and quite roomy in the front seats at least. It's held up pretty well, too, although I must admit that dealer service has more expensive than it was for the Hondas, Toyotas, and Mazdas that I've owned previously. 18 mos & 33k mi in, I still feel that it's a good value and I still like it.
Large fuel tank/long range, comfy seats, good ride/handling, right size, attractive styling, easy to use and painless to drive.
Cars w/cloth seats can't have adjustable lumbar support, a satellite radio tuner, Bluetooth, fold-in mirrors, or fog lights (not even leather cars can get these). The cupholders are AWFUL, the trunk is dinky, and gas/electric transition is clunky sometimes.
Bought the car new in 2007 and have maintained all oil changes with 0-20w full synth. oil and drive mostly highway miles. Continuous driving on trips of 8 plus hours. Was amazed that the car was producing 40 miles to the gallon on the highway. These trips are on the west coast over mountains and super curved roads. So far the window sticker was right about the MPG except in the reverse. Better on the highway.
My family trades cars about every 2 years. This Altima is a KEEPER. Who would have thought you could get great mileage in a roomy car that doesn't look like a cheese wedge? We are averaging between 35 and 36 mpg. It would probably be higher except that I do stop and go driving. We feel so safe with the front & side airbags. Acceleration is quick and braking dependable. Beautiful lines, quality fit and finish.
Besides the fact that it handles like a dream and is gorgeous? I love the Bose sound system! And the seats get so snuggly warm on a cold day. Excellent visibility for both short people (me) and tall people (hubby). heated mirrors. Extendable visors and darkened upper windshield.
Windshield wiper leaves streak spot at my visibility level. Built in phone's voice recognition needs improvement with some words such as "phone book" and the number "two".
I traded a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4dr for the Altima Hybrid. The Civic got great MPG and drove well but the seat was just too uncomfortable. I wanted a 4 door with some comfort and about 35 MPG, When you look around there are not that many comfortable cars that get 35+. I hope that changes in the future. But for now the Altima Hybrid fits the bill. The car drives great, it is hard to keep out of the gas, the CVT and engine make this car feel like a V6, but if you drive it like that the mileage suffers. If you drive a little more reserved the car rewards with great mileage. The drivers seat is comfortable so far with 11,000 miles on it.
Traction Control, huge glove box, tilt and telescope wheel, sporty style, dual zone climate control
The instrument panel needs a redesign, too many confusing idiot lights. When you get in the cold car there is a blue light on the top of the gauge, it makes me think the high beams are on. There are too many idiot lights and not enough gauges. Add a tachometer, temp gauge and oil pressure.
I sold my high performance MBZ and became green about 16 months ago. Living on a hill impacts the gas miles I get but I average about 35 mpg on regular gas. The car comfortably seats 5 adults. The design is pleasing to the eye. I got the model without the technology package but has one electric seat and a few minor extras ($25K) minus the $2300 rebate. The Altima drives better than the Camry hybrid without the clunky shifting from electricity to gas. Since gas prices have doubled since buying the car it was definitely worth the extra dollars over the gas only Altima models.
Less gas and it runs on regular. The interior is very roomy.
Figure out how to position battery to get more trunk space. Offer leather seats without the high end package. The cloth seats seem to stain easily.