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1997 Nissan Altima Sedan

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Nissan Altima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Nissan Altima

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Luxurious, sporty, and well-constructed, the Nissan Altima is the perfect car for those who want an Infiniti, but are stuck with a Nissan budget.

  • Cons

    It will never happen, but we would still like to see a V-6 engine offered in the Altima.

  • What's New for 1997

    The 1997 models are virtually identical to 1996 models, except for the addition of new emissions equipment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (3 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Terrible car

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan

Bought this car at 60k. Repaired this car every year since then for average more than $1k a year. Replaced a lot of parts. Made a big mistake trying to keep this car. At only 131k milage, engine died. Terrible car. Avoid Nissan at any cost.




Life saver

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan

After having relatively good luck with my Nissan, a 17 year old in a Saturn put a hault to it's life. She pulled directly into my path and I broadsided her going 40mph...her Saturn was obliterated but my Altima held up quite well. The airbag deployed, and there was a signifigant amount of damage, but nothing that injured me...I truely believe that this car saved my life.




Altimax

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan

Bought Champagne GLE on a whim after Honda dealer jerked me around buying my 3rd Honda. Never drove a Nissan before, and Altima seemed like a big step up from Civic EX. Mfg was paying Mass excise tax for life of lease, that was swaying factor. Car itself, while comfy, wasn't much fun to drive, and economy was dreadful. Too small an engine dragging around a porker. Dealer brochure showed a 97 with auto climate control and CD, ended up with a decontented 97.5 with manual A/C and no CD.



Full 1997 Nissan Altima Review

What's New for 1997

The 1997 models are virtually identical to 1996 models, except for the addition of new emissions equipment.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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