Having owned 2 older Altimas I'm disappointed with my new 09 Altima 2.5S 6 speed manual. The engine sounds horrible when cold. Acceleration is not good when trying to merge onto the highway but its ok around town. The cheap plastic door panels vibrate way too much when playing the music loud (very annoying). There is too much wind noise. The drivers seat is not comfortable. I hate the handling. The cheap tires and soft suspension makes the car floaty and unstable. On the highway the car is all over the place especially on windy days. Ironically it corners fairly well. On the good side, the ride is nice, it has plenty of room, it looks good and it gets great fuel economy.
Car looks good and is fun to drive around. Had to get a recall taken care of before first oil change! Manual shifting can be fun. CVT seems smoother after first oil change. CVT seemed to be revving high sometimes. Heater takes too much time to shoot hot air out. Blows cold air and the auto feature stays on lowest fan setting until the heat kicks in. Also it always blows at your feet when on auto and the A/C is always on with auto. There is a leak with back tail light. Nissan ordered the part and it took a while to come in.
Car looks great. Comfortable. Pricing isn't bad. key fob is cool and convenient. downshifting when going downhill is nice. Bose radio is decent. Instrument panel is designed nicely and easy to use.
Steering could be improved. Pulls on slight long turns. CVT trans should be smoother and not rev so high at times. CAr has loud wind noise with windows down. superloud. Water drips into car when windows are down and driving up hill if water on roof. Heater takes too much time to kick in!
2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I currently have about 2k miles on the car. The Car handles excellent on the highway and in the city. It took a little while to get used to the brakes and the acceleration of the CVT. I recently drove in the snow storm of 2009. I had no problem keeping up with the snow plows. Handles great in rain, snow and icy roads.
Gas mileage, CVT engine, Keyless remote. Push button start. Fun to drive and great looking. Great pickup for a 4cyl.
Improve Interior squeaks and rattles, Improve sound reduction. Seats need more thigh/lumbar support.Traction control should be standard. Replacement key should be less than $300. Work on highway wind noise reduction.
2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Traded in a '99 Avalon Toyota. Car is low to ground like Avalon '99. Engine noise is too loud, sluggish take off. Just not a car for me. I never drive his car, no desire to. Exterior is pretty, but I'd rather have a Camry. It is higher of ground and seats need to be automatic. I haven't found a comfortable position in front seat yet, driver or passenger. I refuse to take a trip in car.
The keyless entry and start are wonderful, the exterior is stylish, but too low to ground for me.
2009 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I've got about 10000 on the clock now. Car still drives like a champ. Mileage pretty much the same as when purchased, @ 20-22mpg combined 20 miles roundtrip daily depending on foot. Noise in engine compartment is ABS automatic and occurs on all Lexus and Nissan V6's, some more audible than others. Sadly, the rattle in the back was never solved after repeated trips. Strangely, it goes away when a passenger sits on side of the back seat, may try and lcoate rattle myself at some point. No major disappointments yet.
Power and handling are exceptional. Still brings a smile to my face and a frown to the wife's.
After reading other reviews, build quality should still be addressed and techs better trained to identify loose or ill-installed equipment.