This car is not very fun to drive, as it is a 4 cylinder with a CVT transmission. Having said that, the manual shifter, steering feel and comfort, make it a very appealing choice.
If you don't care about the fun, and want a comfy, reliable, good looking, long lasting family sedan, look no further. The accord don't measure up, the camry of the malibu neither. This car drives great, is very quiet inside, the Bose sound I got on this trim is absolute marvelous, the bluetooth works great, is good on gas (22.5 city, 34 hwy), and overall, you can't go wrong with it at all.
Is a veeeeery smooth drive, very smooth.
Bose sound is the best of the best (try it), very smooth and quiet ride (great for highways), good on gas, lots of space, comfy front seats, ipod integration via usb is great
CVT transmission is interesting; test drive it for a while to make sure you like it, Bluetooth streaming audio would be nice. Other than that, is a great car
Solid car so far. Purchased it on 12/31/11 and have put a little over 2000 miles on it. Averaging 26 mpg combined driving and a respectable 32 mpg on highway. As previous owner noted, it is simply styled on the inside (mine came without a radio) but very functional with good quality materials and comfortable seats. This is my first Altima. I'm trying it based on the super great performance and reliability of my Nissan King cab pickup (1987 model) I owned for over 10 years and 225,000 miles. We like what we have seen so far from the Altima.
Performance, Styling, Comfort, Good Mpg and future reliability ratings. We were also happy that it scored well on safety ratings.
Took a while to get used to push button starting. We now enjoy that feature. No real problem areas noted at this point. I will post more later.
I bought my new car ~ 2 months ago. Since the beginning it made a loud "grinding" engine noise. I think it sounds like a loud diesel car. Took it to the dealer and they could not find anything "unusual". You could hear it over the radio, which is not very good.
This car is noisier than the Civic 2001 it replaced!
On gas milegae, I was looking forward to getting at least 30. No such luck. With the car brand new it gave me 27 and now it is down to 25.
It does not have a USB port, which comes standard with cheaper cars.
In short, not the new car experience I was hoping for. Do yourself a favor. DO NOT BUY AN ALTIMA. There are plenty of good cars out there. Many are priced lower than this
get rid of the loud noise. Please someone from NISSAN read these reviews.