Used 2008 Nissan Altima

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2008 Nissan Altima

Pros

  • Strong engine performance, smooth and responsive continuously variable transmission (CVT), quick steering, good-looking cabin with quality materials, coupe's sporty styling.

Cons

  • Stability control not available on four-cylinder models, mediocre backseat comfort, Nissan's annoying structure of options packages.

Used 2008 Nissan Altima for Sale

Nissan Altima 2008
142,448 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
WBM of Arlington
23.3 mi away
List$4,495
Est.Loan: $92/mo
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Nissan Altima 2008 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
89,218 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
3.5 SE
(5)
Fitzgerald Chevrolet
26.8 mi away
List$8,044
Est.Loan: $165/mo
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$422 Below Market
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"Altima 2008 CVT with Xtronic 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V
Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
105,415 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
Frederick Auto House
27.8 mi away
List$5,490
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
104,093 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(1)
Star Cars
47.3 mi away
List$5,999
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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$165 Below Market
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Low Miles, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels
Nissan Altima 2008 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
150,548 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
3.5 SE
Buchanan Buick Chevrolet GMC
49.4 mi away
List$5,888
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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This 2008 Altima might be the one for you! It has a 3.5 liter 6 Cylinder engine. We've got it for $5,888. Come see us today and see this one in person! Contact Information: Buchanan Automotive, 1035 E Main St, Waynesboro, PA, 17268, Phone: (717) 762-3141, E-mail: chevy@buchananisbetter.com. Our Guaranteed Credit approval is backed by a check for $100.00 if you don't ride home in your next vehicle or take your written approval with payments and terms home to review we will cut you a check! Many Certified Pre Owned, commission free
Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
76,784 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
Aero Motors
56.8 mi away
List$7,980
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Agile and sleek, our 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Sedan is proudly presented in stunning satin white pearl! Powered by 2.5 Liter 4 Cylinder that generates 175hp with its seamless CVT for easy passing. This sedan is comfortable to drive, offering responsive handling, brisk acceleration, and near 32mpg on the highway.Examine our photos of this Altima 2.5 S and picture yourself behind the wheel. Settle into plush cloth seats that keep you supported whether you're on a long commute or a short trip to the grocery store. The air conditioning will keep the cabin at your ideal temperature while the sound system will keep you listening to the music that inspires you thanks to the AMFM radio and CD player. Everything you need is right here for a comfortable, confident ride you'll look forward to every day.When you get behind the wheel of this gorgeous Nissan, you won't need to worry about safety. Optimized crumple zones, energy-absorbing bumpers, LATCH, and an army of airbags will ensure the security of all those inside. Spacious, reliable, efficient, and ready to serve you well, this Altima is a must-see! Print this page and call us Now... We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership!
Nissan Altima 2008 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
118,264 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
3.5 SL
Universal Auto Sales
62.1 mi away
List$4,995
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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2008 NISSAN ALTIMA SL 3.5 LITER 119K MILES POWER WINDOWS POWER DOOR LOCKS POWER STEERING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION LOOKS RUNS AND DRIVES EXCELLENT! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~90 DAY POWER TRAIN WARRANTY INCLUDED~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(8)
Ellas Auto Outlet Inc
62.4 mi away
List$5,496
Est.Loan: $113/mo
$151 Below Market
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WARRANTY......PRICE BELOW KBB VALUE.....ASK FOR MILITARY SPECIAL.....WE BUY CARS....BRING IN YOUR CAR FOR AN APPRAISAL.....RARE COLOR......EXCELLENT SHAPE....BLUE   exterior and BLACK   interior .Features include............6 disk cd changer...power seats....heated seats......power window power doorlock keyless entry alarm AC Heat ready to go price includes 6 month6000 mile warranty please give us a call at 703-629-9371 or  540-582-8151
Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
142,487 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5
(1)
Umansky Honda
83.5 mi away
List$4,894
Est.Loan: $100/mo
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
145,328 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(5)
Free Bridge Auto Sales
86.4 mi away
List$7,495
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
116,024 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(1)
Faulkner Volkswagen Of Mechanicsburg
86.8 mi away
List$6,500
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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2.5 S trim. Very Nice. Consumer Guide Recommended Car, Keyless Start, CD Player, newCarTestDrive.com's review says Fun to drive., Non-Smoker vehicle. 5 Star Driver Front Crash Rating. CLICK ME!KEY FEATURES INCLUDECD Player, Keyless Start. Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Child Safety Locks, Bucket Seats, 4-Wheel ABS. Nissan 2.5 S with Dark Slate Metallic exterior and Charcoal interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 170 HP at 5600 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle.VEHICLE REVIEWSConsumer Guide Recommended Car. 5 Star Driver Front Crash Rating. 5 Star Passenger Front Crash Rating. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $21,000*.VISIT US TODAYWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 11132018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Nissan Altima 2008 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
70,621 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
3.5 SE
(26)
West Broad Honda
98.4 mi away
List$8,988
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
91,519 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(2)
Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis
54.1 mi away
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(1)
Parsons automotive East
57.2 mi away
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
137,353 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(2)
Faulkner Toyota of Harrisburg
91.3 mi away
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
134,510 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(8)
Pearson Mazda
96.3 mi away
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Nissan Altima 2008
81,714 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
Frederick Auto House
27.8 mi away
List$5,990
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Nissan Altima 2008 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
109,551 miles
Used 2008
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(8)
Ellas Auto Outlet Inc
62.4 mi away
List$5,496
Est.Loan: $113/mo
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$151 Below Market
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WARRANTY++PRICED BELOW KBB VALUE--We are 2016 VIADA QUALITY DEALER RECIPIENT--WE STAND BEHIND OUR PRODUCT AND SERVICES WITH A 6 MONTH6000 MILE WARRANTY ON ALL VEHICLES--STYLISH DESIGN COMFORTABLE RIDE AND MULTIPLE LUXURY FEATURES SUCH AS KEYLESS START LEATHER SEATS HEATED SEATS AND MULTIPLE TECH FEAUTURES--CARBON FIBER WRAPPED HOOD PREMIUM BOSE SURROUNG SOUND SYSTEM AND  BLACK WHEELS MAKE THIS CAR VERY DESIRABLE--GRAY exterior and BLACK Leather interior .Features include:-- 2.5L DOHC I4 engine--Vehicle speed sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering--UV reducing glass wdark upper windshield band--Vehicle security system--Energy absorbing steering column--power seats--CD player--power sunroof--power window--power doorlock--keyless entry--alarm--AC--Heat--ready to go price includes 6 month6000 mile warranty please give us a call at 703-629-9371 or 540-582-8151

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to its dashing style, entertaining driving dynamics and welcoming interior, the 2008 Nissan Altima is one of our top picks for a sporting family sedan or midsize coupe.

vehicle overview

Ever since its 2002 revival, the Nissan Altima has been a very popular choice for consumers interested in a sport-oriented family sedan. In particular, the previous-generation car was known for its athletic handling and performance. Unfortunately, it was also known for its low-buck interior and excessive road noise.

When Nissan redesigned the Altima sedan last year, it focused on keeping the car's sporting credentials intact while simultaneously addressing its faults. The new Altima's significant dynamic and interior improvements contributed to a powerful five-seater that provided plenty of comfort and driving excitement for those looking for a lot more than basic transportation.

The 2008 Nissan Altima adds to this pedigree with an all-new coupe model. More than just a regular Altima with a pair of doors lopped off, it's very close to being a junior Infiniti G37, in both appearance and performance. The two-door features unique body panels (it shares only the hood), a shorter wheelbase and overall length, and a revised suspension for even sportier handling.

Both the coupe and sedan come with a long list of available luxury and technology features, but they are put into large, expensive packages that often must be lumped together with other packages. For example, if you want satellite radio on a 2.5 S Sedan, you must spend $1,200 for the Connection Package, which then must be ordered with the $500 CVT, the $3,850 2.5 SL package and $300 antilock brakes. The Technology Package on the 3.5 SE is $6,400. If you want to keep the price low, we'd normally suggest going light on options, but unfortunately, Nissan makes it just about impossible to do this. It's like going to a salad bar and being offered a choice of either dry lettuce or a 4-gallon bucket of Ranch.

Although its options pricing is a little shady, the 2008 Nissan Altima is now an even more versatile (and attractive) choice in the always competitive midsize segment. The Altima coupe competes closest with the new 2008 Honda Accord coupe. Both vehicles providing a compelling mix of sport and practicality that other midsize coupes don't come close to matching. Meanwhile, the Altima sedan continues to be a very desirable midsize family car, especially for those who want one with a good amount of sporting potential. Either body style should be near the top of a shopping list.

2008 Nissan Altima configurations

The 2008 Nissan Altima is available as a midsize sedan or coupe. The sedan is available in four trims, with the number indicating its engine: base 2.5 (by customer order only), 2.5 S, 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL. The base 2.5 comes with 16-inch wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry/starting, cruise control, a split/folding rear seat and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The 2.5 S adds air-conditioning, a CD player and MP3 input jack, a trip computer and intermittent wipers.

The sporty 3.5 SE comes with a sport-tuned suspension with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, power-folding side-view mirrors with integral turn signals, a power driver seat, wood-tone accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The 3.5 SL goes the full luxury route with leather seating, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 16-inch alloy wheels, xenon HID headlights and a Bose audio system with CD changer and a choice of satellite radio providers.

The Altima coupe comes in only 2.5 S and 3.5 SE trim levels that are consistent with the sedan version. However, all coupes come with antilock brakes and sport seats with more aggressive bolstering.

The Premium Package on the coupe models and the 3.5 SE Sedan (it's known as the SL package on the 2.5 Sedan) includes essentially all the additional features of the 3.5 SL Sedan. Available on all but the base Altima sedan is the Technology Package that bundles a navigation system with real-time traffic and a rearview monitor, but it must be ordered with the Premium Package for an eye-bugging total of $6,400.

2008 Highlights

An all-new coupe model joins the 2008 Nissan Altima lineup. It features the same set of powerful engines and impressive transmissions but offers unique exterior styling, sportier suspension tuning and slightly smaller proportions.

Performance & mpg

The Nissan Altima is powered by either a 2.5-liter inline-4 with 175 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque (on the 2.5 trims) or a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 hp and 258 lb-ft (on the 3.5 trims). All but the 3.5 SL Sedan come with a six-speed manual transmission, while a CVT is standard on that trim and optional on all others except the base sedan.

The four-cylinder engine provides enough giddy-up for most buyers ¯ zero to 60 mph is achieved in the mid-7-second range. In our tests, a 3.5 SE sedan with the CVT ran to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, while a six-speed manual coupe we tested did it in 6.2 seconds. Fuel economy is impressive considering the car's power; four-cylinder/CVT sedans have a 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway rating. Nissan Altimas with the V6/CVT combination have an average rating of 19/27. Manual transmission fuel economy is virtually identical.

Safety

Front-seat side airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags are standard on every 2008 Nissan Altima. Antilock brakes are standard on the 3.5 sedan trims and all coupes, and optional on the 2.5 S sedan. Only the 3.5 trims are eligible for traction control (it's standard) and stability control (optional). In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Altima sedan received a top five-star rating for its protection of occupants in frontal and side impacts.

Driving

With its sporty suspension tuning (especially in coupe and 3.5 SE sedan guise) and quick steering, the 2008 Nissan Altima provides enthusiasts with one of the most enjoyable midsize coupes and family sedans available. Ride quality is still comfortable throughout the line, and road and wind noise are subdued.

Strong performance from the V6 models should more than satisfy those who like a kick in the pants when they boot the gas, and the four-cylinder provides perfectly adequate acceleration. A six-speed manual is standard, but its clutch engagement is abrupt and its shifter feels unsubstantial and moves through its gates with all the precision of a $10 Folex watch. We don't make this recommendation often, but we'd opt for the continuously variable transmission instead. Easily the best we've come across, this CVT does an excellent job of maximizing each engine's power, while responding rapidly to throttle inputs.

Braking is the one area in which the Altima could be deemed mediocre. Pedal feel is progressive, but during instrumented testing, we've measured stops from 60 mph in the 126-134–foot range, which is only average for this class.

Interior

The 2008 Nissan Altima sedan and coupe feature a quiet, handsome interior constructed of quality materials. The coupe differs from the sedan by having a hand-operated emergency brake for all trim levels (CVT-equipped sedans come with a foot brake) and more aggressively bolstered front seats. Taller drivers will find the coupe a little tight on headroom, though. In addition, the coupe's shrunken proportions take a significant toll on the backseat's head and leg space, though it still offers seatbelts for three and the flat bench makes car-seat installation possible in a pinch. The front seats in both the sedan and coupe are excellent, offering a vast range of adjustment ¯ particularly in models with power seats ¯ and a good mix of comfort and support.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Nissan Altima.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Most reliable car with great mpg
brianarm,10/12/2011
I bought my altima new for under 20K. I now have 50K miles on it and have had only 1 issue. The bolt holding the alternator broke, the fix cost me $75 because the threads were stripped. I am still on my original tires though I do need to replace the fronts now. I calculate actual gas mileage myself and average 28 mpg in mainly city driving. So I go about 560 miles between fill ups (sweet). Car is plenty quick enough and was a lot faster than accord or camry (which I test drove). CVT is smooth and zero probs. I'm also 6'1 and have no problem with headroom or entry exit of vehicle. There's a reason this car is such a great seller, it's an auto mechanics enemy.....
Altima CVT Transmission Problems
Oblique,07/23/2010
Ironically what attracted me to the Altima besides its styling was the CVT (Continuously Varible Transmission) which is a new style automatic with a belt inside instead of gears. It is smooth but not reliable or durable. After just 55,000 miles the transmission began to act up on warmer days especially in stop and go traffic. The dealer just said, "oh that can't happen. They reset the check engine light and charged me to replace the fluid (60K service) and the very next week it got worse, check engine light on all the time. They spent 5 hours telling me a new transmission would be covered under the extended warranty. I am trading this troubled CVT Altima in on a HONDA Accord! CYA, CVT!
Nissan Altima...SMH
soa,06/21/2011
My 2008 Nissan Altima has been out of commission for a month! At first I thought I needed new spark plugs, but found out that one of the cylinders needed to be replaced. Mind you if only has 67k miles on it. Took it to the dealership and they could figure out what was wrong with the engine and wanted to replace it. I've been back and forth with them for a month now and I'm tired as heck! I found out that other consumers have been having the same engine issues and there is a class action suit building in California. Honestly, I think the consumers need to all get together and sue the pants off of them for not correcting this problem. Lest we forget Toyota ? I'm not trying to be a causalty!!!!
Great performance but terrible comfort
Chris,05/16/2016
My 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5s has a great engine and transmission compared to the Hondas, Hyundais and even Chevrolets that I have owned. Nissan really has it down when it comes to their drive trains but I have never had front seats on any vehicle that I have ever owned, including my 1956 Chevrolet pickup, that were as uncomfortable as my Altima seats are. After less than one hour of driving my rear end is more sore than it would be if I was riding my mountain bike. The seats look good but they are so stiff and lack any kind of suspension what-so-ever. I haven't tried fixing it yet but I think that I am going to try changing the foam cushioning in the seat bottom and see how it affects my bottom. The window controls on the driver's side are also poorly positioned. They are so far back on the door that I can't reach them without contorting my left arm to a crazy vertical position. I've found it easier to reach across my body with my right arm to hit the switches. The controls were ergonomically positioned for someone with very short arms. Besides the uncomfortable front seats and the placement of the window controls I really like the car. I get about 28 mpg around town and 37 mpg on the highway, it has great brakes and handles good for a midsize sedan. I would recommend the purchase of an Altima except for the granite front seats and the position of the window controls.
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Features & Specs

MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
175 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
270 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
270 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
175 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

More about the 2008 Nissan Altima
More About This Model

Conventional prejudice says you can't put a transverse V6 in a big front-drive car and call it a sport coupe. But after 600 miles with the 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Coupe, we're going to rise above our car-geek heritage and do just that.

Of course we're speaking of passion, not precision. This is still a 183-inch-long, 71-inch-wide, 3,290-pound car with 67 percent of its weight riding over the front wheels. Said wheels are wrapped in unassuming 215/55R17 Bridgestone Turanza tires.

But there's a vitality to the Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Coupe that defies clinical assessment. It likes going around corners. Its VQ-Series V6 likes being matched up with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Even if the Altima coupe isn't dynamically perfect, we like driving it.

Minus Two Doors, Plus One Mustache
Nissan's starting point here has been the Altima sedan, already an athlete among family-friendly sedans. Instead of dropping a coupe body onto a sedan chassis and installing a set of really long doors, Nissan lopped 4 inches off the sedan's wheelbase (now 105.3 inches) and designed a fresh set of body panels.

With its 3-inch drop in stature and fastback roof line, the Altima coupe draws immediate comparisons to Infiniti's G37 coupe. From the back, it looks a bit too much like the innocuous Pontiac G6, but wheel around front and there's a wisp of a chrome mustache to reassure you this car has the evil, funhouse flavor of the Altima.

We Choose Torque
As usual, there are degrees of evil. Not so threatening is the 2.5 S Coupe, which is motivated by a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and priced around $21,000. Nissan says this car will account for 60 percent of Altima coupe sales.

We're speaking here to the other 40 percent, however; the fiends who will spend upward of $26,000 on the Altima 3.5 SE Coupe. It has a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 270 hp at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Although a six-speed manual is available, most 3.5 SE Coupes will be sold with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with which our test car has been equipped. Most will also have the $3,200 Premium Package — good for xenon headlights, leather upholstery, Bose sound and automatic climate control.

Our test car did without the premium luxuries. Antilock disc brakes and all the expected airbags were on board, but stability control costs $600 extra.

Quick by Numbers, Quicker by Feel
The lack of amenities went largely unnoticed, as the Nissan Altima coupe has other ways of making its driver feel energized.

It's not with overpowering speed, though. A 0-60-mph time in the 6.0-second range and a quarter-mile time just under 15.0 seconds no longer make anyone feel entirely special, not even in the sensible coupe class. Our CVT-equipped coupe ran to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, then laid down a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds, a couple tenths quicker than the Altima sedan.

Nevertheless, it hasn't any edge over the Pontiac G6 GTP coupe, which gets to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and does the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds. Of course, the Altima CVT coupe is a smidge faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT with a manual transmission, which takes 6.6 seconds to get to 60 mph and then does the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds.

But away from the test track, you'll be convinced this is a fast car. Partly it's the sweet power delivery of the VQ V6, which offers just the right balance of smoothness and personality in this grand-touring application.

Get With the CVT Program
Mostly, though, the Altima coupe's lively performance comes from the CVT, which makes good on the promise that a CVT is better than a regular automatic transmission. Instead of playing telephone with your right foot, sending a message to the engine through hydraulic fluid whirling around a torque convertor, the CVT responds immediately to changes in throttle input. So when the engine rpm soar, it's because you will it.

During instrumented testing, it made no difference in the numbers whether we left the CVT in Drive or used the manual mode. But on your favorite back road, there's good reason to call up a manual "downshift." Pull the central gearlever back as you're coming into a tight turn and you gain access to a usefully lower range of available gear ratios.

So enjoyable is the CVT that even hard-core drivers will prefer it to this car's manual gearbox. You see, apart from the pleasures of post-redline upshifts and heel-and-toe downshifts, the six-speed is a weak effort. The clutch engagement is abrupt and the shift lever feels limp through the gates.

The CVT also delivered pretty good fuel economy. The CVT coupe achieved 34 mpg on a pure highway run, although only half that during a workout on the two-lane — averaging out to 20 mpg. During the brief 200-miles time we had our hands on the coupe with a manual transmission, it returned 18 mpg.

Coupe in the Balance
Handling is another area in which the 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Coupe reaches out to its driver. Its 66.8-mph slalom performance and 0.81g grip on the skid pad are no better than the sedan's, but there's a psychological component to the coupe's compressed dimensions and slightly lower curb weight. Maybe it's just us, but the two-door feels hungrier on a curvy road.

And compared to the understeer-prone Eclipse and unresponsive G6, Nissan's new coupe borders on the ravenous when it comes to eating up the road. It's also much quicker through the cones on its skimpy 55-series 17-inch tires than either rival is on low-profile 18-inchers. The Altima has the edge in steering feel as well.

The Altima's braking capability is only average, though. A 127-foot stop from 60 mph brings it to a halt 10 feet shorter than the Pontiac, but still not up to the Mitsu's 124-foot performance. The Altima's brake pedal travel is short and there's lots of initial bite from the brake pads, but the tires just aren't up to it.

Because of the Altima coupe's shorter wheelbase, you feel the impact from highway expansion joints more sharply than in the sedan, so you'd better have a tighter grip on hot, splashy beverages. Overall, though, the coupe's ride quality is agreeable.

Functional Cockpit, Funky Seats
Just as in the sedan, the cabin of the 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe has a vaguely industrial ambience, although it features simple, well-organized controls. The soft-touch plastic that trims the dash feels rubbery to the touch, and the action of the various dials feels grainy and unpleasant.

The coupe has less headroom than the sedan, of course, and the front seats now have considerable lateral bolsters to hold you around corners. Rush-hour comfort is debatable, though, as the driver seat combines a slightly odd overall shape with firm cushions.

The coupe's trunk space is minimal at just 7.4 cubic feet, but it's a useful space with a wide opening and the 60/40-split rear seats fold completely flat, providing a cargo area large enough to bring home an awful lot of dry-cleaning plus some groceries, too.

Best of the Front-Drive Coupes
When you set out to buy a midsize front-wheel-drive coupe, you have to be willing to make some tough choices. If you've got a specific craving for a more decadent rear-drive car like the Ford Mustang GT or Mazda RX-8, you shouldn't ask an Altima coupe to satisfy it.

But if you're willing to admit that ride comfort, fuel economy and interior spaciousness are important, then the 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe is one of the best options out there. Among the current population of V6 front-drive coupes, the 3.5 SE is by far the best drive.

Second Opinion

Executive Editor Michael Jordan says:
This car looks pretty good, doesn't it? It seemed kind of spindly at the introduction during the 2006 L.A. Auto Show last fall, but now this seems to be a surprisingly grown-up shape, muscular and expressive.

Yet the curse of Nissan lives on in this car's interior, as it's relentlessly crummy. Bad color values, ugly plastic, weak architecture. Of course the irony here is that the coupe configuration always seats you pretty low in the car, and as a consequence you're looking all that bad plastic right in the face every second. Do yourself a favor and order leather upholstery.

You'd think manufacturers would have learned from the Scion tC. Although the tC is pretty wispy as a car, a piece so poor in specification that it might as well be from Malaysia, it makes you feel good because the exterior paint shimmers with a mirror finish, while the interior furnishings seem both durable and fashionable. The Altima coupe needs some interior style to accompany its sophisticated sheet metal.

Although I've always liked the way the Altima drives (the new sedan with CVT is one of the best cars in America), the coupe didn't offer much pleasure on the road. As you'd expect in a coupe, the driving position is low and set to the rear, but the placement of the controls is designed for an upright sedan with a high seating position. Also, the Altima coupe just doesn't have its feet underneath it when you try to go quickly, as torque reaction from drivetrain and imbalances caused by shifting/throttle/braking inputs are accentuated by a squishy suspension, so everything feels as if it's working at cross-purposes.

What this car likes is cruising along the highway at about 80 mph, where V6's broad power band and the CVT makes it a terrific piece for slicing through traffic.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

Used 2008 Nissan Altima Overview

The Used 2008 Nissan Altima is offered in the following submodels: Altima Sedan, Altima Coupe. Available styles include 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl 6M), 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M), and 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 6M).

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Should I lease or buy a 2008 Nissan Altima?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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