2008 Nissan Altima Coupe Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Nissan Altima - Road Test Specs

2008 Nissan Altima Coupe

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2008
ModelAltima Coupe
Base MSRP$26,015
As-tested MSRP$26,115


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3500cc (214 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 lb-ft @ 4,400
Transmission typeContinuously variable


Suspension, frontStruts w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearMultilink w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelTuranza EL400
Tire typeall season
Tire size, front215/55R17
Tire size, rear215/55R17
Wheel size17 X 7.5
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontVented front/solid rear disc w/ ABS, EBD, BA
Brakes, reardisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph (sec.)8.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 96.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)38.7
@ Full throttle (dB)76
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAcceleration performance is essentially the same regardless of whether you leave the CVT in "D" or use the manual mode. Manual shifting does nothing except occupy the right hand. Otherwise, the bizarre shiftless CVT performance seems to work here.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsHigh pedal effectiveness with very little travel results in touchiness. But once you've adjusted, this setup is OK. The Altima coupe exhibited a consistent, solid pedal throughout our braking runs.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: The Altima coupe is not adjustable but still feels sporty with little body roll and excellent steering weight, feel and response. Slalom: The Altima is very stable through transitions. It's quicker accelerating through the slalom than using neutral throttle.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)73
Wind (mph, direction)3

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)N/A City N/A Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3290
Length (in.)182.5
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)55.3
Wheelbase (in.)105.3
Track, front (in.)60.7
Track, rear (in.)60.4
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)37.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.2 (39.7 without sunroof)
Headroom, rear (in.)34.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)7.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot applicable
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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