2010 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Nissan Altima - Road Test Specs

2010 Nissan Altima Sedan

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2010
Style3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$25,240
Options on test vehiclePremium Package ($2,380 -- includes leather upholstery and trim, driver power lumbar, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Bose audio, XM Satellite Radio, iPod/USB port, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear air vents); Sport Package ($2,370 -- includes rear spoiler, foglights, xenon headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, sunroof); Technology Package ($1,780 -- includes navigation system, Bluetooth streaming audio, DVD player, VTR jack); Floor and Trunk Mat Set ($175).
As-tested MSRP$31,945


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498cc (213 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 4,400
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)N/A


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.2:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelTuranza EL 400
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP215/55R17 V
Tire size, rearP215/55R17 V
Wheel size17-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)6.8
0-75 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8@97.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.9
@ Full throttle (dB)74.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDoesn't roast tires like previous Altimas with conventional automatics, so launches are consistent. CVT ramps up to 6,250 rpm by 50 mph and maintains throughout quarter-mile. Power seems to come on at 4,000 rpm. No torque steer at full throttle. Using Manual mode inserts artificial "shifts" and makes acceleration runs slower.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsNoisy tires and steep jump-in from pedal. Faded only slightly in distance, though, and pedal remained firm. Lots of odor by last stop.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsSkid pad: Understeers on the limit but can be coaxed back online by breathing off the throttle -- which is exactly what stability control does when on. Steering gets rather heavy. Slalom: Nicely tuned front-drive manners, meaning you can use throttle to adjust yaw (i.e., stab it on the straight bits and lift for rotation). Steering is responsive but heavy. ESP on is very intrusive with front brake applications.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)66.5
Wind (mph, direction)2.75 C

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/27 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,357
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,412
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62.1
Length (in.)190.7
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)60.9
Track, rear (in.)60.8
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)44.1
Legroom, rear (in.)35.8
Headroom, front (in.)40.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.5
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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