Finding a Coupe is NOT easy. And you have limited choices on options/packages. I bought this car in 2017 and I kid you not, the original owner bought the BASE car and ADDED EVERY options. Seriously. Makes for a totally different car. I've only put 2000 miles on it so far but I have NO complaints like most folks on this site. And the styling? Totally sports car-like. Weird getting used to a car that doesn't have 3-4 gear transmission. It never "shifts" it just ... goes faster? I love it but I wouldn't buy the sedan. Boring.
My '13 Altima 2.5S Coupe provides everything I need in transportation. Quiet, comfortable and classically stylish around town or on long OTR trips. Recently had a guy say he noticed my Altima but then counted only 2 doors and saw the dramatic swept rear window styling and had to see it up close. Bought new August 2013 and have only had to change oil every 4k miles thus far. Bose sound rocks. Sunroof.
I bought this model 2 years ago, used, 2013 with 35,000 miles on it. I took it down to Florida twice from the north Midwest and so far I haven't had any issues with the car. I just do normal maintenance at my local Nissan dealer and they make sure the car gets done everything that needs. So far I just have changed my brakes and flush my fluid brake system. No problems with the engine, transmission or electronic system. So far I love my car, I only wish that I could get the 3.5 instead of the 2.5, also the 3.5s come with the sunroof, which I love but besides that I love my car.
SL Technology Package ($1,090 -- includes 7-inch color display Nissan navigation system with turn-by-turn navigation integration into Advanced Drive-Assist display,steering wheel navigation controls, Blind Spot Warning [BSW], Moving Object Detection [MOD], Lane Departure Warning [LDW], NavTraffic and NavWeather, Google Local Search and Google Send-to-Car); Rear Spoiler ($395); Splash Guards ($145); Floor Mats ($130).
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
270 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
258 @ 4,400
Pulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter and column-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Was difficult to match the original ESC-on run. The extra wheelspin with traction control turned off seemed to freak the system out, causing it to hesitate slightly at 3,200 rpm. But this Altima is quick, with an instant surge of power off the line, then almost immediately pegging the tach at 6,800 rpm. The normal Drive transmission mode proved quicker than D Sport or Manual. "Manual" shifting is via steering-column-mounted paddles.
Firm pedal with short travel. Not too much nosedive and only a tiny bit of side-to-side squirm. Distances got a bit longer throughout. First stop was 115 feet. Shortest was second stop at 114 feet. Longest was 7th (and final) stop at 123 feet.
Skid pad: Very willing to alter line with drop-throttle, which was entertaining. It felt like the Active Understeer Control was cutting in during ESC-on runs, braking the inside front wheel. The throttle was also cut slightly with ESC on, but right foot control was still required, as the amount of intervention wasn't overly intrusive. Slalom: Responsive steering with good feedback. Well-damped suspension, decent grip from the tires. Ran the CVT in "3rd gear" in Manual mode, which was nice to have the ability to hold the rpm at a certain level. ESC cannot be fully defeated, but its limits in "off" mode are pretty high and was only really a factor when powering out at slalom exit.