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.