The Nissan Altima is one of the most popular cars in the United States, and for good reason. Since it first debuted in 1992, the Nissan Altima has grown to be one of the most sought after cars in the US because of its size, reliability, and practicality. Although it is popular, you’ll far from blend in with the crowd in this stylish and sleek mid-size sedan. The Altima is perfect for city or suburban driving, allowing you to maneuver freely in tight spaces and also command the open road. Packed with new safety features plus comfort and technology, the Nissan Altima is your go-to car for affordability without compromise. Its interior is spacious enough for 5 adult passengers, and with a legendary safety rating, you’ll be confident driving in any conditions. In the below, we’ll dig deeper into some key features of the Nissan Altima, and elaborate on why it could be the perfect car for your needs.
Let’s start by looking under the hood and at the vehicle’s engine and transmission.The Altima is a capable sedan with enough power to get you from point A to B comfortably. A standard 4 cylinder engine delivers 179 horsepower and thus 177 pounds per foot of torque. This translates to a perfectly sized, sensible engine that won’t break the bank in gas mileage. Nissan’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) eliminates inconsistent and abrupt gear shifting, resulting in a smoother driving experience and even better gas mileage. A Continuously Variable Transmission allows the car’s engine to operate within its optimal range, most notably resulting in improved gas mileage. The CVT also comes with overdrive capabilities, allowing you as the driver to turn off the overdrive feature in the event of necessary improved engine braking. The Nissan Altima is front-wheel drive, which is standard for cars in its class.
Having confidence in the safety of your vehicle is paramount, and ensuring that you and your passengers will be protected in the event of a collision or accident will give you peace of mind. The Nissan Altima has earned a perfect 5 star crash safety rating, and Nissan has heavily invested in its safety features across its entire vehicle lineup. The Altima comes equipped with a variety of safety features that will help prevent an accident, reduce the impact of a collision, and protect passengers from injury in the unfortunate event of an accident or collision. First, airbags throughout the front seat cabin area protect the driver and passenger from the impact of a collision, no matter what angle it comes from. Front mounted, side in-seat mounted, and roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags prevent bodily harm as much as possible. However, the best way to keep passengers safe is by preventing an accident or collision from occurring in the first place. The Altima’s variety of driver-assist options work independently and collectively to prevent and protect your vehicle and its occupants. Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is a stability system, which prevents under or over steering which would occur if there was a sudden obstacle in the roadway that caused you to swerve. The VDC slows the engine speed and applies brake pressure to appropriate individual wheels to help keep your car on the road. Traction Control is extremely beneficial for winter weather driving, and aids in your Altima’s ability to remain in control in slippery and snowy conditions. Also available in the Nissan Altima is Intelligent Cruise Control, which measures the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, and accelerates or decelerates to maintain a safe distance. Rear Cross Traffic Alert notifies the driver of an approaching vehicle from the right or left, while the car is in reverse with the intention of backing out of a parking space or driveway. Blind Spot Warning will help you change lines on a busy highway, alerting you of a vehicle that may be traveling in your blind spot. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning helps prevent a collision in front of your Altima by alerting you of sudden movement or deceleration of a vehicle that is two cars ahead of you - which gives you as the driver more time to prepare and brake if needed. In the event you do not have enough time to prepare or fail to apply brake pressure when a collision is anticipated, your Altima’s Automatic Emergency Braking system will engage and apply the brakes immediately before the collision, to help reduce the effects of the impact. As you can see, there are a variety of safety features available in the Nissan Altima that combined with safe driving, will help protect you and your vehicle from an accident or collision.
Almost as important as your peace of mind while driving is the overall physical comfort of you and your passengers. You’ll be pleased with the spacious cabin area in the Altima, with seating for 5, including a 3 point rear middle seat belt. Front leg room is up to 45 inches, while the rear seat provides up to 36.1 inches of leg room for your passengers. You get up to 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, and an optional sub-floor cargo organizer, which allows you to store smaller items below the trunk’s floor. Floor mats come standard, with a mat in the trunk area, and upper trim levels come with rubber sport mats, which are perfect for wet, salty, winter conditions. Your driver’s seat adjusts six ways, and in the upper trim level this seat adjusts all 6 ways mechanically. The rear seats split to fold, allowing you more cargo room if necessary. While the Altima’s seats come standard in cloth, you can upgrade your trim level to include leather upholstery, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. You’ll be pleased with this spacious and comfortable interior, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo.
For years, the Altima was not touched in terms of a general exterior appearance overhaul, and only underwent minor changes as new years and editions were introduced to the market. Nissan has kept along this line, and has stayed true to the “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” mentality, while keeping up with changing trends and improvements to design. The Altima’s overall appearance is sleek and sporty, and will command attention on any road. It’s available in a variety of bold colors like Glacier White, Deep Blue Pearl, and Scarlet Ember, and darker, commanding colors like Gun Metallic and Super Black. The Altima has undergone some subtle, yet noteworthy style changes in the last few years. The front end has a sleeker, more fierce look with hood contours that give the car a more angular shape, and while headlights sometimes go unnoticed, they add to the car’s overall style. The Altima’s headlights and fog lights were given a sleeker look to match the angular look of the car’s front end. Chrome inlays and other accents create a more impressive look. Sixteen inch wheels are standard, but upgrade your trim level and you’ll get 17 or 19 inch wheels, in either alloy or steel. In any conditions, the Altima will command attention as a polished, sporty sedan.
In car technology has improved leaps and bounds over the last few years, and Nissan has kept up with trends by consistently improving and changing interior convenience features across its lineup of vehicles. The Altima comes standard with a 5 inch infotainment center in the dashboard’s center column and six speakers, but mid and upper trim levels get a 7 inch touch screen infotainment center and 9 Bose Premium speakers throughout the cabin. With features like hands-free texting, voice commands, and a rear camera for backing up, your infotainment is your go-to for safety and convenient entertainment while behind the wheel. Connect your mobile device via USB port or go wireless with a Bluetooth connection, and play tunes directly from your phone or switch to Satellite Radio. A Navigation system is available in upper trim levels, and as your Altima is compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you can access your phone’s apps including navigation, right through your Altima’s touchscreen infotainment center.
When it comes to choosing a new car that is right for you, it is important to establish your needs and wants as a driver, and also take into consideration the needs and wants of your passengers. If ample passenger room is as important for you as practicality, budget, and gas mileage, the Nissan Altima may be for you. As you can see, the Nissan Altima is packed with performance, safety, and technology features that will keep you and your passengers happy and entertained from Point A to B. The dedicated team at Tim’s Truck Capital would be happy to help you find the right car for you, and we typically have a variety of inventory that will meet your needs. Give us a call today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members or schedule a test drive.
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