Nissan Altima is a mid-size car which is a reboot version of Nissan's own Bluebird. The first generation of this sedan was launched in the year 1992 and the fifth generation hit the auto market in year 2013. Over the 2 decades of its existence in market, this sedan never failed to impress its buyers. The popularity of this drive can be imagined by its sales numbers which made it the numero uno selling model of Nissan over all these years. This fun to drive vehicle has got good safety features, efficient engines and comfortable features packed within which are desired for any family ride. In Philippines, this sedan is available with a choice of 2 engines with same technology but different capacity. Both the engines are decently efficient in terms of power, mileage and acceleration.
Engine, Mileage and Variants
Nissan Altima is offered with a choice of 2 engines– 2.5-Litre and 3.5-litre in Philippines. The 2.5-litre 4-inline cylinders DOHC engine knocks out a maximum power output measuring 180 PS at 6000 rpm along with a maximum torque measuring 243 Nm at 4000 rpm. The bigger sibling, 3.5-litre engine of this vehicle delivers a peak power clocking to 270 PS at 6400 rpm along with a peak torque counting to 340 Nm at 4400 rpm. Coupled with CVT, the 2.5-litre engine triggers from halt to 100 kmph in 8.0 seconds with a top speed of 220 kmph. This engine is decently efficient when it comes to fuel efficiency which can be calculated with its consumption of 6.3-litre/100 km on an average on combined driveways.
Altima has a graceful and elegant styling which can impress its onlookers at the very first sight. The overall swift appearance with well crafted lines gives it a premium look. At its front, there is blade shaped grille which is covered in chrome with bold headlight on the sides to make this front look bold and wide. The side and rear profiles also carry those bold body lines which flow smoothly from front and add appeal to it. The roofline carries a smooth flowing look with a shark fin antenna on the rear just above the rear windshield in the center. The window frames are highlighted with chrome for a better look. Also, a panoramic sunroof is employed for adds aesthetics in this Nissan drive. The elegant Altima is carved with overall dimension measuring 4863mm x 1830mm x 1488mm (L x W x H) with the wheelbase standing at 2775 mm. To complete this exterior, 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted along with 215/55 R17 tires which ensure good grip on the pathways.
Slide inside Nissan Altima and you will feel astonished with the luxurious looking interior of this sedan. The premium upholstery on the comfortable seats of this Nissan car would give you comfort even during long drives. The center console, dashboard and side trims are given wooden finishing to more elegance and grace. Chrome inserts are also given to highlight the features of dashboard with add more appeal to the interior. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel of this family car is wrapped with leather for more driving comfort. Also, this multi functional steering wheel has audio controls on it for more convenience. A standard entertainment system to keep your drives fun filled and entertaining is also provided in Altima which comprises Bluetooth and audio connectivity along with LCD screen to display the audio list. Optionally, NissanConnect with 9 speaker Bose sound system, and 7-inch touchscreen with navigation system are also offered to the customers. A boot space of 436-liters is provided at the rear for the convenience of the occupants.
Safety, Brakes and Miscellaneous
Nissan Altima possesses numerous safety features so that you can enjoy your drives to the fullest in this family car. There 6 airbags in total at are front, side and curtain to ensure your safety after an impact. Also, this sedan is featured with Vehicle Dynamic Control and Electronic BrakeForce Distribution which keep it stable and within control even on high speeds. Independent strut with coil springs type front suspension system and independent multi link type rear suspension system are appointed in this car for best handling even on elevated speeds. You also get Brake Assist equipped in this vehicle for efficient and smooth braking.
Impressive mileage, features and styling of Nissan Altima make it a desirable family vehicle. The spacious cabin and good handling gives you a satisfactory ride everytime. Though, on the downhill, cramped headroom for rear passengers due to sliding roofline is definitely a big issue with this drive.