The Nissan Altima Is The Family Sedan That Ticks All The Right Boxes


Before you rush out and buy a crossover, consider this.

Nissan facelifted the Altima last year, and with styling cues borrowed from the Maxima, from a design perspective the family sedan more than holds its own in this competitive segment. The base model comes equipped with a 2.5-liter 182-hp inline-four, but we got to check out the 3.5-liter V6 that packs 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Despite the rise of the crossover, there are some people that prefer sedans, and the Altima is certainly worth a look if you’re in the market for a $30,000 car.

A Xtronic CVT automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels, and with leather appointed seats, a power sliding moonroof, Bose surround sound system, seven-inch touchscreen, push button ignition, and dual chrome exhausts, the Altima ticks plenty of the right boxes.

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So before you automatically opt for the trustworthy, yet slightly dull Toyota Corolla, take the time to check out the Nissan Altima. It's a handsome car in person, the powertrain is perfectly capable and there's plenty of room for a family of five. What else can you ask for? Special thanks to Future Nissan of Folsom for letting us film the car.