Nissan Restyles 2010 Altima, Revises Product Structure

For 2010, Nissan's Altima receives a mild nip/tuck, and some revised model and pricing structures.

The 2010 Altima has undergone several exterior styling enhancements. A new hood, front bumper and grille, along with restyled wheels give car buyers something to look for in the new Altima. Several new color options are offered and VDC (vehicle dynamic control) is now standard on all Altima models. Buyers can also spring for some primo features that are new to the Altima, including a Bose 9-speaker audio system, and Nissan's new hard-disk based navigation system.

Base Altima 2.5 sedans don't receive the fanciful content, but their pricing sees no change, either: buyers can step into such a car for as little $20,620, including destination charges. 2.5 S models see a slight pricing bump -- it's jumped $100 to $22,560 -- while the 3.5 SR model (which replaces the previous 3.5 SE model) stickers for $ 25,240.

Nissan's dropped the top-end 3.5 SL model from the lineup (a leather-trimmed SL package is available on the 2.5 S), but the Hybrid remains available in select markets. The 2010 Altima Hybrid stickers for $27,500, and is only sold new in California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Jersey.

2.5 S coupe pricing jumps by $690, making a base two-door list for $23,160. Models equipped with the six-speed manual add another $500 to that figure. 3.5 SR models fitted with a CVT see a base price of $27,990, but those with the six-speed manual start at $30,320, nearly $3000 more than the 2009 model. Nissan claims the six-speed 3.5 SR coupe comes equipped with nearly $4000 of extra features, including heated leather seats, the Bose audio system, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Look for the new 2010 Altimas to arrive in U.S. dealerships early next week.

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