The Nissan Altima Hybrid is the car you're least likely to see on the road, but that's not because the Altima is a bad ride. Nissan sells the Altima Hybrid only in eight states (California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Actually, we enjoyed the Altima Hybrid nearly as much as the newer Ford Fusion. As one would imagine, the Altima (like many Nissan products) is much more involving than the Camry, but it isn't nearly as refined as a Ford Fusion Hybrid.
With smoother transitions between gas and EV modes as well as some extra attention paid to suspension tuning, and better fuel economy, the Altima might be able to challenge the Fusion for the hybrid midsize crown. But if you're living in one of the eight states where Altima Hybrids are sold, it's certainly worth a test drive.
2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC I-4
Power: 158 hp @ 5200-6000 rpm
Torque: 162 lb-ft @ 2800-4800 rpm
Type: 650v permanent magnet AC motor
Power: 40 hp @ 0-1500 rpm
Type: 244.8v Nickel-Metal Hydride
Output: 40 hp
System Total Power: 198 hp
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
Wheels, Tires: 16-inch aluminum, P215/60R16
L x W x H: 189.8" x 70.7" x 57.9"
Legroom F/R: 44.1"/35.8"
Headroom F/R: 40.6"/36.8"
Trunk capacity: 10.1 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3471 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 35/33 mpg