2010 Nissan Altima

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4

2010 nissan altima Reviews and News

2010 Honda Accord Coupe V6 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Hp
What's the recipe for creating a niche coupe, using two of America's perennial top-selling sedans as a base? Lose the rear doors, craft an attractive rear end, and offer an optional manual gearbox to please enthusiasts. But unlike purpose-driven performance coupes such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, sedan-based coupes must capture the essence of the four-door original in order to carry its fan base. As recently as two years ago, the list of two-door iterations of sedans included entries from Toyota, Chevrolet, and Chrysler. Since then, however, the field of midsize coupes has shrunk to a number you can count on one hand. And with two of the standouts, the 2011 Honda Accord and Nissan Altima coupes, remarkably similar in terms of dimensions, horsepower, and price point, we decided to see how each manufacturer applies the tried-and-true formula.
2010 Honda Accord Coupe V6 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Front End
On paper, the comparison between two midsize coupes shows the Altima sitting in the shadow of the Accord in terms of size, horsepower, and price. The output of their 3.5-liter V-6 engines is within one horsepower of one another (theoretical advantage: Honda), and their as-tested prices are within $100 (advantage: Nissan), save for our Accord's $2000 optional navigation system. A closer look at each car's driving dynamics and packaging, however, reveals that two fewer doors also gives each car a different character on the road. While the sedate sedan versions seem to pull at the same strings of America's pocketbooks, that's not as likely with the coupes.
Both coupes' exterior styling is clearly derived from their sedan siblings. The Accord's styling is smart and inoffensive, a careful adaptation of the sedan's squared-off lines. By contrast, the Altima coupe's design is an attempt to court low-budget aficionados of the Infiniti G37 coupe. It marries the staid front end of the Altima sedan with a sleek rear end, but some awkward lines make the sides look frumpy.
Interior quality and styling also illustrates the continuity between coupe and sedan. Drivers familiar with the archetypal Accord's clear gauges and near-perfect ergonomics will have no trouble adjusting to the Accord coupe's; the same, familiar feeling fills the Altima coupe's cabin, aside from our model's kickin' red leather seats, a clear departure from the beige mainstream. Our sole nit to pick with the Accord's interior was its outdated navigation interface, and copy editor Rusty Blackwell wondered "what year is it again?" upon discovering its trunk-mounted CD changer. Art director Matt Tierney summed up most editors' feelings about the Altima's handsome interior, which he described as having "finishes [that] are 99 percent gorgeous," marred only by "the strange, not-quite faux brushed metal compartment in the center stack." Interior space in the Altima coupe is notably less generous than in the sedan, whereas the difference was less dramatic in the Accord coupe.
2010 Honda Accord Coupe V6 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Rear
Under the skin, the differences between the coupes start to become more distinct. Although the two powertrains are remarkably similar -- both engines displace 3.5 liters and produce in the neighborhood of 270 horsepower -- the differences between them become apparent once you step on the gas. The Altima's slightly torquier VQ-derived V-6 emits a coarse growl, while the Accord's smooth power delivery is the antithesis to the Nissan's caterwaul howl.
Unlike their V-6 sedan counterparts, both coupes offer six-speed manual transmissions. The no-cost manual in the Accord coupe is a repeat performance of the familiar, silky Honda gearbox; smooth, short shifts demonstrate the ├ęclat of the Accord's engineering. By contrast, the Altima's engine histrionics carry over to its six-speed manual (a $2330 option), which feels balky and disconnected, with vague throws. Although manuals are usually sacrosanct in stirring our enthusiast souls, the Altima's standard continuously variable transmission is the smoother choice in this application. Though neither stick shift is likely to become the majority choice among buyers, Honda and Nissan's outreach gesture to a perceived demographic of drivers who enjoy driving does not go unnoticed.
Both coupes utilize a front-wheel-drive chassis, and suffer from varying amounts of torque steer, although they're quite quick off the line. As assistant editor David Zenlea wrote, "What never ceases to amaze me is just how FAST these coupes are when tied to a six-speed manual. If you're in an older Mustang or Camaro and see one of these pull up next to you at a light, don't laugh."
2010 Honda Accord Coupe V6 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Front Three Quarters
However, there is a difference in the way that the two cars drive, and most editors felt that the Accord delivered superior dynamics. Combined with the soggy manual gearbox and stiff clutch, the Altima's raucous engine note, less satisfying steering and body control did not harmonize. West Coast editor Jason Cammisa summed up the Altima coupe's personality: "It looks like it's supposed to be sporty, but it doesn't deliver in any way, shape, or form. Sure, it's fast as the Dickens, but it ends there." In contrast was the Accord's sharp steering and its sporty, yet well-dampened ride. The Honda makes good on the promise of its sporty pretensions without losing the character that defines the Accord sedan.
At the end of the day, it's the Accord's all-around refinement that sets it one class above its competitor. The Altima, conversely, overpromises and under-delivers both against the Accord and within the Nissan lineup itself. The highly entertaining 370Z is within $2000 of the Altima, or, for a bit more dough, sister division Infiniti offers the sporty and refined G37 coupe.
Perhaps deputy editor Joe DeMatio said it best: "The Honda Accord coupe has always felt like a discount Acura, whereas the Nissan Altima coupe feels like a dressed-up economy car." In this comparison of all-too-similar coupes, the nod goes to the Accord, hands down.
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Front Three Quarter
It's easy enough to be wooed by the svelte form of the Infiniti G37 coupe, but its $36,915 entry price isn't exactly an easy hurdle for all consumers to clear. Perhaps G37 fans on a strict budget may be intrigued by the 2010 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Coupe. It's hard to argue that the two-door Altima isn't an attractive car, but does the midsize, front-wheel-drive coupe have enough substance to support its good looks?
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Front End 2
Business In Front, Party In Back
Arguably, Nissan's designers played it safe when crafting the front fascia. Although the Altima Coupe shares only its hood with its sedan sibling, the rest of the front end almost passes for a carbon copy. Headlamps, grille, lower air dam, and front fascia are all unique to the Coupe, but only the fenders-which are slightly more slender and curvaceous than those on the sedan-look substantially different.
Move aft of the A-pillars, and it's another story altogether. Here the Coupe looks nothing like the Altima sedan, with a roofline that flows over chiseled rear fenders and terminates in a stubby tail. Apart from the taillights, the rear profile of the car is a dead ringer for the stylish Infiniti G37 coupe.
What Lies Beneath
In contrast to the swoopy styling and the spiffy interior, the Altima's underpinnings remain rather humble. The Coupe is built off the same Nissan D platform used in the sedan (along with the larger Maxima and Murano crossover), which means it sends power to its front wheels alone.
A 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter I-4 is standard in base Altima Coupe models, while the 3.5 SR models scrap the four in favor of a DOHC, 24-valve, 3.5-liter V-6. Shoppers looking for power befitting the sporty styling should skip the four altogether. Although Nissan's VQ V-6 is aging, the engine still cranks out a commendable 270 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. As is the case with the four-cylinder car, a continuously variable transmission is standard on the 3.5 SR, but if the wheel-mounted shift paddles don't offer enough involvement, a six-speed manual transmission is optional.
Opting for the stick shift isn't exactly as easy as ticking a single option box. On 3.5 SR cars, the six-speed manual also forces buyers to spring for the Premium Package and the Leather Package. The $2330 premium imposed by the manual may seem intimidating, until you consider opting for those two packages alone would normally cost almost $3500.
Suave Interior, Little Space
All Altima interiors are treated to nicely grained plastic, but metallic trim accents on the dash, steering wheel, and shifter bezel help set Leather Package-equipped cars apart from lesser Altima Coupes. Staffers were split on the ruby red leather seating; some found it a little overbearing, while others thought it offered a nice contrast to the charcoal interior.
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Rear Three Quarters
In the transition from sedan to Coupe, the Altima's seating capacity goes from five to four, but pity those forced to squeeze their way into the rear seat. The fastback roof works wonders from a styling perspective, but it pinches headroom-rear passengers have 35.6" of headroom, but taller passengers will likely butt their heads against the rear glass. If nothing else, the rear seats offer some additional cargo room, an important consideration, seeing as the coupe's sinewy form leaves it with a short, shallow trunk.
How Does It Drive?
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Coupe drives much like the Altima sedan, though this may disappoint those who expect it to perform like a G37. At low speeds, the car is rather benign, but any liberal application of the throttle results in significant torque steer. Steering weight is decent, but the steering is not exactly quick, a fact exaggered by the large, ovoid steering wheel.
To help curb body roll during spirited driving, Nissan gives the V-6 Altima Coupe stiffer dampers and anti-roll bars at all corners along with stiffer front springs. The setup is enjoyable over a long set of switchbacks, but only if they're constructed of flawless tarmac. On anything but glass-smooth surfaces, the Altima Coupe transmits virtually every imperfection in the road surface directly to the cabin. Several staffers noted the harsh ride is prone to creating random squeaks and rattles inside the car while traveling over Michigan's frost-heaved roads.
Although we love shifting our own gears, the six-speed manual fitted here left us frustrated. The shifter itself is lanky, its throws are long, and its feel is somewhat rubbery. We'd puzzled why Nissan would go to the trouble of adding a manual transmission-a low-volume option that only caters to pure gearheads-but not refine its action. That said, we're happy that engineers did design a parking brake lever for the coupe in lieu of the pedal-operated release used in the Altima sedan.
Pricing Problem
Perhaps our biggest issue with the Altima Coupe 3.5 SR is its price tag. Yes, opting for the V-6 and the manual transmission does net you a considerable amount of standard equipment, but it also carries a substantial $30,495 sticker.
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Side
That's a bit of a stretch for budget-minded enthusiasts, but it also knocks on the doors of some impressive alternatives. An extra $750, for instance, buys a base Nissan 370Z, and both the Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 can be had with a V-6 and manual transmission for thousands less.
If rear-wheel-drive isn't a priority but comfort and cabin space are, Honda's Accord Coupe also presents an interesting alternative. An EX-L V-6 with a six-speed manual transmission runs $30,055, and offers suspension tuning and a rear seat conducive to more comfortable journeys.
If you're sold on the idea of picking up a G37 lookalike for less, the Altima Coupe may be your best option, but the 3.5 SR isn't exactly cheap. We'd rather spend our money on something that drives more like the G rather than something that just looks like one.
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SR
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Front Three Quarter
Base price (with destination): $30,320
Price as tested: $30,495
Standard Equipment:
3.5-liter V-6 engine
CVT transmission
18-inch alloy wheels
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Traction and stability control system (ESP)
Vehicle dynamic control
Tire pressure monitoring system
8-way driver power seat
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
Leather-wrapped shift knob
Tilt/telescoping steering column
Bose AM/FM audio system with 7 speakers
XM satellite radio
USB port with iPod connectivity
MP3/WMA playback compatibility
4.3-inch color display
Bluetooth connectivity
Rearview camera
Air conditioning
Dual zone automatic climate control
Nissan "Intelligent Key" keyless access
Power windows/locks
Power sliding moonroof with sunshade
Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass

Options on this vehicle:
6-speed manual transmission -- $2330
Floor & trunk mat set -- $175

Key options not on vehicle:
Technology package -- $1780
Rear spoiler -- $460
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
18 / 27 / 21 mpg
Engine:
Size: 3.5L V-6
Horsepower: 270 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Drive:
Front-wheel
Transmission:
6-speed manual
Curb weight: 3294 lb
Wheels/tires:
18-inch alloy wheels
235/45R-18 Michelin Pilot all-season tires
2010 Nissan Altima
2010 Nissan Altima
A class leader, and rightfully so. The 2010 Nissan Altima is the brands global sales leader. This made in America Nissan competes against the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the US's largest car segment, the midsize sedan. Especially with its optional V-6 engine, the Altima allows for the kids to be hauled around and still affords the driver some semblance of fun behind the wheel The Altima is available in Sedan, Coupe, or Hybrid formats. The V-6 included sport tuned suspension giving it better handling at a small sacrifice in ride quality. The four cylinder is more softly sprung but both are firmer rides than, say, the Camry. Another boon to the Altima as a driver's car is that in coupe form, the manual transmission can be mated to either the four cylinder or the V-6. This is a rarity in this segment as the V-6 option usually demands an automatic transmission.

The two engines available on the Altima are the 2.5 liter four cylinder with 175 Horsepower or the 3.5 liter which produces 270 HP.
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The overheating battery saga courtesy of Garmin and explored by Suzuki last week has spread to Nissan as well. Nissan is set to recall its 2008-2010 Altima, Frontier, Pathfinder, Rogue, Sentra, Versa, and Xterra with Garmin Nuvi navigation systems.
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Rear Three Quarters
Very mixed feelings about this car. On the one hand, it's hard not to really like something this pretty - it's a convincing Infiniti G37 knockoff - and this quick. And believe me, it is quick. The six-speed manual transmission is well worth the $2330, as it wakes up the ol' VQ and turns a well-mannered family car into a snorting, rorting beast capable of some very impressive second-gear pulls. There's more cause for celebration inside, where, despite some tacky faux leather and brushed aluminum trim, this Altima SR is far more mature than its predecessors. The small color screen on the non-navigation-equipped stereo unit is also a nice touch.
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Front Three Quarter
I also have mixed feelings about this car. I'm less enthralled with the exterior - the Altima front end does nothing for me - but it strikes a nice profile. The big pluses for me are the gorgeous interior, the excellent Bose stereo, and the 270 horses.
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Rear Three Quarters
My colleagues have mixed feelings about the Nissan Altima Coupe and I know why: this car falls far short of the standards one would expect in 2010 from a $30,000 vehicle. I have one thing to say: Volkswagen GTI, my friends. A car that's available for less money and is twice as refined, twice as well-tuned, and twice as fun to drive as this Nissan.
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Cockpit
The exterior design is the Altima coupe's most positive attribute. Unfortunately, it's also one of the car's downfalls, because there are packaging compromises that are inherent in any coupe. The sloping roof line means that the trunk is smaller and shallower than what you'd find in a sedan. Luckily, the rear seat folds down, but access to the rear to reach the release button can only be described as difficult. I'm not a large person [Amy's the size of an elf -Ed.] and I found it incredibly awkward trying to maneuver myself so that I could perform the seat-lowering operation. I could only live with those compromises if this were a true sports car, but the Altima coupe is definitely not. Its engine, while producing plenty of power, is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that is marred by notchy throws and a too-stiff clutch. The red leather seats are, to my eyes, gaudy and out-of-place in an otherwise nicely designed interior.
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Taillights
Yes, the latest Volkswagen GTI is indeed a good benchmark for budget performance cars, but each time I look at the Altima Coupe -- and its $30,000-something price tag -- I'm prompted to cross-shop Nissan's own portfolio. For virtually the same amount of money, I can pick up a 2011 370Z -- a car that looks just as good, provides just as much power, handles delectably, and still manages to excite the boy racer inside. This looks like a no-brainer, right?
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Front Seats
I'm not on the fence, either -- I'm with Joe DeMatio, and I don't get this car at all. It looks like it's supposed to be sporty, but it doesn't deliver in any way, shape, or form. Sure, it's fast as the Dickens, but it ends there. The VQ is well muted (thank God you aren't assaulted with the NVH from that old thing) but so is the steering (unless you count torque steer), the clutch, the ropy shifter, and the nonlinear throttle pedal. Each of the primary controls feels as though it's connected to somebody else's car.
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Front Three Quarter
2010 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SR
2010 Nissan Altima 3 5 SR Rear Three Quarters
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2010 Nissan Altima Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
Horsepower:
175 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
180 ft lb of torque @ 3900rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
SUSPENSION
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 ALTIMA AND MAXIMA PASSENGER CARS. THE UPPER FRONT STRUT INSULATORS MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT INSULATOR TO CRACK.
Consequences
IF THE STRUT INSULATOR IS CRACKED, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT ROD TO COME OUT OF ITS MOUNTING POSITION, WHICH COULD AFFECT VEHICLE STABILITY AND INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE FRONT STRUT INSULATORS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261).
Potential Units Affected
26,398
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM(GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM)
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN VEHICLES THAT WERE EQUIPPED WITH A GARMIN NUVI MODEL 750 NAVIGATION SYSTEM. THE BATTERIES CONTAINED IN THE AFFECTED GPS UNITS CAN OVERHEAT.
Consequences
OVERHEATED BATTERIES COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND THE REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED BY GARMIN TECHNICIANS BY REPLACING THE BATTERY AND INSERTING A SPACER ON TOP OF THE BATTERY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GARMIN DIRECTLY AT 1-866-957-1981 OR NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
7,948
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
STRUCTURE
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 ALTIMA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 7, 2010 THROUGH APRIL 13, 2010. SOME OF THE FRONT SIDE MEMBER ASSEMBLY COMPONENTS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN WELDED TO SPECIFICATION DUE TO A TOOL MAINTENANCE ERROR.
Consequences
IF SEVERAL STRUCTURAL WELDS ARE OUT OF SPECIFICATION ON A SINGLE VEHICLE, IT MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE VEHICLE CRASH PERFORMANCE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND IF NECESSARY REPAIR FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 13, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
113
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R

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