2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5 S

December 16, 2010
I never cease to be amazed by how quickly the options add up on a Monroney. This Altima felt to me like a relatively sparsely equipped model, with its cloth seats, four-cylinder engine, and lack of navigation. The only readily apparent option was the CVT automatic, which I'd skip. In this form, the Altima coupe isn't a bad choice, with styling cool enough to drive on a date, decent steering and handling, and Japanese reliability all for less than $24,000.
2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2 5S Front Three Quarters View
And yet now I look at the price sheet and see that this car has another $5000 worth of options; among the extra-cost items are a the Bose stereo and the sunroof. And in keeping with the Japanese philosophy on options, everything is bundled such that you can't get Bluetooth and an iPod connector, for instance, without also adding a sunroof, backup camera, and automatic transmission. Suddenly, we're talking about enough money to buy a very handsomely equipped Volkswagen GTI, Chevrolet Camaro, or Hyundai Genesis coupe, all cars with the performance to back up their looks.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
Yes, this is certainly GTI money, but I'm not so sure that those looking for hot-hatch performance are necessarily also cross-shopping a base, four-cylinder Altima, either. Buyers driven primarily by styling -- not 0-60 times or skidpad figures -- will likely favor the Altima. I can't say I blame them; the sinewy two-door form reminds me of a G37 from the rear quarters, especially with the stubby rear quarter window and the short rear deck. The 2.5-liter four provides adequate acceleration, and the handling -- like that of its four-door sibling -- is rather tactile for a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2 5S Front Three Quarters Passenger
Shoppers seeking good looks, impressive fuel economy (23/32 mpg city/highway), and loads of optional upscale content have a lot to like in this Altima, even if it isn't exactly destined to set the compact sports coupe segment on fire.
- Evan McCausland, Web Producer
Evan McCausland talks a lot of sense about the Altima coupe, although I'm probably not as much a fan as he is. The car been on sale for three years now and was freshened for 2010, so for 2011 it carries over. The main thing I noticed was the attractive radio faceplate, with an iPod button, large volume and tuning buttons, and snazzy chrome trim. The climate controls are also intuitive. Our test car had a rearview camera, and the image on the relatively small display screen was nice and sharp. There's a nice big center bin under the center stack, with a flip-up lid. The four-cylinder engine still sounds wheezy when you push it hard, but overall the CVT works well when you're tooling around town. All that said, this car has never much appealed to me.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2 5S Front View
2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5 S
2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2 5S Rear Three Quarters
Base price (with destination): $23,690
Price as tested: $27,965
Standard Equipment:
2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine
6-speed manual transmission
17-inch alloy wheels
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Traction control system
Vehicle dynamic control
Tire pressure monitoring system
Cloth seats
60/40 split fold rear seat
Tilt/telescoping steering column
AM/FM/CD/Aux audio system with 6 speakers
Air conditioning
Nissan intelligent key with push button start
Power windows/locks/mirrors
Options on this vehicle:
Premium package -- $2070
Power sliding moonroof
Manual folding sideview mirrors
XM satellite radio
Bose sound system with 9 speakers
USB port with iPod connectivity
4.3-inch display and rearview monitor
Bluetooth connectivity
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Convenience package -- $1070
8-way power driver seat
Automatic on/off headlights
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Xtronic CVT transmission -- $500
Rear spoiler -- $460
Floor mat & trunk mat set -- $175
Key options not on vehicle:
Leather package -- $2060
HID xenon headlights
Leather seats
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Technology package -- $1780
Hard disc navigation system
6.5-inch touch screen display
9.3GB Music Box
DVD playback capability
Auxiliary audio input
Fog lights -- $310
Fuel economy: 23/32/26 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
Size: 2.5L DOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 175 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Drive: Front-wheel
Transmission: Continuously variable
Curb weight: 3124 lb
Wheels/tires: 17 x 7.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 215/55R17 Bridgestone Turanza EL400 all-season tires
Competitors: Honda Accord Coupe, Hyundai Genesis Coupe


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2011 Nissan Altima

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4
starting at (MSRP)
2.5L I4
Fuel Economy
23 City 32 Hwy
2011 Nissan Altima