2010 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SR

Matt Tierney

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.

The Altima coupe may seem like a less expensive alternative to the Infiniti G37 coupe, but in this case, you get what you pay (or don't pay) for.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

I'm with Joe and Amy...........and will look elsewhere..........
@MusicCityMadman - Since it isn't possible to get the manual transmission without the two equipment packages, discussing the pricing of the transmission by itself isn't really possible.
I never respect nissan engineering! I have driven the G35 and thats the worse 6-speed I have driven.
Sloppy journalism. Spending two minutes on Nissan's website reveals that the 6MT comes standard with two packages that cost about $3400 on the CVT. So if you get the same car for $2400 more than the other base, but you get $3400 worth of options, how much have you paid for the manual transmission......... -$1000. Disclaimer: I do not work for Nissan, I do not drive a Nissan and I agree with all the comments that you can do a lot better than this car for same or less money.

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