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.
The main things the Altima coupe has going for it are its exterior styling, which is indeed reminiscent of Infiniti; and its powerful V-6 engine. But the Altima coupe is not worthy of that fine engine. The chassis is soggy, the steering is a mess, the body control is mediocre. Do you get the picture? The Nissan Altima coupe is a great dynamic disappointment. I was shocked by our car's sticker price, even though it had the V-6, and I almost fainted to see that the manual gearbox - nothing to crow about - costs $2330. You have got to be kidding me.
The Honda Accord coupe has always felt like a discount Acura, whereas the Nissan Altima coupe feels like a dressed-up economy car.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor