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.
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.
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