• Sep 22, 2009
The image you see above is the updated 2010 Nissan Altima. No, really... it may look eerily similar to the mid-size sedan currently on dealer lots across the country wearing window stickers that say 2009, but the 2010 model is in fact slightly restyled.

Especially noticeable is the reworked front fascia, which now features a slightly more prominent upper grille and a lower intake that's molded in body color plastic instead of black. Flanking that lower opening are new foglights that sit inside boomerang-shaped recesses. We can't make out much of the car's hind quarters, but it seems the tail lamps have grown a in size.

The story of how this image was leaked is also at least mildly interesting. As we reported earlier today, all Altimas and Maximas from the 2009 and 2010 model years were recalled due to faulty upper front strut insulators, despite the fact that a total of zero 2010 Altimas have so far been sold. Automotive News used the image above of the 2010 Altima for its story, but nearly everyone – save the eagle-eyed chaps at Motor Trend – failed to notice the snafu since the new car looks so similar to the previous model. Thanks for the tip, Mehdi!

[Source: Motor Trend via Altima Forums]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a midsized sentra
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is with the "chubby cheek" front bumper corners on several new models? I'm guessing it must be extra re-enforcement for offset-crash protection.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Talk about a plain looking car. Go buy a used, decent looking car instead of this no-frills looking nightmare! Everything visual on this car is so played out and generic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry I forgot. The Accord and Camry are included.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tony: I disagree with you. Of the mainstream mid-size sedans, the Altima ranks at the bottom for styling, especially at the rear where the clear taillights really made things worse in the sedan's styling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tony if you're gonna call the Impala generic don't forget the Camry and Accord
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dont know about nissan style these past 20 years ... take me back to 1990 pathfinder and the 300 Z

        too many altimas on chrome 20's and limo tints ... ghetto supreme
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think automakers want to make any waves in this segment, they just roll out minor changes and fiddle with the looks a bit, and it's a shame. The midsize segment could do with some character. Admittedly though, and even with the half-assed refresh from HQ, the Altima is still a good looking car...but I'm still pissed that it got so fat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Altima is one of the most stylised saloons on the market right now in its price range other than the new Passat or VW CC. The swoop of the back glass suggests a fast back and the curvature of the side from the tail light to the front fender gives the rear a sense of heaviness which suggests stability and sportiness. The rear tail lights are very stylised, George Jetson would be proud to have one in his driveway as am I. If you want generic buy an Impala, or anything GM or Chrysler. The Altima is anything but generic, as anything French is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nothing says quality like a pre-production recall
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that design saggyness brings to mind the Avalon. Very awkward lines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I can tell, the hood lines are gone, the headlights are different (turn signals moved from inside to outside), and the aforementioned grille/bumper change. Also, if those wheels are standard I may throw up every time I pass a nissan dealership.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find not caring so much that I just thought I would let everyone know I just don't care.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks more or less the same...maybe slightly nicer now that its missing that black strip on the bottom and the front grill and hood seem to flow better. Compared to the Camry/Accord its a sharp looking car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnn..........................................................
      • 5 Years Ago
      If no one really noticed then it says alot about the fact that no one really cared. I like that you told us since you are a automotive news website but yeah the car is plain looking and the updates as stated are so subtle that no one even noticed till hours later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks Nissan. We just got a report of traffic accidents down, and this car is gonna put people asleep behind the wheel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha. Such a boring looking car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still too unrefined.
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