• Sep 30th 2009 at 1:59PM
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2010 Nissan Altima - Click either image for high-res gallery

Remember that small, grainy photo of the refreshed-for-2010 Nissan Altima that was making the rounds earlier this month? Forget it – because the official pics, pricing, and details are all here.

For 2010, Nissan's pivotal midsizer receives a modest but effective new bit of front clippery, including a new grille, bumper, and hood. Additional exterior changes are mainly limited to things like alloy wheel patterns and paint choice.

Inside, expect alterations that include reworked option package groupings,new interior fabrics and trim, and so on. On the infotech front, a new nine-speaker Bose stereo will be available incorporating things like iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephony, XM, and a rearview camera visible from its 4.3-inch display. Those wishing to spend a few more sheckels can opt for a next-gen navi with a 6.5-inch touchscreen setup, and it includes everything from the usual XM add-ons (NavTraffic, NavWeather) to speed limit advisories and a built-in Zagat's guide for stranded foodies. On the entertainment front, it also includes a 9.3-gig drive for ripping tunes, Bluetooth streaming audio and DVD player functionality.

Underneath, all 2010 Altima models get standard stability control whether they have two or four doors, and the 3.5 SE trim designation has rather curiously been ditched in favor of 3.5 SR.

Pricing for the sedan starts at $19,900 for the 170 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder S when paired with a CVT gearbox and climbs to $24,520 for the 270 hp, 3.5-liter V6 SR model, also with CVT. Want a third pedal? Prepare to lose a couple of doors – the 2.5 S coupe with a six-speed manual starts at $22,440, and the SR coupe with the 3.5-liter manual runs $29,600 – curiously, that's $2,330 more than the CVT model even though the same transmission is cheaper than the shift-it-yourself gearbox in four-cylinder guise. Last, but not least, if you're in the market for an Altima hybrid, expect to pony up $26,780 before options.

Will these changes be enough to keep the Altima in the thick of the family sedan hunt against perennial adversaries like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, and Mazda6? Let us know what you think after checking out the high-res galleries below and the press release after the jump.

[Source: Nissan]

2010 Nissan Altima Offers New Look, New Tech Features;

U.S. Pricing Announced for Sedan, Coupe and Hybrid Models
– Nissan's Best-Selling Nameplate, With Refined Exterior and Interior Treatments and Advanced Navigation System, Set For October 5th Debut –

The popular Nissan Altima, ranked number one in segment in the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS), enters the 2010 model year with fresh exterior styling, refined interior treatments and a host of technology enhancements to its navigation and entertainment systems. Available in three distinct models – Altima Sedan, Altima Coupe and Altima Hybrid – the 2010 Altimas will be available at Nissan dealers nationwide beginning Monday, October 5th.

The 2010 Altima's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) are:

2010 Altima Sedan Engine/Transmission M.S.R.P.
Altima Sedan 2.5 S 2.5L I4 CVT $19,900 USD
Altima Sedan 2.5 S 2.5L I4 CVT $21,840 USD
Altima Sedan 3.5 SR 3.5L V6 CVT $24,520 USD

2010 Altima Coupe Engine/Transmission M.S.R.P.
Altima Coupe 2.5 S 2.5L I4 6MT $22,440 USD
Altima Coupe 2.5 S 2.5L I4 CVT $22,940 USD
Altima Coupe 3.5 SR 3.5L V6 CVT $27,270 USD
Altima Coupe 3.5 SR 3.5 V6 6MT $29,600 USD

2010 Altima Hybrid Engine/Transmission M.S.R.P.
Altima HEV 2.5L I4 eCVT $26,780 USD

Now in its fourth generation, with nearly 3.2 million units sold worldwide, Altima provides a unique combination of exhilarating driving pleasure, distinctive and sporty design and exceptional quality and value in the mid-size sedan and coupe classes.

Again in 2010, Altima is available in a variety of well-equipped trim levels designed to appeal to a broad range of buyer needs and budgets, including 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine-equipped 4-door Altima Sedan and sporty 2-door Altima Coupe versions.

The Altima Hybrid powertrain mates a specialized version of Nissan's QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard electronically controlled CVT with an advanced electric drive motor/generator. Altima Hybrid is estimated to have a hybrid system net power rating of 198 horsepower (148 kW) while maintaining low tailpipe emissions, earning Altima Hybrid an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) rating. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 35 mpg City and 33 mpg Highway. Combined with Altima's standard 20-gallon fuel tank, the Altima Hybrid has a projected driving range of over 600 miles between fill-ups.

Among the many changes for all 2010 Altimas are a restyled hood, grille and front bumper, new wheel designs, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on all models, revised interior fabric and finishers, new exterior colors and revised option package content. In addition, the previous Altima 3.5 SE designation has been renamed the 3.5 SR.

Along with the exhilaration provided by the driver-oriented cockpit and high levels of Altima performance, the "entertainment factor" of Altima's interior has been upgraded with new available premium audio packages that include a Bose® AM/FM audio system with nine speakers, 4.3-inch color display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.

Also available with Altima Sedan, Coupe and Hybrid models is a next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.5-inch VGA color touch-screen display (replaces the 4.3-inch display), 9.3GB Music Box for music storage and playback, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat restaurant guide, XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeather® (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, DVD player and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infinitiusa.com.

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* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title and license fees. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please forgive my post for being a bit off topic, but something in that article caught my eye.

      "it includes everything from the usual XM add-ons (NavTraffic, NavWeather)"

      I haven't ever owned a car with all that fancy stuff built in, so I'm definitely a bit in the dark. But is this commonplace? This seems like a really odd way to get traffic and weather info. Isn't there a monthly fee for XM? Why wouldn't they build the system to get that information via bluetooth or WiFi from the internet connected phone that is in most people's pockets anyway? At least give us the option to get those features without paying yet another monthly fee for more connectivity. Or are the car makers in cahoots with XM or something?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "... curiously, that's $2,330 more than the CVT model even though the same transmission is cheaper than the shift-it-yourself gearbox in four-cylinder guise. "

      Probably because the V6 CVT model gets better sticker mileage - it did for 09 anyway - and Nissan is tweaking prices to keep demand down and their CAFE numbers up.

      Its the 70s all over again, one car after another being made worse by this stupid law.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My family used to buy Nissans. They were excellent until we owned a previous-gen Altima.
      - More recalls than any other vehicle we've owned!
      - Premature rust in the gas filler area and on the door sill.
      - Came with crappy tires - hydroplaned in normal rainfall! We replaced the tires within a couple of months, effectively adding several hundred to the cost of the car.
      - Poor steering feedback and didn't feel confident in the turns.

      This Altima has a lot to prove if they want to reverse the damage done by the previous model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The newer Altimas have been much more refined compared to the previous body style. I also find them much more interesting then comparable Accord/Camrys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the last gen Maxima...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Coupé would be awesome with RWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      boring, it looks more and more like a sentra.give it head lights like the z.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the title "2010 Nissan Altima Grille and Headlights (somewhat) refreshed" would better suit this article.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the bumper design with 3-section openings like that.
      same as the M3 or 2002 Accord.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Coupe's front should have been adopted exactly as is tothe sedan (it's definitely the better looking front) and would have saves Nissan a bit for sharing the sae hedlights adn bumper, adn this would have allowed tem to put the projector beams on the sedan

      the rear of the coupe is all wrong IMHO - it needed the refresh more than the front did, the sedan's rear is better but not good enough for the coupe, so Nissan should have adopted similar styling to the Maxima on both the coupe and sedan

      stil i'd pick this over any of it's rivals, maybe with the exception of the Fusion V6 Sport model or the Fusion AWD model
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was in Nuyawk last month. Hordes of Altima hybrid taxis running around. Strange to see them in bright yellow livery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, Honda gives us an all new Accord every 5 years, with a mid cycle refresh after 2 to 3 years. I think the same applies to the Camry. This Altima looks like its the same car as the 2005 model, in that it rides on the same platform. I'm not sure that will be good enough once its time for a new Camry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you might want to look at the two models again. They look quite different
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay...it still looks like new sheetmetal over the same frame to me, not a new car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like it better than last year. The front end looks more streamlined, but more bland. It's the rear that I've always liked, and I'm glad they retained it.

      But the interior looks "blah" even more so than before. Where's the color? It's completely black with only minimal aluminum accents! Hell, they even made the steering wheel all black!

      Here's where they need to improve for the next redesign:

      Add the "Infiniti Knob" (I love this system, works great)
      Put more color inside
      Make the outside less bland, but don't put in the old 2007-2009 headlights (I hated those)
      Make it more effcient (Yes, I know, most Autoblog commentors don't care, but the majority of Altima buyers do), but retain the VQ engine power
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