2008 Nissan Altima

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Engine Engine 2.5LI-4
MPG MPG 23 City / 32 Hwy
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2008 Altima Overview

The Nissan Altima is a driver's car among midsize sedans.This fourth-generation Altima was all-new for 2007.It set record sales records, won the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Premium Mid-Size Cars, and ranked highest among mid-size sedans in the J.D.Power and Associates APPEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout) study.

For 2008, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard equipment.Indeed, the 2008 Altima comes loaded with safety features.

A gas-electric Hybrid version is available boasting an EPA-rated 35 miles per gallon City, extending its range past 600 miles between fill-ups.Rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), the Altima Hybrid is sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Whether four-cylinder, V6, or hybrid, the Nissan Altima offers performance, comfort, safety, economy, and looks.It feels powerful and luxurious.It's a couple of inches shorter than the Maxima on the outside, and gives up a little room in the rear seat; but offers comparable room up front, and very nearly as much luggage space.Fold-down rear seats allow the Altima's trunk to expand into the cabin for carrying big long things.

A well-optioned 2.5 SL offers the leather upholstery and other features of the luxurious 3.5 SL but with the improved fuel economy of the four-cylinder engine, and we found it delivers plenty of power.

The 175-hp four-cylinder rates 23/31 mpg City/Highway on Regular octane.The 3.5-liter V6 makes 270 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque and rates.The price for that power, however, is an EPA-rated 19/26 mpg appetite for Premium fuel.Best is the Hybrid, which rates 35/33 mpg along with better performance than the standard four-cylinder.Hybrid technology isn't cheap, however, and the Altima uses the best: from Toyota.

For drivers who appreciate sharp handling, the Altima excels.This is a car that inspires driver confidence, a car that a driver can really connect with.It's steady and predictable in extreme situations, including rough pavement.Its suspension is quite firm but isn't harsh.

A sporty new Altima coupe has joined the lineup.The coupe is a little smaller than the sedan, sprung a little tighter, and different enough in character that we have dealt with it in a separate New Car Test Drive review.Honda has the Accord Coupe.Toyota has a coupe, the Camry Solara.Nissan? Well, now it has one, too, the 2008 Altima Coupe.

Not a two-door knock off of the Altima sedan, the Coupe shares but one body panel with its four-door sibling.More important, the Coupe departs significantly from the sedan's dimensions.And with positive results.

It's a tauter set up, focused more on responsive handling than plush ride.Interior space is cozier, as it should be to fit the coupe mold.As such, though, it's more of a two-person transporter than a family vacation vehicle or a carpool commuter.

Power-wise, the Altima Coupe tops both the current Accord and Solara, although the 2008 models of those two have yet to appear in dealerships and we're expecting an overhaul of the Toyota.But in the meantime, the Altima Coupe, which borrows its engines and transmissions from …
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2008 Altima Overview

The Nissan Altima is a driver's car among midsize sedans.This fourth-generation Altima was all-new for 2007.It set record sales records, won the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Premium Mid-Size Cars, and ranked highest among mid-size sedans in the J.D.Power and Associates APPEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout) study.

For 2008, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard equipment.Indeed, the 2008 Altima comes loaded with safety features.

A gas-electric Hybrid version is available boasting an EPA-rated 35 miles per gallon City, extending its range past 600 miles between fill-ups.Rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), the Altima Hybrid is sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Whether four-cylinder, V6, or hybrid, the Nissan Altima offers performance, comfort, safety, economy, and looks.It feels powerful and luxurious.It's a couple of inches shorter than the Maxima on the outside, and gives up a little room in the rear seat; but offers comparable room up front, and very nearly as much luggage space.Fold-down rear seats allow the Altima's trunk to expand into the cabin for carrying big long things.

A well-optioned 2.5 SL offers the leather upholstery and other features of the luxurious 3.5 SL but with the improved fuel economy of the four-cylinder engine, and we found it delivers plenty of power.

The 175-hp four-cylinder rates 23/31 mpg City/Highway on Regular octane.The 3.5-liter V6 makes 270 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque and rates.The price for that power, however, is an EPA-rated 19/26 mpg appetite for Premium fuel.Best is the Hybrid, which rates 35/33 mpg along with better performance than the standard four-cylinder.Hybrid technology isn't cheap, however, and the Altima uses the best: from Toyota.

For drivers who appreciate sharp handling, the Altima excels.This is a car that inspires driver confidence, a car that a driver can really connect with.It's steady and predictable in extreme situations, including rough pavement.Its suspension is quite firm but isn't harsh.

A sporty new Altima coupe has joined the lineup.The coupe is a little smaller than the sedan, sprung a little tighter, and different enough in character that we have dealt with it in a separate New Car Test Drive review.Honda has the Accord Coupe.Toyota has a coupe, the Camry Solara.Nissan? Well, now it has one, too, the 2008 Altima Coupe.

Not a two-door knock off of the Altima sedan, the Coupe shares but one body panel with its four-door sibling.More important, the Coupe departs significantly from the sedan's dimensions.And with positive results.

It's a tauter set up, focused more on responsive handling than plush ride.Interior space is cozier, as it should be to fit the coupe mold.As such, though, it's more of a two-person transporter than a family vacation vehicle or a carpool commuter.

Power-wise, the Altima Coupe tops both the current Accord and Solara, although the 2008 models of those two have yet to appear in dealerships and we're expecting an overhaul of the Toyota.But in the meantime, the Altima Coupe, which borrows its engines and transmissions from …Hide Full Review