Yet another car from the Japanese car manufacturers to make headlines in the auto market, The 2008 Nissan Altima coupe has hit the market again and has already made news in many places. Customers love the new styling and the powerful engine of the redesigned coupe. With this model Nissan is out to prove the efficiency of the car as a 5 passenger family coupe. Be it the comfortable seating or the stylish exteriors, this car definitely grabs attention. Better than its predecessor in many ways, the 2008 Nissan Altima also focuses on quality, reliability and comfort for the passenger and a terrific experience for the driver.
The car weighs a cool 3,290 pounds, and much of its weight is in the front. This front-wheel driven coupe is all set to win over the younger crowds who wouldn’t mind more fun even if it compromised slightly on comfort. The medium sized coupes have been experiencing a renaissance of sorts and Nissan is also aiming at high sales volumes. 2.5S and 3.5SE are the 2 trims available for the 2008 Nissan Altima model. Ranging from $20,000 to about $25,000, both trims are quite efficient and safe family cars. This car has matured with respect to performance and fuel economy. The 2.5S (with a 175 hp 4 cylinder engine) provides 23 and 32 mpg in city/highways. Its sibling, the 3.5 SE Trim (with a 270 hp v6 engine) offers 19 and 27 mpg in city and on highways. The length of this model is lesser than previous models, but adults can comfortably be seated and the car is quite good unless you go on long drives with limited legroom.
Transmission in this model is either a 6-speed manual or a CVT, for continuously variable automatic transmission. The CVT is observed to be excellent. With CVT, the car moves to 60 mph in just about 6.6 seconds. Pricing is quite reasonable, but could go steep if you want the various packages (like the Technology package) to maximize the features of your Nissan Altima. With Intelligent key, air conditioning, cruise control, 6 speaker sound system, power assists, keyless remote and the standard safety features, the car proves itself as a reliable vehicle for everyday use and the occasional drive. The car combines convenience with some adventure to present itself as a good family coupe.
Engine: 3 out of 5….. v6 is great and the engine does not give problems on fairly rough roads even.
Transmission: 4 out of 5…. CVT is really good.
Handling: 4 out of 5… steering and handling are responsive.
Safety: 4 out of 5 … excellent safety features.
Value 4 out of 5… very reasonable pricing and great performance.
Body: 2-door, 5-passenger family car
Engine: 2.5 liter, I4, 175 hp for 2.5S and the 3.5SE is a 3.5 liter, V6, 270 hp engine
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission or CVT
Torque: 258 at 4400 (ft-lbs) for 3.5SE
Power: 175-270 hp
Tires: radial passenger tires, rack and pinion steering
Verdict: lively and comfortable family car at affordable rate.
For: style and performance
Against: hardly any cons, though rear legroom could be increased.