With highlights such as a competitive fuel economy, a responsive transmission system, and a strong acceleration, the new 2017 Nissan Altima offers a bit more than just an appealing curb and interior refinement. However, it may not be a compelling choice relative to what its competition offers. Its release date should be expected during the 1st Q of 2017.
The outgoing Altima model received a full redesign in 2012, and in that short span the competition has gone over the roof. More and more fresh rivals that offer better and sophisticated technologies and features have reduced the appeal of the once revered Altima to average. Even so, Nissan has brought the 2017 Altima with some upgrades and changes that it hopes will help bring its lost glory back.
Up front, the grille is now V-shaped and brings the vehicle up to speed with the rest of Nissan models. The headlights and taillights are now sharper and spot a modern design. These and the rest of the exterior design changes help breathe some life back to the Altima. The interior has also been rejuvenated and comes chock full of new technologies and upscale materials.
The technologies available, for instance, include blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-departure and warning systems, and automatic braking.
Sadly though, the Altima doesn’t look and feel premium. The infotainment still feels flimsy, the engine noise is above-average, while the interior materials are underwhelming both in quality and fabric.
We find it difficult to recommend the Altima to anyone shopping in this category, as it’s no longer a dominant force as it used to four years ago. Alternatives worth your while include the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, the 2016 Kia Optima, the 2017 Mazda 6, and the 2017 Honda Accord.
Offered Trims – Nissan Altima
Five main trim models have been offered for the five-passenger 2017 Nissan Altima: SV, SR, S, and SL trim models. They are further sorted in terms of the engine size: 2.5L and 3.6L. The 2017 Nissan Altima Hybrid is covered separately.
Exterior Pictures & 2017 Nissan Altima Interior Review
The base Altima offers the following standard accessories and features: full power accessories, a four-speaker sound system, an adjustable manual driver seat, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a folding 60/40-split rear seat, keyless remote entry, 16” steel wheels, air conditioning, a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, and push-button ignition.
The Altima 2.5 S trim upgrades further with a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, keyless entry and ignition, smartphone app integration, a 5” display, and cruise control.
Stepping up to the Altima SR trim gets you an adjustable driver seat, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, a sport-tuned suspension system, daytime running lights, an adjustable eight-way driver seat, and a simulated manual shift control.
The Altima SV, in addition to what the Altima S offers, adds satellite radio, remote engine start, 17” alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, a blind-spot monitoring system, and an eight-way driver powered seat.
Finally, the Altima 2.5 SL trim adds a two-way adjustable front headrest, a leather upholstery, a premium Bose nine-speaker sound system, heated front seats, a navigation system, a larger 7” color touchscreen, ambient interior lighting, a four-way power front passenger seat, voice commands, shift paddles, and a heated telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.
2017 Nissan Altima Engine Specs
As of this writing, only two engines are available under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Altima. There’re are rumors that Nissan is planning to add one more, so keep checking the post for more updates on what will be added on its release date.
The base engine is a four-cylinder 2.5L mill able to crank out 182 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is then forwarded to the wheels via the standard CVT transmission system. The other mill is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at a healthy 270 horsepower and 251 pounds-feet of torque.
According to EPA, the base engine should be able to return 39/27/31 mpg on the highway/city/combined, while the 3.5L V6 gets 32/22/26 mpg.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.3 in. (109.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.9 in. (191.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0 in. (72 in.)
Passenger volume: 102 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 15.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3197 lbs.
Top Speed: 115-130 mph
0-60: 6.2 sec
MPG: 27/39 mpg(city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Java Metallic, Pearl White, Storm Blue, Super Black…
Towing Capacity: N/A
2017 Nissan Altima Release Date & Coupe Price Estimate
Its release should be expected during the 1st Q of 2017. Rumors are rife the Altima Sedan will come sporting a window sticker of $22,500 MSRP.
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