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2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid Review

Test drivers said the thing they liked most about the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid is that it drives like a regular gas-only Altima, which is a big compliment for a hybrid car. However, at 33/33 mpg city/highway, the Altima Hybrid’s fuel economy isn’t as strong as its hybrid rivals, and it has low safety ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive hybrid performance
  • Good fuel economy
  • Powertrain can be loud
  • Low safety ratings




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.0
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2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid Overview

Auto critics really liked the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid’s interior quality and enjoyable driving experience, which is quite similar to that of a gas-powered car. They praised the Altima Hybrid’s athletic handling, but they noted that it isn’t quick from a stop. Reviewers also liked the Altima Hybrid’s sporty styling and high-quality construction.

The 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid’s fuel economy is good, but there are rivals in the class that have better fuel economy. Reviewers said that the transitions between electric and gas power were noisy and more noticeable than they would have liked. They also noted that the back seat may be tight and uncomfortable for taller passengers. Additionally, rivals like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offer better safety ratings. The 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid was only sold in nine states, so shoppers may have trouble finding a used model in their area.

The 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Altima Hybrid comes with dual-zone climate control, push-button start and a six-speaker stereo. When it was new, available option packages added feature like a sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth, navigation and an upgraded stereo with a USB port and satellite radio. Standard safety features on the 2011 Altima Hybrid include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid has similar fuel economy estimates to the 2011 Altima Hybrid. Like the Altima Hybrid, reviewers praised the Camry Hybrid for its family-friendly interior space and for driving like a gas-powered car.  

The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid outshines the Altima Hybrid with better fuel economy and safety ratings. The Fusion Hybrid was well-liked when it was new for combining family sedan practicality with an enjoyable driving experience. 

Compare the Altima Hybrid to the Camry Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid »

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