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2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid Review

Auto critics agreed that the 2010 Altima Hybrid’s stand-out feature is that it drives like a conventional gas-only car, which is high praise for any hybrid.

Pros & Cons

  • Good performance
  • Great fuel economy
  • Few standard features
  • Hybrid powertrain can be unrefined

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid Overview

When the 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid was new, reviewers liked that it has enough room to fit your family, as well as driving dynamics that were uncharacteristic of a hybrid car. They said its peppy acceleration and nimble handling nearly matched that of the gas-only 2010 Altima sedan, though the Altima Hybrid isn’t as quick from a stop. They also praised its precise steering and linear regenerative brakes. The 2010 Altima Hybrid was also well-liked for its comfortable and well-built cabin. The Altima Hybrid has fuel economy ratings of 35/33 mpg city/highway, which is great for a midsize car, but not as high as some other hybrids.

One thing test drivers disliked about the Altima Hybrid when it was new was that the transition between electric and gas power was noisier and less refined than they would have liked. Another potential downside is that base models were sparsely equipped when they were new, so many of the features used car buyers may want now may not be found on all used 2010 Altima Hybrids.

The 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and continuously variable transmission. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, push-button start and dual-zone climate control, while available option packages include features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth and USB connections, navigation and a backup camera. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control round out the 2010 Altima Hybrid’s standard features.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid has great fuel economy ratings, but the 2010 Toyota Prius’ fuel economy estimates blow them out of the water. The Prius has an unconventionally-shaped body, but its aerodynamic design helps boost fuel economy. If you prefer a more traditional look and a hybrid that drives more like a gas-powered car, the Altima Hybrid is the better choice. The Prius has a lot going for it though, including more cabin and cargo space than most used midsize cars.

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid beats the Altima Hybrid with better fuel economy. Auto journalists liked the Fusion Hybrid so much they named it the 2010 North American Car of the Year. It was also praised for offering a driving experience that’s remarkably close to the gas-only Fusion, and reviewers liked its high-quality, comfortable interior.

Compare the Altima Hybrid to the Prius and Fusion Hybrid »

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