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Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Coupe’s small back seat and trunk
  • Imprecise manual transmission in coupe




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2011 Nissan Altima Overview

The 2011 Nissan Altima strikes a nice balance between being an exciting performer and practical family sedan. When the Altima was new, reviewers liked its powerful engines, crisp handling and smooth continuously variable transmission (CVT). If you don’t need the sedan’s practicality, the 2011 Altima is also available in a coupe model. The Altima’s interior was praised for its modern styling, while the exterior received positive comments for its sporty personality. The 2011 Altima also earns up to 23/32 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good compared with other 2011 midsize cars.

Despite its many positive attributes, the 2011 Nissan Altima’s safety ratings are low. The Altima coupe has a miniscule back seat and trunk and some reviewers noted that even the Altima sedan was a little cramped when they sat in the back seat. Several test drivers also said the 2011 Altima lacked the refinement inside that many of its rivals have.

The front-wheel drive 2011 Nissan Altima has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A CVT comes with all sedan models, while a six-speed manual or CVT can be found on the Altima coupe. Standard equipment on the Altima S includes push-button start, a six-speaker stereo and cruise control. Automatic headlights, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, navigation and an upgraded stereo with USB and Bluetooth connectivity were all available on higher trims or in option packages when the Altima was new. Standard safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Altima, the 2011 Ford Fusion’s performance is one of its best attributes. Test drivers liked its athletic handling, available all-wheel drive and brisk acceleration with the available V6. With its roomy, well-equipped interior and strong safety ratings, it’s easy to see why the Ford Fusion was named our 2011 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families.

The 2011 Honda Accord should be on your short list if you prioritize practicality abd safety. Though test drivers agreed that the Accord is not as fun to drive as the Altima, they liked its comfortable, quiet ride and refined engines. The 2011 Accord sedan has lots of room inside, but it’s also available as a coupe if you prefer two doors.

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