Used Nissan Altima Buying Guide

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Which Used Altima Is Right for Me?

Don’t let the middle-of-the-pack ranking of the 2016 Nissan Altima deter you from considering this sporty midsize car.

The 2016 Altima comfortably seats five and sits at No. 10 in our rankings of midsize cars. It’s important to remember that the midsize car field is crowded with contenders, which means that minor differences that might be imperceptible to most buyers – think extra USB ports or higher-end interior flourishes – will nudge cars down the list.

The Nissan Altima has been around for decades but came into its own in 1998 when the automaker completely overhauled it. This second-generation model even underwent a name change, from the Nissan Stanza to the Nissan Altima.

The true change in the Altima came in its third generation in the early 2000s. That’s when the automaker boosted its horsepower from 150 to 155, modernized its suspension, boosted its length by just over 2 inches, and added 16-inch wheels on certain trims. That foreshadowed the sophisticated yet jazzy styling of today’s Altima.

If you like the car’s look, you’d do well to consider it. There are a few significant differences among the various used models, so consider these distinctions before you buy.

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