The completely redesigned Nissan Altima is the Japanese brand's most popular family sedan.  The four-door Altima offers a sporty ride, comfortable accommodations and excellent fuel economy thanks to an impressive engineering effort from Nissan.  From a safety perspective, the Nissan Altima rewards buyers with seat-mounted side airbags and forward airbags up front, side curtain airbags that deploy along the entire length of the passenger compartment, and electronic stability control and traction control.

The Nissan Altima starts out with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that is good for 182 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, along with fuel economy of 27-mpg city and 38-mpg highway.  A continuously-variable automatic transmission is standard with both the four-cylinder and the optional 3.5-liter V-6.  The latter puts out 270 horses and 251 lb-ft of torque and features a fuel economy rating of 22-mpg in city driving and 31-mpg highway.

The base Nissan Altima 2.5 (MSRP $21,500) features power windows and door locks, keyless entry, an LCD vehicle information screen, Bluetooth integration and a CD player.  Upgrading to the Altima 2.5 S (MSRP $22,500) introduces a power driver's seat, a louder stereo system, and cruise control, while the Altima 2.5 SV (MSRP $24,100) comes with dual automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a USB interface, the ability to read incoming text messages out loud, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a remote starter.  The top-tier Altima 2.5 SL (MSRP $28,050) provides a sunroof, leather seats, a heated steering wheel and heated leather seats, and HID headlights.  Ordering the S, SV or SL trim with the V-6 engine under the hood increases the cost accordingly and can also add extra equipment depending on the model.

The Nissan Altima can be customized via the selection of several different options packages, including the Navigation package (seven-inch LCD screen, navigation system) and the Technology package (lane departure warning system, blind spot warning system, contents of the Navigation package).

A list of cars similar to the Altima includes the 2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Honda Accord and 2013 Hyundai Sonata.

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