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Pros: Exterior looks
Cons: Defects, cheap interior feel
Advice: Wait a couple of years before buying, inspect CAREFULLY when buying for defectsThis will be the car you love to hate, and hate to love. Good power, good handling, great looks. But lookout for the defects: radio static from ignition coil, thumping sound from gas tank, and the engine makes a fairly loud vibration sound in gear between 2500-3500RPM when cold. These problems have been only partially addressed by Nissan. Interior is comfortable, but plain and has a slightly 'cheap' feel. I would wait a couple of years to buy this model...
Pros: The style of the car
Cons: The trunk hinges
Advice: Skip the Accord, Camary, and all the others. Nissan scored big with this car.This car is the quickest four cylinder that I have ever had the privilege of driving. The car handles great, and is comfortable. I would recommend that you keep your money and get the 2.5 S with the convince package or the 2.5 SL. Skip the basic Altima, because the extras give it class.
Pros: It's amazing new styling
Advice: Drive and compare the 2.5L and 3.5LI was thrilled when I first encountered the new Altima! I had been considering more expensive options and was amazed to find out that I could get a gorgeous car with all of the options I was looking for. I first drove the 2.5 but was sold when I took the 3.5 for a spin. I love driving this car! Nissan should have renamed this car because it is worlds away from last years model. Bravo, Nissan!
Pros: Xenon headlights
Cons: Absolutely nothing
Advice: This is a great car. If you like cars that are sporty, have killer styling, and the economy of a V6; this is the car you want.I'm a father of 2, so I needed a car with room, practicality, and good looks. At first, I was going to buy a Honda Accord,then Nissan exploded with the 240bhp Altima for 2k2. I was blown away by the styling so I just had to have one. I got this killer deal from Star Nissan in NYC, so I test drove it and bought it the next day. So far, after 2 months, it has surpassed my expectations about an import. It's so fast, people have asked me if it's a turbo or on Nitrous. I just tell them no, it's brute force from Nissan.
Pros: The engine
Cons: The taillights, but they have grown on me.
Advice: I love this car!I love this car. Don't bother with the V6, the 2.5 is plenty powerful and with the V6 you need atleast 91 octane gas. Passing in this car is so fun! Excellent on gas. Also roomy and comfortable. Beware-it is very expensive to fix, I was in an accident at 3000 miles:(, nearly 6000$ to fix what should have been about 3800$. I rented a Malibu while it was in the shop and couldn't get over the difference. I missed my Altima!
Pros: Powerful V6
Cons: Floor carpeting
Advice: Consider this car before deciding on the competitionWe have owned Camry V6's in the past. The Altima V6 is just a better engine. Overall the car has performed beatifully. The price is hard to negotiate but worth it in the end. Unsure of the long term but from what I've seen so far, a solid car that turns heads.
Cons: 2x to the dealer for minor issues
Advice: A serious contenderThe Sentra really is an excellent car. I got a sporty looking car with an engine cheap and sturdy that's fun as hell to drive the materials are great. and I find that they stand out amongst the sea of civics out there