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Advice: Negotiate vigorously when considering options/features!The 2002 Nissan Altima took my breath away! I tested the 2.5SL model and was amazed that a 4-cylinder could drive so powerfully. The acceleration is fantastic but be careful, it can really get away from you. This year's model is completely redesigned and is more attractive than its higher-priced big brother, the Maxima. The interior cabin is spacious and gorgeous, with soft comfortable leather. Large trunk, fold-down back seats. The new design is as stylish as some of the higher-end foreign cars such as the Audi A4 or VW Passat. I'm impressed to say the least.
Pros: Leg room both in front and in back
Cons: Absolutely nothing!
Advice: If you want a 5 speedDrive this car and love this car! Don't let the salesperson pitch you on the 4 cylinder. Get the 6 cylinder with the 240 hp. It's definitely worth it! I had a 97 Jetta prior and loved that car. I was considering getting a 2002 Jetta but they just don't have the horsepower. You want speed? Get the 3.5 SE!
Pros: Hold on cause when you give it the gas she's gone!
Cons: The trunck and gas door release are in a funky spot.
Advice: Set a price in your head and don't back down they really want to sell these cars so make them do it!This baby handles like its on rails.I was concerned at first of the price vs. performance issue,but after driving this mean machine i knew i had to widdle the dealer down.There was no way i was leaving the lot without one.There is a little road noise but what do you expect when your sitting 3in. off the ground.This will be our family car till it falls apart and my little race car when the wifes not looking.
Pros: STYLING & COMFORT.
Cons: LIMITED WARRANTY RATHER THAN BUMPER-TO-BUMPER
Advice: COMPARE AND THEN TEST DRIVE THE VEHICLE.I WENT IN THE DEALERSHIP TO LOOK AT A NEW MAXIMA AND I ENDED UP TAKING A TEST DRIVE IN THE NEW ALTIMA WITH THE 2.5L ENGINE AND I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE PLEASED. INITIALLY, I THOUGHT I WANTED THE 3.5L (6-CYL) BUT I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THE GET UP AND GO ON THE 2.5L WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION THAT I PURCHASED THE MODEL WITH THE 2.5L ENGINE AND I HAVE NOT REGRETTED MY DECISION SO FAR...
Pros: The whole interior - it looks and feels like a much nicer car than the price indicates
Cons: Some of the exterior styling isn't as modern looking as the other cars I looked at
Advice: Definitely get it, but don't get radium like I did! Get a pretty color!This vehicle is an excellent choice if you are in the market for a small sedan. The interior styling is great, you get loads of features, and for much less than some other cars with very cheap looking interiors and half the features. My car has been nothing but reliable so far, and from what I know of Nissan, I expect nothing less in the future. I highly recommend it!
Pros: 3.5 L 255 hp engine
Advice: It doesn't do justice unless you get the fully loaded Maxima.I have owned two Maxima's before, a 1987 and a 1991. Both were excellent cars. I test drove the 2002 and fell in love. Nissan was loosing it's touch from 1995-2001, I still loved Nissan's but something was gone. They have found their way again with the totally redesigned Altima the 3.5 VQ engine in their line-up. The Pathfinder is better than ever, Sentra Spec, the new Z car and best of all the fully loaded most powerful Maxima ever.
Pros: Great combination of power and economy
Cons: firm suspension doesn't soak up bumps as well as some other cars
Advice: Be sure to test drive this vehicle before choosing another car.Looks great. Handles and corners well. Plenty of power from the 175 hp 4 cyl. engine. Reasonably quiet. Smooth transmission shifts. Lots of standard equipment. Very good milage.