2011 Nissan Altima Overview
The sporty and sensible 2011 Nissan Altima returns with a few new color schemes after its visual refresh last year. Available as a coupe or sedan, the 2011 Altima seeks to add a dash of excitement to what is traditionally a more stoic segment.
The Altima comes with two engine choices for both coupe and sedan: a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 180 pounds-feet of torque, and a larger 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with 258 pounds-feet of torque. The four-cylinder is more than enough for most daily driving applications, but if you’re looking to throw a little spice into your daily driving, the powerful V6 is more than up to the task. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission, which increases fuel efficiency.
On the road, the Altima receives ratings of 18-23 mpg in the city and 27-32 mpg on the highway, depending on your choice of engine/transmission. For those who desire even more efficiency, there is the Altima Hybrid which is covered separately on this website. These numbers allow the Altima to compete with other midsize cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata.
On the outside, you will immediately notice the powerful bulging hood with a prominent Nissan badge in front. The coupe is shorter in both length and height from the sedan, and also receives unique styling with a different grille and lights, while the sedan gets a dual exhaust system. Both come with seating for up to five passengers and feature split-folding rear seats to help with the transport of longer items.
The 2011 Altima also packs features inside the cabin as well, with a few standard features usually not found on cars in this class like push button start and keyless entry with trunk release. Interior options include leather/heated front seats, a Bose audio system, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Nissan’s hard-drive based navigation system is also optional, and features a 6.5-inch touch screen monitor that accepts voice commands and has features such as built-in Zagat Survey restaurant reviews.
Safety features on the 2011 Altima start with side-curtain and side-impact airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system which all come standard. A backup camera is an available option which helps with safe reversing.
Delivering a safe, comfortable ride with a hint of sportiness that will keep you on the edge of your seat, the 2011 Nissan Altima arrives ready to impress.