Altima represents a sporty alternative to mid-size stalwarts like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Noteworthy changes for 2009 start with a substantial upgrade in standard equipment. Most models add automatic door locks, For 2009, the coupe has a glossy, painted grille. The Altima sedan launched as a 2007 model. The Altima Coupe and the Hybrid were introduced for the 2008 model year.
The Altima is a driver's car among work-a-day mid-size sedans. For drivers who appreciate sharp handling, the Altima excels. It connects with its driver and inspires confidence. It's steady and predictable in fairly extreme situations. Its suspension is firm compared to some competitors, but the Altima's ride isn't harsh.
The standard four-cylinder engine is one of the strongest in the class, but it still affords good fuel economy. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is rated 175 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque (170 and 175, respectively, in California)