Nissan Altima review
Although highly regarded in many countries as a high-performance vehicle manufacturer (think GT-R), Nissan in Australia is mostly considered competitive in a reasonable daily segment.
To try to lift their image, the Japanese giant entered the world of V8 Supercar in 2012 with a hot Nissan Altima V8.
At the same time, it introduced a staggered version of the Altima, to be honest, is a reasonable everyday car and no V8 engine. It sounds a bit disappointing, but the Altima is worth considering if you don’t want to follow the crowd. A crowd completely dominated by Toyota Camry, with Ford Mondeo, Mazda6, Subaru Liberty and VW Passat occupy most of the small positions.
The Altima is a competent four-door family car, built to high standards. It has four adults with legs and a bad range, five people are not too strong, but try if you have potential passengers on the bulky side. There are 500 liters of boot space.
An attractive feature of Nissan Altima is NASA’s US space agency that helped design its front seats. With great emphasis on comfort, the chairs have what NASA calls neutral posture, a comfortable posture that the human body takes on in a weightless environment. The seats help relieve muscle and spinal loads and improve blood flow.
The big surprise is that the Ti-S Altima aircraft has a smooth, powerful 3.5-liter engine.
Altima owners certainly told us that they were happy with their seats and they walked out of the car during long trips to feel relaxed and ready for more.
The styling is a strong point of the Altima and it has its own route, with wide horizontal chrome dominating the grille and large badge in the center.
The Altima is available in four variants: ST, ST-L and Ti with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 127 horsepower 230 Nm of torque. The big surprise is that the Ti-S Altima aircraft has a smooth, powerful 3.5-liter engine that gives you control of 183 horsepower and 312 Nm.
All models, four and six cylinders, have a CVT gearbox driving the front wheels. This ensures you get the correct amount of engine torque suitable for your road conditions and desires. We’re still not really passionate about the way CVT makes engine sounds, but realize that it’s the most effective way to travel.
If you disagree with the rates selected by the CVT, you can choose from different driving modes. V6 engines also have manual mode that can be operated by shift gear on the steering wheel.
Nissan was very good and actually founded in Australia, dating back to Datsun in the early 1970s and has built cars here for many years. Therefore, there are many agents with experience in many areas, with the concentration often seen in large metro areas, but the popularity of Nissan in the field of SUVs, with rudimentary, hard Patrol means is no shortage of agents and mechanics in the bush.
Spare parts are usually available and average prices, sometimes can be a little higher, for class. Some of the more unusual bits may not be available for Bullamakanka, but can often be delivered there in a few days.
The Altima is a complex model with a lot of high-tech features under the bonnet, in suspension and multimedia systems. It is best to leave everything to people who know what they are doing in the repair and maintenance.
Because Nissan Altima was once a big salesperson in Australia, insurance companies will have diverse experiences with them. This means that there is a larger gap than the average price. Shop around, and be sure to make accurate comparisons.
What are you looking for
The Altima is built to good standards and there are no frequent problems. However, it is subject to professional inspection after you have done the initial test to find out everything is obviously wrong.
Our favorite starting point is the left front wheel, it and / or tires can be broken due to poor parking. It could also be a sign of a driver.
Walk around to look for body damage, or repair signs like ripples in sheets, small paint stains on unpainted areas like glass.
Check if the engine burns up for a few seconds and doesn’t work. Four cylinders should be good, special V6 engines in its balance.
Complete interior look, including start up for signs of harsh treatment.
Use the owner’s manual as a guide, making sure everything works correctly.