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Nissan Altima, Sedan
Jul 27, 2002 (6:09 pm)
"Mass appeal has no relationship to quality". But why are Accords bestsellers anyway? Leading to their mass appeal. How did they get there? Certainly it is not the formula that Nissan used up to now.
Accords may have lagged in the HP, Torque race but there is no car in its category that runs smoother, more efficiently, and runs forever than an accord.
they may be bland but I bet 5 years from now, a 1997 accord will look sleeker than a 2002 Altima.
Maybe its just me but I like to see a car which is done just right in every aspect. Size, Power, Interior quality and ergonomics, efficiency, reliability and refinement. Can an Altima have all those? Hmmm, I am not sure....But I am sure the Accord especially the 2003 can.
Jul 27, 2002 (11:41 pm)
Well,they are all kind of cars out there
choose the one you like.
I am thinking about the new altima 4 cyl a/t
How is the power? does the car get up and go
at a decent rate? the car look big, when you drive the car does if feel that big ei,parking at the mall things like that.
greetings from sunny Miami.
Jul 28, 2002 (7:26 am)
"Accords may have lagged in the HP, Torque race but there is no car in its category that runs smoother, more efficiently, and runs forever than an accord."
We have been averaging near 30MPG in a mix of city/highway in our 02 Camry, which provides responsive acceleration, and I think it was CR that said the Camry 4 was the smoothest 4 they've tested. I was also impressed by the Altima's 2.5 engine when I test drove it... pretty refined for such a large and powerful engine, though I dont know about fuel milage. I can't comment on durability (with only 10K on our car), but maintained well, most any engine can edure. (Except of course, given my luck, the POS 1.5L in my 94 Civic). In anycase- I dont think your assertion is correct (and if anything, it barely makes sense gramatically). The Altima 4 and especially the Camry 4 rival if not better the Accord 4.
Jul 28, 2002 (8:21 am)
I rented one this weekend for a trip to Tampa and all I can say is, WOW! This car is incredible in every aspect of driving. It held 5 of us with luggage in comfort and cruised like a champ on the interstate. Milage was very impressive also. Compared to our '01 Altima, there is no comparison! Hate to give it back tomorrow, really.
I hope the new Accord is something special, it needs to be! The spy picture I saw does look very cool though.
#3630 of 4962 JFigueroa...
Jul 28, 2002 (10:53 am)
The Altima 4 should have plenty of power. I have never driven one, but the press says the Altima 4 is the quickest 4 out there. They do say, however, it's not the most refined. Like I said though, I have not driven one so don't have any opinions.
I have heard the Camry's crash performance was a bit low, and that would shy me away from the car.
#3631 of 4962 Beach...
Jul 28, 2002 (10:55 am)
You should have a car to an empty parking lot and try driving a stick shift, from what I am told. I tried driving on the street once in a pickup truck, but stalled 23 times! I counted, it was 23. I was letting the clutch out quickly though, and was told recently by my manager at work that you are supposed to ease it out. Maybe I will try again with a clutch.
I would like to have a stick shift, but no one else in the house can drive a stick shift. If I learn, it will be cool, but if I have an emergency, then no one else will be able to drive my car.
#3632 of 4962 2002 Altima V6 vs. 4 Cylinder
Jul 28, 2002 (3:19 pm)
Hello. Figured I'd start a thread to discuss in detail the impressions/reviews of folks who have driven the 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder variety of the Altima. For the enthusiast, I'd imagine the 6 cylinder w/ the manual tranny is the pick of choice, however for the every day commuter how does the 4 cylinder w/ the auto tranny compare?
Jul 28, 2002 (5:04 pm)
I would love to have the 3.5SE, but I can't afford that much for a car. I would be satisfied with the 4 I think, especially since I commute ~100 miles a day for work.
#3634 of 4962 jopopsy
Jul 29, 2002 (5:39 am)
I own the 3.5 manual transmission and test-drove the 4-cylinder auto while I was shopping. For everyday driving, the 4-cylinder is sufficient. It's not pin-you-in-your-seat fast, but it has enough to get you onto the highway without worries, even with several passengers in the car. I have read that the 4-cylinder handles a bit better than the V6 because of the lighter weight, but I didn't get that impression from my short 15-minute test drive.
I chose the manual V6 combo because the car is much more fun with that powertrain. It's also my only car, so I don't have the luxury of having a second "fun" car to drive on the weekends. My best advice would be for you to test drive both and see what you think you can live with.
#3635 of 4962 jfigueroa1
Jul 29, 2002 (5:44 am)
You are right, the Altima is a big car. The turning circle is pretty large, so parking lot maneuverability can be a problem. However, my previous car was a small sport coupe, so my viewpoint might be a little skewed.
On the road handling is good. There is very little body roll and the suspension does a good job of keeping everything in check. The car feels pretty light despite its large size.