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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#76 of 193 It is nice, isn't it.
Feb 20, 2004 (8:57 pm)
It is AMAZING how much better the Altima is with that new interior.
The layout reminds me a lot of the Camry SE.
Even the basic 2.5S has a nice interior and is in some ways nicer than the LX. The EX verison of the Accord still beat the Altima overall in interior design/materials, but the Altima is at least on par with it this time.
I could have brought the Accord LONG ago, but I had faith in Nissan and I knew they would improve that car with time. It has happened, and I am ready to get one!
The Altima's use of chrome is much better and the interior has an integrated feel to it that was never present in the 2002-2004s. The materials have improved and the design is MUCH MUCH better than before.
The Exterior changes aren't bad either and the new grille actually looks better than the older one.
Feb 20, 2004 (11:51 pm)
what a wonderful overhaul. i especially like the tasteful use of chrome around the shifter gate and around the gauges. bravo nissan for listening to your customers.
Feb 21, 2004 (1:57 am)
The one interior area where the Altima trounces the Accord is around the shifter. The Altima shifter area is definitely best in class, while the Accord shift area is below some of the domestics.
Feb 21, 2004 (6:44 am)
The automatic shifter used in the new Accord is the same design that was used in the 1986 Accord.
#80 of 193 $28,000 New Altima doesn't have ABS standard???
Feb 24, 2004 (5:54 am)
How can this be? Is this a misprint or what?? Isn't ABS a very important safety feature? then why is Nissan cheaping out on it, especially with the huge engine that comes with the V6??? Especially when you are shelling out $28,000? I think Nissan is the only company that doesn't make ABS standard with the V6!!
#81 of 193 Nissan's Motto with the Altima
Feb 24, 2004 (8:45 pm)
Want ABS? Pay extra! (Especially lame on the $26,500 to start 3.5SL).
And forget Nissan's stability control, you cant even get it on the Alti.
That said, I am a Nissan fan, and overall do feel the 2005 freshening has solved many Altima issues, but clearly- not ALL of them.
Feb 24, 2004 (9:29 pm)
Nissan should have made ABS standard on at least the 3.5SE and 3.5SL.
And on top of that, you can't get the airbags and curtains without the ABS.
Burns me up somewhat.
Feb 28, 2004 (10:15 am)
I sat in a 2005 today and I honestly don't see that big of a difference over the 2004. The plastic still seems kind of cheap and the seat fabric feels about the same. The instrument panel seems to have some red in it (instead of all orange) but it was daytime so I can't be sure.
The biggest disappointment is that they no longer have the arm rest that pops up. I thought this was one of the best features of the Altima's interior.
So I honestly don't know what everyone is seeing new in the 2005's. Maybe my opinion is slanted because I never thought the 2004 interior was that bad. Not as nice as Honda or Toyota, but not bad either.
If it was me, I'd go for a leftover 2004 or 2003 and save thousands while getting that cool arm rest.
Feb 28, 2004 (2:50 pm)
Why wouldn't you want ABS with the side bags? In fact, if I had to choose between the two, I'd take ABS.