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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Oct 02, 2013 (6:54 pm)
I haven't driven one of the new models, but when I last drove an Altima as a rental I thought it was a good car. I liked it better than the last Camry I had. I've sometimes seen these advertised locally for even less. Nissan is going to go after a lot of sales, and I may have been wrong in guessing that Ford would top them.
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
Exterior: Cayenne Red Metallic (Red) Interior: Charcoal Status: In Stock Mileage: 6 Engine: Gas I4 2.5L/152 Transmission: Variable
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#19498 of 20239 Re: Altima [benjaminh]
Oct 03, 2013 (2:31 am)
When we bought our Accord in March, our decision was between it and the Altima. Drive the Camry but didn't care for it. I think the Altima is the nicest-looking, inside and out, of the three, and it has a killer Bose stereo. It was a very close choice for us. Ultimately we preferred the Accord's handling and its CVT is smoother. However, I'm sure we would also have been very happy with an Altima.
#19499 of 20239 Re: Altima [benjaminh]
Oct 03, 2013 (4:59 am)
I rented an Altima back in June. It was a nice car but I had two concerns: 1) at low speeds it was always "lugging" and 2) the airbag light for the passenger seat kept going off indicating it was not active. I stopped the car several times daily for my 105 lb wife to get out and back in to activate the airbag. Even when I (at 185 lb) was riding as the passenger the airbag was deactivated and I had to get out and back into the car to activate the airbag. I googled these two issues and found them to be very common complaints in the Altima thus I wrote off the Altima.
#19500 of 20239 Re: Altima [wayne21]
Oct 03, 2013 (7:49 am)
The airbag is a problem that should be fixable and probably isn't widespread or there would be a recall. Googling doesn't tell you much about any vehicle as there are many people with an ax to grind. CR hasn't mentioned it. I drove the car several times (as we had a very difficult time deciding) and didn't notice any such lugging. Some people complain of that in the Accord too but I haven't experienced it. What I did notice was a loud drone as the engine revved. That's one of the reasons we eventually chose the Accord. However, I do think the Altima is a very nice car with fantastic fuel economy.
#19501 of 20239 Re: Altima [suydam]
Oct 03, 2013 (12:11 pm)
I agree with your thoughts on the passenger airbag on the Altima, but it hasn't worked that way. There have been many complaints and a recall on the issue. Some who have had the recall repair done say it didn't work and that they have the same issue.
#19502 of 20239 Mid-sized Hybrid Sedan Sales
Oct 03, 2013 (1:07 pm)
For September 2013 the combined sales of Korean hybrids was more than the Camry h or Fusion h.
That would suggest Hyundai-Kia has totally worked out the bugs in their hybrid power train.
#19503 of 20239 Re: midsize sales for Sept [benjaminh]
Oct 04, 2013 (1:47 am)
....and the high cost of getting an SEL 3.6, plus the fact that the entire field has shifted to turbo 4's for the better mpg numbers you mentioned.
#19504 of 20239 Re: Altima [benjaminh]
Oct 04, 2013 (3:28 am)
That's funny you mentioned the color red. Almost all of the Altima's I see are red. It's a good looking car, just not into CVT. Also, the Maxima is awesome looking, but it also has a CVT and has too much hard plastic inside. A shame, because I love the exterior, especially the wide taillights.
Nissan did a good job on the Altima. My only gripe is that I think the "face" looks like it was stung by a bee. Kind of puffy cheeked.
Which mid-size is the best looking guys? Just on looks alone which one would you guys choose?
#19505 of 20239 Re: Altima [cski]
Oct 04, 2013 (3:59 am)
Imho the following are all good-looking midsize cars (all about equal for me): Fusion, Mazda6, Optima, Accord.
The less good looking cars, for me, are Camry, Altima, Malibu, and the Chrysler cars.
I used to sort of like the Sonata, but my opinion of it has slowly declined the more I see of it. I'm not sure if the look is aging well.
#19506 of 20239 Re: Altima [benjaminh]
Oct 04, 2013 (4:20 am)
I feel the same way, and agree on your taste... including the Sonata's styling. I think that if I was shopping for a mid size today I would be pulling my hair out over choosing one.
I am having a hard time placing the Passat. Half of me says boring bread box, the other half says European good looks. Most of me likes the 3.6 SEL though.
Hey, speaking of the Passat, didja know that the 6 speed automatic in the 3.6 SEL is an automated manual? That would kill the deal for me. A regular 6 speed w/ a real torque converter would last longer in this area.