Review: 2017 Nissan Altima

2017 Nissan Altima Review

If you're a Staunton driver looking for either a basic family car to get from point A to point B, or a fully equipped, near-luxury sedan that lets you ride in style, the Altima is an excellent choice.

With seven available trims, you can bet there's a model that's just right for you. Read on for our full review of the 2017 Nissan Altima:


From the base model to the premium, the Altima is available as a 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, SR Midnight Edition, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR, and 3.5 SL. The 2.5 model has standard entertainment with AM/FM/CD, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, four-speaker audio, Radio Data System, auxiliary input, MP3/WMA CD playback capability, and Bluetooth Audio Streaming. Upper trim levels also feature a 5-inch or 7-inch color audio display, Bose Premium Audio System, six- or nine-speaker audio, illuminated USB port with smartphone integration, and Sirius XM Radio.

For your convenience, each model is equipped with Bluetooth HandsFree phone system, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and push-button start. Also available are Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, NissanConnect Services, voice recognition, navigation, rearview monitor, hands-free text messaging assistant, dual-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key, remote engine start with Intelligent Climate Control, and cruise control.


The 2017 Altima passed safety tests with flying colors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores in all evaluations, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

All models have airbags throughout the cabin, LATCH child seat anchors and tethers, rigid body design with crumple zones, side-door beams, energy-absorbing steering column, and tire pressure monitoring system with Easy-Fill Tire Alert. There's also available Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Forward Emergency Braking.


This five-passenger sedan has a roomy cabin and ample legroom both in the rear and up front. You'll love the NASA-inspired, Nissan-engineered Zero Gravity Seats, ergonomically designed to seat you in a neutral position for support from the hips to the shoulders. The base model has 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable passenger's seat, cloth trim, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Upper trim levels are equipped with 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, leather-appointed seating, heated seats and steering wheel, and leather and brushed silver accents.


The 2017 Altima comes with two engine options. The base is a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. This option gets excellent fuel economy, at 27 MPG city and 39 MPG highway. Also available is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, getting 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway. Both options are mated to a continuously variable transmission.


Starting at $22,500 MSRP