The Altima's breadth of powertrain and packaging choices opens the door for lots of comparatively affordable variations on the theme that can meet and exceed the needs of all manner of mid-size sedan buyers — whether they're seeking basic transportation or want something with a more sporting character. When pushed around a hard corner, the car stays composed up to a point, helped by stabilizer bars in the suspension, standard equipment in all Altimas. The Altima suspension has been specially tuned for use with the Altima Coupe. The 2010 Nissan Altima has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. Driving around urban areas, the Altima Coupe stepped easily off the line without requiring pedal mashing. For even more sport, the 2010 Altima is also available as a coupe. However, the lines and contours of its crisply rendered sheetmetal display a bit more aggressive edge than you'll find in the Sentra or Maxima.
All Altima Coupes also utilize a parking brake hand lever versus foot release for Altima Sedans. But once you get the V6 version you will have a car that is fun to drive, that hardly waits to be pushed to its limits when the engine reaches the peak horsepower, and holds it there while the Altima accelerates around it. For 2010, Altima Coupe receives a revised hood, grille and front bumper, along with new projector beam headlights and standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. However, the Camry earns points as a reliable and practical midsize car. The 2010 Honda Accord Coupe is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2. Conventional Altima sedans offer the choice of an inline-4 or a V6. Also new is a next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.
This computer-controlled stepless shifter helps improve performance, economy and emissions. White-on-black main gauges are easy to read, the ancillary controls and center-stack switchgear is logically arrayed and the Altima's generous glass area provides the driver with good sightlines to the outside world. Even the low-volume, Altima 2. Even a quick glance shows that the Altima is rich in Nissan family cues, most notably in its new grille, headlamp and taillamp treatments. Both engines are made from lightweight aluminum, have four valves per cylinder and use continuously-variable valve timing to improve response and efficiency across their entire operating ranges. In addition to V6 power, the 3. The gauge appearance has been changed to incorporate a new white illumination color ad the automatic transmission finisher features a revised design.
Although definitely a disconcerting feeling, the high-rpm rubber band effect works just fine, and dispatching slow-moving vehicles on two-lane highways was incredibly easy. The center console includes a double front cup holder, among the many convenient cup and bottle areas and storage compartments. An impressive array of upgrade packages are offered for all but the base 2. After a successful redesign in 2007, the 2010 Nissan Altima gets a slight freshening for 2010, helping it remain current in a sea of ever-toughing competition. The Altima is projected to perform well in the residual value department, a key consideration that makes it an even more attractive purchase to someone seeking a solid long-term return on an automotive investment.
In terms of major body panels, the two cars share only a common hood, with all other panels, grille, headlights and rear combination lights unique to the Altima Coupe. Conclusion The 2010 Altima Coupe is a sporty looking coupe with a silhouette that mimics that of the Infiniti G37 and low seating position that will easily offer you the sensation of a proper sports car. Power train options for the 2010 consist of a 2. With light, speed-sensitive rack and pinion steering and a multi-link rear suspension, the coupe felt light and nimble; more at home picking apart tight, technical roads than bombing through high-speed sweepers. In addition to the many standard features of the 2. Other Cars to Consider The is a close rival to the 2010 Nissan Altima because it is just as engaging behind the wheel.
Ample power is supplied from a choice of two engines and two transmissions. If you opt for the 2010 Altima coupe, you should also be prepared to have a tiny back seat and trunk. The interior features plenty of well-textured, soft-touch materials, although Bluetooth phone system is fairly basic. This engine has been refined from the previous version, with a larger, equal-length intake manifold, increased compression ratio and reduced friction characteristics. Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles. For 2010, Altima Coupe receives a number of significant enhancements with new exterior styling, three new exterior colors, refined interior fabrics, a new available red leather-appointed interior color and revised option package content, including an advanced Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System and Bose® premium audio system with 7 speakers and a 4. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard.
. A number of items help to virtually eliminate torque steer on the Altima Coupe, including suspension geometry, an engine placement that is lower in the subframe and equal-length half-shafts that have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground than the previous platform design. And tackling the corners was just as easy. Available equipment packages include the 2. The V6 features reduced friction, improved cylinder head cooling and twin knock sensors. When we did floor the gas from a stop, the car responded adequately, not peel-your-eyelids-back fast, but with reasonable quickness. A RearView Monitor is also offered with the Premium Audio Package.
Four Well-Equipped Models The 2010 Altima Coupe is available in four well-equipped models: 2. While cornering the Altima Coupe fells light and nimble and offers great body control and remarkably communicative steering. The front buckets, although comfortable, could use a bit more lateral support. That wide selection helps it face off against the current best-seller, Toyota's popular Camry, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord — both formidable foes. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control are standard safety features on the 2010 Altima.
Press release The sporty, 2-door Nissan Altima Coupe enters its third year of production in 2010, once again offering a high-value, high-quality, high style coupe for Altima customers seeking a more personal expression of individuality and fashionable appearance. Finally, the Technology Package adds the upgrade Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System, 9. Currently the Nissan Altima has a score of 8. Those figures place the Altima line fairly close to its key rivals, the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Coupe also has a lower profile — at 55.
Press release after the jump. The big news inside, however, lands squarely on the enhanced entertainment and technology features. Its capabilities are mostly in line with a car in its class; get too crazy with it and the front-wheel-drive front end will head in the wrong direction. While not quite as dynamically sophisticated as the Honda Accord, the Altima's suspension soaks up minor road imperfections while delivering a comfortable and well-controlled ride over most surfaces. The new premium audio system includes a 4. Also available is a 2. In addition, a new Altima 3.