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2008 Nissan Altima Coupe test drive

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2008 Nissan Altima coupe engine

Powerful 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine is neatly packaged under the Altima's hood

Photo © Aaron Gold

What I liked about the Nissan Altima Coupe:

  • Looks fantastic
  • Good to drive
  • Nice level of standard equipment

What I didn't like:

  • Tiny back seat
  • 4-cyl version lacks decent tires, electronic stability control
  • Most desirable options are bundled into expensive packages

Who should buy the Nissan Altima coupe:
Buyers who want a great looking car at a reasonable price

Who should not buy the Nissan Altima coupe:
Folks with a family or friends to haul around

Details and specs:

  • Body style: 2-door sedan
  • Seating capacity: 5
  • Trim levels: 2.5S, 3.5SE
  • Price range (including options): $21,195 - $31,895
  • Test car model/price: Nissan Altima 2.5S coupe, $29,105
  • Base engine: 2.5 liter inline 4 cylinder, 175 hp @ 5600 RPM, 180 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
  • Optional engine: 2.5 liter PZEV-compliant inline 4 cylinder, 170 hp @ 5600 RPM, 175 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM; 3.5 liter V6, 270 hp @ 6000 RPM, 258 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
  • Premium fuel required? V6 only
  • Transmissions: 6-speed manual, continuously variable automatic (CVT)
  • Driveline: Front engine, front-wheel-drive
  • EPA fuel economy estimates: 23 MPG city/32 MPG highway (2.5 manual), 23/31 (2.5 automatic), 19/27 (V6 manual), 19/26 (V6 automatic)
  • Where built: United States
  • Standard safety equipment: Front airbags, front-seat-mounted side (torso) airbags, two-row side curtain airbags, antilock brakes
  • Optional safety equipment: Electronic stability control (V6 only)
  • Major standard features: Power windows, locks, and mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, air conditioning, CD player
  • Major options: Navigation system, satellite radio, sunroof, backup camera, Bluetooth phone compatibility
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain, 5 years/unlimited mileage outer body rust-through
  • Roadside assistance/free maintenance: 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance

Best rivals:

  • Honda Accord coupe
  • Toyota Camry Solara
  • Pontiac G6
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Excellent, Member ctalavera

I love this car (3.5 L coupe), the engine is very powerful, interior are perfect. I bought it one month and I'm really happy. Congratulatios Nissan you created a really good car

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