HIGHLIGHTS: The 2017 Altima continues with its refined interior plus some additional connectivity after a big facelift in 2016. It's offered in seven trims powered by either a 179-hp 2.5-liter four or a 270-hp V6. A continuously varible transmission is the only option for sending power to the front wheels, though it's tuned to feel quicker off the line. The CVT progresses in steps, meaning it feels more like a standard automatic. All 2017 models have four-wheel independent suspension with Active Understeer Control, which senses a loss of front-wheel traction and applies the brakes to keep you in line.
BASE PRICE: $26,325
OUR OPINION: The updated Altima look — new grille and bumper, new front fenders — is attractive in an undestated way and Nissan's 2.5-liter I4 will be plenty powerful for most drivers; 179 hp is perfectly respectible in this class. Where Nissan has put most of its effort is the interior, which is comfortable and roomy in front, plus well-equipped even in base trims. We'd also bet this is the quietest midsize sedan on the market, and for some buyers, that's going to seal the deal. Enthusiast drivers probably will want to keep looking, though.
OPTIONS: Convenience Package, including Power Sliding Moonroof w/Tilt, Power Windows w/One-Touch Auto Up/Down, Rear A/C Vents, Auto-Dimming Inside Mirror, Homelink Universal Transceiver and Manual Folding Outside Mirrors w/LED Turn indicators ($1,350); Carpeted Floor Mats and Trunk Mat ($225); Navigation Package, including NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 7-Inch Touch-Screen Color Display, Voice Recognition for Navigation and Audio, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link ($580); and Cold Weather Package, including Heated Front Seats, Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Heated Outside Mirrors ($500).
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