Over the years, the Nissan Altima has steadily risen to become a midsize sedan worth a second look in a highly competitive segment. With the 2017 model year, the nameplate enters the fifth year of its fifth generation of production. No major changes are made on the car from the previous year. The 2017 Altima is available in five trim levels: the regular model (base-level), the S, the SR, the SV, and the SL. The SR includes a variant known as the “Midnight Edition,” which stands apart with a black spoiler, black mirror caps, and 18-inch lightweight gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels for a bolder, more dramatic appearance.
The 2017 Nissan Altima is designed as a four-door midsize sedan. The passenger volume is measured at 101.9 cubic feet. Trunk volume is measured at 15.4 cubic feet, with the option of folding down the rear seats to expand cargo room into the cabin. On the SR trim level, Nissan upgrades the driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustability and 2-way power lumbar support, and it’s the only model with a sports-style cloth seat trim. The SL stands alone with a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, front-seat and steering-wheel heating capability, and full leather upholstery. At the base level, the Altima counts Bluetooth connectivity, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, push-button engine ignition, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system, and a 5-inch color display called Advanced Drive-Assist® Display among its standard interior features. On the S, Nissan adds a rearview camera, hands-free text messaging, a smart key system (Nissan Intelligent Key®), cruise control, a 5-inch audio display, two more speakers, and speed-sensitive volume control. A remote engine start and stop system is introduced on the SR and higher, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio is added on the SV. The SL trades the four- or six-speaker system for a nine-speaker Bose set-up and welcomes a universal transceiver for remote-controlling garage doors and auto dimming on the rearview mirror.
The new Nissan Altima still maintains the dramatic styling of the fifth-generation model to emphasize a continued move into a more aerodynamic design language. Sixteen-inch steel wheels end up on the base-level and S trims; otherwise the Altima rides on 17- or 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Base-level exterior features include projector-type halogen headlights, a chrome-finished dual exhaust system, dual power-adjustable side mirrors, and active grille shutters. On the S and higher, Nissan add smart auto control on the headlights to automatically turn them on or off according to amount of outdoor light. The SR gets a lot more additions: fog lights for more penetrating illumination; a smoky, darker finish on the headlights and taillights, and a rear spoiler for heightened aerodynamic look and performance. Unique to the top-level SL are manual folding ability, turn-signal indicators, and time heating ability on the side mirrors. In addition to its previously mentioned distinctive exterior features, the SR Midnight Edition is the only trim to replace the halogen bulbs on the headlights with sharper LED ones, as well as get LED daytime running accents.
The 2017 Nissan Altima uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension—complete with ZF Sachs shock absorbers—for cutting down on turbulence on less-than-smooth driving surfaces. Thicker stabilizer bars and a tighter-wound suspension give the SR—as the most sports-oriented trim of the bunch—a firmer riding feel. Electronic hydraulic power-assisted steering ensures sharp and precise handling. And Active Understeering Control help give the Altima a smooth, controlled, and comfortable ride when taking a corner.
On the new Nissan Altima, you can choose between the QR25DE and the VQ35DE. The QR25DE—which you can get on any trim—is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The VQ35DE—which you can only opt for on the SR and SL—is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Tied to each engine is the Xtronic CVT®, Nissan’s branded continuously variable transmission that creates a smoother driving experience and promotes better fuel efficiency by eschewing the gear shifting associated with traditional transmissions. The SR trim, though, has paddle shifters installed on the steering wheel to give you the option of simulating a manual gear shifting experience.
The 2017 Nissan Altima comes with dual front impact, dual front seat-mounted side impact, and dual side curtain airbags to prevent injury during a car crash. Large disc brakes on all wheels keep stopping distances short—with anti-lock braking to prevent wheel lockup, and electronic brake-force distribution to properly spread out braking power to the wheels. And the Vehicle Dynamic Control system—complete with traction control—keeps you on the intended driving path and combats the possibility of skidding. Upgrade to the SV or SL to add a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert.
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