During the ongoing New York Auto Show the Japanese car manufacturer presented its fourth generation 2007 Nissan Altima mid-size sedan. As usual for the brand, the vehicle is a good example of an utterly uninteresting, characterless exterior and not particularly inspiring exterior. However, the looks department is not of the most important here. Nissan’s pitch here is, of course a comfortable, spacious living space for the driver and passengers, as well as a nice set of features that make it a serious competitor to its archrival Toyota Camry, which is, too, not the most beautiful vehicle on the planet.
With a quarter of a million units sold in the year 2005 alone, the third generation Altima was one of the most popular sedans of this class offered on the U.S. market with a list of direct competitors that includes not only the aforementioned Japanese Toyota Camry, but also Honda Accord of the same origin, as well as Hyundai Sonata and Mazda6 that, as far as I know, was originally designed for the European market.
Now the Japanese company tries to build on this success. Somewhat regretfully, the manufacturer approached the problem somewhat mechanically taking a long list of features wanted by focus groups and adding them to the new model’s specification when economically feasible. More legroom? Check. Longer wheelbase? Check. More fuel-efficient engine? Check. More organic, less generic exterior? Are you kidding me?
Anyway, the all-new 2007 Nissan Altima comes equipped with an advanced Xtronic CVT mated with either 2.5-liter 16-valve DOHC in-line four-cylinder gasoline motor (175hp @ 5600 rpm, 180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm) or the VQ-series 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 engine that features more than 265 horsepower at 255 lb-ft of torque.
Both choices seem to be adequate for the relatively lightweight vehicle, although there is a chance that the larger powerplant would be more fun to drive if the standard transmission won’t spoil everything with its long gear selection time and overall melancholic attitude.
In both trims, the car may be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Although the vehicle’s wheelbase has become 23 millimeters (almost an inch) shorter, the new Altima’s interior dimensions remained more or less the same.
In fact, its rear-seat legroom is considered to be the best among its main competitors, although the front seats don’t offer enough volume for the rear passengers to comfortable put their toes under the front chairs.
It is also worth mentioning that the vehicle’s new interior is not just facelifted to match current trends.
The car’s new cabin sports more expensive, better quality materials that, while not turning the Altima into a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, still provide the driver with better experience than the outgoing model that was known for its economy-class interior.
The 2007 Altima also offers a wide range of options such as Intelligent Key with Push Start Ignition, which is better known as “Renault Card” (while some remote access systems require you to insert the smart key into a special slot on the dashboard, the French-developed technology simply requires you to have the card in your pocket); Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, RearView Monitor and an advanced navigation system.
Prices and technical specifications are yet to be announced.
2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 technical specification
Base Retail Price (MSRP): $16,000
Body Type: 4-door sedan
Layout: front engine, FWD
Engine: 175hp @ 5600 rpm, 180 lb-ft (243 Nm) @ 3900 rpm, 2.5-liter, 16-valve, inline-4
Transmission: Xtronic CVT or a 6-Speed Manual gearbox
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: N/A
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase): 189.8 / 70.7 / 57.9 / 109.3 in
Ground clearance: N/A
Track (frt/rr): 61.0 / 61.0 in
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 37.4
Curb Weight: 3142
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo Volume (seats DO NOT fold): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Kia Amanti, Mitsubishi Galant, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry