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2007 Nissan Altima

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2007 Nissan Altima Review

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When Nissan redesigned its midsize sedan for 2002, it turned out as big as the "flagship" Maxima. Because that Altima has sold strongly, Nissan kept the 2007 redesign evolutionary, concentrating on improvements. Lower engine mounting, for instance, aims to cut "torque steer" to near-zero. Either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) may be installed with the four-cylinder or V6 engine. This CVT, Altima's first, provides a kickdown comparable to regular automatics. Shift modes provide normal, economy and sport operation, with no strange "rubber band" sensation. A gasoline/electric hybrid sedan will arrive soon, followed by an Altima Coupe.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like CVTs as well as a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power, the Altima is an appealing, sportier contender when compared to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Anyone who values firm control on winding and challenging roads, without a loss of ride comfort, should appreciate the merits of the Altima's taut suspension—especially the sport-tuned setup of the 3.5 SE.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Naturally, if you simply cannot get used to the gearless operation of a CVT, the Altima isn't likely to appeal to you unless it has a manual transmission—though the kickdown feature makes the CVT feel more like a conventional automatic. Reducing the availability of anti-lock braking (Nissan offers it as standard only on V6 models, and not available at all for the base 2.5 sedan), is an unfortunate choice that several automakers are making lately as a cost-cutting measure.

What's New for 2007

Slightly smaller in this fourth generation, Nissan's midsize sedan can have an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the first time. Striving for the best-performing front-wheel-drive sedan in the world, Nissan claims to have addressed perceived weaknesses of the 2002 through 2006 models, including interior quality, noise levels and steering effort.

Driving the Altima

Driving Impressions Seriously substantial, each Altima model demonstrates superior handling capabilities coupled with a satisfying ride. In 3.5 SE form with manual shift, it's especially enjoyable on twisting roads. A beautifully-behaved clutch...

adds to the pleasure, though the shifter is a bit vague. Although the taut suspension yields greater body motion on imperfect surfaces, ride comfort doesn't suffer. The four-cylinder sedan also blends ride comfort with adept handling. You hardly notice lesser bumps, and Altimas make quick work of deeper ones. Even the four-cylinder delivers exuberant energy with only moderate engine noise. As expected, Nissan's CVT performs with satisfying smoothness.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Nissan has taken the lead with CVTs, which have been produced since 1992, though not installed in U.S. vehicles until more recently. For the Altima, the CVT benefits from a passing kickdown feature as well as a choice of three modes, and the CVT-equipped sedan accelerates without excessive engine noise.

Sport-Tuned Suspension (3.5 SE)
With its tauter suspension and undeniably sporty control, plus excellent steering characteristics, the V6-powered Altima 3.5 SE performs masterfully on twisty two-lane roads, offering fine road feel and connection to the pavement.

2007 Nissan Altima Details
2007 Nissan Altima photo Interior

Seat cushions in the "high-hospitality" interior have been lengthened and offer good thigh support. Seatbacks are taller, but back support isn't quite up to par. Especially with leather upholstery, you may sometimes feel as if you're about to slide downward. Front occupants can stretch out comfortably. Abundant glass translates to super visibility and a low cowl permits expansive views ahead. Gauges are basic, but easy to read. Doubled in volume, the glovebox is now deemed "jumbo-size," because no part of the air conditioner is behind it. A new dual-pivot brake pedal promises normal "feel" at both low and high speeds.

Exterior
2007 Nissan Altima photo

Built on an all-new "D" platform, the Altima rides a wheelbase that has shrunk by nearly an inch. Overall length is 2.5 inches shorter than the 2002 through 2006 models, and windshield pillars have moved forward. In its 2007 form the sedan's "stance is still aggressive," according to Nissan, but in a slightly smaller size. In consideration of the car's many new features a shorter wheelbase was needed to keep weight down, but Nissan claims the Altima offers "the same room inside." Wheel arches are considerably more pronounced. Taillamps were reworked, but have kept the basic look of the prior generation. Body rigidity has improved, too.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even in the base 2.5 trim level with a four-cylinder engine and stick shift, the Altima includes power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, "Intelligent Key" with a pushbutton start feature, a split-folding rear seat and 16-inch tires. Three additional trim levels are offered: Four-cylinder 2.5 S (with SL package available), plus the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL. The 2.5 S adds air conditioning and a CD player. Sport-minded drivers can choose the 3.5 SE, which includes a sport-tuned suspension, V6 engine, power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels. Curtain-type and seat-mounted airbags are standard. Anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard with V6 models, but optional for four-cylinder models (except the base sedan). Traction control is standard with the V6, and upper models may be fitted with optional Vehicle Dynamic Control.

Optional Equipment

A navigation system with Real-Time Traffic information is available. Additional options include a RearView monitor, Bose-developed nine-speaker audio, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio and heated front seats. High-intensity discharge headlamps are offered on V6 Altimas.

Under the Hood

Nissan's fourth-generation 3.5-liter V6 generates 270 horsepower (up 20) and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder develops 175 horsepower. Both engines can work with either a six-speed manual gearbox or Nissan's continuously variable transmission (CVT), which incorporates 700 algorithms and a kickdown feature and offers a choice of three driving modes. A gasoline/electric Altima Hybrid sedan goes on sale early in 2007.

2.5-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (manual), 22/28 (automatic)

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2007 Nissan Altima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1033 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Nissan Altima's the best!! We've owned 3!

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have bought 3 brand new Altima's over the years and now have a Nissan Pathfinder! You get reliability & great looks! These have been the most reliable cars ever!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

all around is the best

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "all around fun car!"

Cons: "they stopped making the coupe!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Plenty of power,excellent handling and braking, very comfortable especially on a road trip cruising 55-60 gets about 41 mpg, although cruising 78-80 gets about 33.4 mpg and that's 2 people with luggage and the a/c on! What's not to like?! The Bose, the dual a/c, sunroof, power seat and siruis xm are highly recommended! An unsolicited option is the adjustable console armrest; another like!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good car overall. Poor rear wheel bearings

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Seat was comfortable for wife's short legs"

Cons: "Locking system is not correct"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Had to replace first rear wheel bearing at 135,000 and other rear wheel bearing at 150,000 6 months later. Did first one myself with bearing costing $150.00 and had second bearing done for $327.00 out the door cost. I have done all needed maintenance at the 100,000 miles mark. Car is well maintained. Worst thing is you cannot count on the car locking you out even with the key(s) close within the noted range. We were locked out with the keys in the car in my wife purse in the front seat and had to have a tow trucker operator unlock the vehicle. Nissan dealer said they needed to recreate or they would not do anything about. Don't know what recreation would have done in diagnosis except to create believably. It is all over the internet about 2009 and before locking problems and they acted like they never heard of it before me coming in dealer. Good things is that a 2010 Altmia owned by family apparently has corrected the non existent problem Some issue with the air bag light and the weight turning it off"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

3 altimas and more to come

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had three altimas that was all I have ever own I had a 98 which was great for my first car, no problems and we made and for its age it looked great! than I had a 2008 and I owned that for under a year due to a flood / huge rain storm it look the car and it was a total loss and I got more for it than I paid! now I have a 2009 Altima sl and im in love these are the best car I have no problems with the snow being fwd! I have had the 2015 for a rental and I love it! I really m I Nissan lover for life I love all of there cars! they build great cars! Nissan is the way to go they hold up in value and mine still looks new people stop me and say is that a maxima lol"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Bought NEW in 2007 and has been the best car ever!

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "dependable, fuel efficient and looks nice too"

Cons: "none - 100% pleased"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this 2007 Nissan Altima NEW (had a 2005 Altima - lease previous and loved it). The 2007 has been an excellent, dependable and fuel efficient car. New tires in almost 8 years - that's it! My husband owns a 2007 Nissan Murano (also purchased NEW same year) and it has been awesome as well. Nissan lovers for sure."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

I Love my car and take it serious!

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,829

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car to own I enjoy the ride on freeways"

Cons: "I see me coming and going"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Over all review I want to keep my car no longer than 5 years. I have rode this car drove this car and heads turns when I ride up in this car, especially young men. I have pinstripes professionally done, added sun visor to the moon roof and spoiler profession done. Windows are limousine tinted with minor wear and tear. I have added a navigation system attachment."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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