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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 1046 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

I love this car

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, reliable, comfortable, stylish"

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

"I have had this car for the past 4 years and bought it from my parents who drove it off the lot. I love it. It has been a reliable car, no major issues or concerns. I am just starting to have to change brakes and some of the other more expensive but basically maintenance stuff. I had to replace a weird switch for the push button start a couple of years ago, but it wasn't expensive or difficult. It is a very comfortable and stylish car that still looks as good as new. It has aged really well already. I'm looking forward to how well it does for the next 100k miles."

Best Vehicle I've Owned

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "4 cylinder....should have got V6"

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

"I have owned a chevy cavalier and Mazda 6. I purchased this car new in Nov. 2010. I've have never had an issue with this car."

Solid midsize sedan

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Quiet, smooth, solid handling, reliable, fuel econ"

Cons: "Rear leg room, CVT refinement, passenger seat"

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

"Top trim level 2.5SL with leather & Bose stereo. Quiet, smooth ride. Sharp handling for its class. Excellent factory stereo. Large trunk. Folding rear seatback. Very comfortable driver's seat with multiple power adjustments, BUT passenger front seat not adjustable (only fore-aft/seatback tilt. CVT calibrated for max fuel efficiency so can 'lug' a bit at times. Outstanding mileage for this much room (actual ave 24-27mpg city/suburban,33-35mpg highway @ 70-75mph). 100% reliable with nothing but routine maintenance."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fun to drive, comfy and reliable car

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Gas saver, reliable, good looks"

Cons: "bad after sales service"

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

"I love this car. The style was better than the boring Camry and Accord. My first Nissan car and I am pleasantly surprised with the great reliability and performance. It's a hybrid and saves me a lot on gas. It has room and power same as a regular sedan unlike the Prius. I took it only one time to the shop for a major engine repair but it was still under warranty so no worries. The only problem is the after sales service by Nissan. The dealer have only few people and could not catch up with the growing number of Altima and Leaf owners. It takes an hour and a half just to drop off your car so it is like losing 3 hours (including pick-up) of your precious weekend just to have it serviced."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I was a nice ride even after 120K

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Love this vehicle...wouldn't have sold it had I not been pregnant...it had a sporty ride, transmission is not noisy at all"

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Best experience I have ever had with an automobile

By on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

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

Pros: "Drives smooth, great on the hwy, 18 gallon tan"

Cons: "None"

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

"Having retired from GM after 30 years in 1999, I have owned a lot of cars. Not saying I haven't had some great experiences with those, especially since I bought a new car every 6 months. I bought my Nissan used and have had it for 5 years and, other than normal maintenance, I have not any problems with this car whatsoever. When I look at it, I forget that it is 7 years old. It still feels new to me."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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