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2007 Nissan Altima

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2007 Nissan Altima Review

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The Nissan Altima Hybrid provides yet another alternative in a list of midsize hybrid sedans that will be missing the Honda Accord Hybrid in 2008. But Nissan is hedging its bets. Not only does the Altima Hybrid trail the introduction of the gasoline-electric pioneers — Honda Insight and Toyota Prius —by several years, Nissan is also making it available only in those states that have adopted the more stringent emissions standards pioneered by California. Besides California, that list includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Altima employs technology developed by Toyota — the solidly-proven Hybrid Synergy Drive, which is used under license by Nissan.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Altima delivers an appealing combination of midsize sedan interior roominess with hybrid fuel efficiency, plus the athletic responses and braking performance that distinguish the Altima among its contemporaries.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Altima's battery pack and other hybrid hardware add almost 400 pounds to curb weight and reduce trunk space by about 50 percent. And if you want a hybrid that can't be mistaken for anything else, such as Toyota's Prius, the Altima may not send a strong enough visual message.

What's New for 2007

There has been some conjecture that continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), such as those used in some Nissan vehicles, can deliver fuel savings comparable to hybrids, and at much less cost. However, that contention, valid or not, has met with lukewarm response from environmental groups and new-car buyers looking for fuel savings, air quality benefits and the appeal of owning a hybrid.

Driving the Altima

Driving Impressions The Hybrid shares the firm ride, brisk responses, limited body roll, precise steering and excellent braking that make all Altimas fun to drive, though some of that is mitigated by...

the extra mass that goes with the hybrid system. The Hybrid's electric motor gives it a power bonus versus the standard Altima, but the extra weight imposes some penalty on acceleration, so the actual performance differences between the two are small. However, as with all hybrids, prolonged heavy acceleration will exhaust the battery pack, whereupon the system falls back on engine power alone.

Optional Power Energy Flow Display
This center-stack screen continuously monitors what the various elements of the hybrid system are doing when the Altima is in motion: When the car is operating on engine power alone, when the electric motor is adding a power boost, when regenerative braking is replenishing battery power and when the electric motor is functioning as a generator.

Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT)
Like other CVTs, this "gearless" automatic helps to optimize fuel efficiency and its operation is exceptionally smooth.

2007 Nissan Altima Details
2007 Nissan Altima photo Interior

One of the shortcomings of the previous-generation Altima was an interior treatment that seemed to scrimp on materials, an issue that has been rectified with the current car. In addition to improved interior quality, the new Altima's instrument package is easier to read, and the Hybrid edition includes the option of a central readout that tracks the activities of the hybrid system; it's useful for owners who want to maximize economy and it's also entertaining to observe. The sporty front seats are exceptionally supportive and the glovebox is commendably roomy.

Exterior
2007 Nissan Altima photo

The latest Altima is slightly downsized from the previous version — 2.5 inches shorter, on a wheelbase that's been trimmed by almost an inch — but looks sportier, thanks to a slightly wider stance, a windshield with a steeper rake and distinctive taillights. However, aside from a small badge on the trunk lid and aluminum alloy wheels specific to this model, there's little to distinguish the Hybrid from the rest of the Altima lineup.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like most contemporary midsize sedans, even the basic Altima is well equipped, and the Hybrid is a little more so. Standard features include power locks with remote keyless entry, power side mirrors, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio and a steering wheel with tilt and telescope adjustment, plus spoke-mounted switches for the cruise control. Safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with four-wheel discs, dual-stage front seat airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Altima Hybrid options are grouped into three packages, which essentially build on one another. The Convenience package adds an eight-way power driver's seat and a one-touch up/down function to the front passenger window. The Connection package includes Convenience package features plus a power moonroof, side-mirror turn signal repeaters, leather trimmed seats (heated front) with driver's power lumbar support and a premium AM/FM/CD nine-speaker Bose audio system with the choice of XM or SIRIUS satellite radio, plus Bluetooth phone connectivity. The top-of-the-line Technology package includes Convenience and Connection package features plus Nissan's navigation system, a rear-view camera, a hybrid power energy flow tracking display and XM satellite radio with real-time traffic reports.

Under the Hood

Although the hybrid technology comes from Toyota, Nissan has adapted it to Altima powertrain hardware. The engine is the Altima's basic 2.5-liter four-cylinder, detuned slightly (from 175 horsepower to 158) and augmented on demand by a 40-horsepower electric motor. Power goes to the front wheels through a Nissan electronically continuously variable transmission (eCVT). Like other transmissions of this type, the Nissan eCVT does not shift gears as a conventional automatic transmission. This results in smooth acceleration that can be somewhat disconcerting until you become familiar with its operation. Like Toyota hybrids, the Altima is capable of creeping along on battery power alone, and its electric motor becomes a generator that renews the battery pack when the car is coasting.

2.5-liter in-line 4 with 105-kilowatt Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor
158 horsepower @ 5200 rpm/40 horsepower@1500 rpm(198 net horsepower)
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm/199 lb.-ft. of torque @0-1500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 42/36

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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 24 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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