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The Altima has become a real bread-and-butter vehicle for Nissan so, when product planners looked for ways to expand the model line-up, they looked to the popular sedan for inspiration. With the hood the only shared body panel, the affordable Altima Coupe manages to look unmistakably Altima from the front and yet undeniably sporty-two-door from the back, thanks to a distinctive angular rear design that some will certainly loveand may be a deal breaker for others. Offering more horsepower and torque than the Toyota Solara and Honda Accord Coupe, the Altima Coupe definitely has a leg up on its competition but may find a new challenger in the redesigned Accord Coupe.You'll Like This Car If...
With two doors and a much sportier feel than the sedan, the Altima Coupe is a boldly-styled vehicle for those who want to get noticed. The reasonable price certainly doesn't hurt, either.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you commonly drive with more than one passenger and need a large trunk, the Altima Coupe may not suit your needs, even with a 60/40 flat-folding rear seat.What's New for 2008
The 2008 Altima Coupe is a new addition to the Nissan line-up, sharing few parts with its sedan relative. Priced less than a 350Z, the coupe allows more budget-minded buyers to still get a sporty and distinctive-looking car within the Nissan family.Driving It Driving Impressions
With a shorter wheelbase, lighter overall weight, sportier suspension and body-hugging seats, the Altima Coupe feels responsive, yet comfortable enough to drive in everyday traffic. The speed-sensitive power steering adjusts nicely to driving conditions to accommodate both low and high speeds, making steering fairly effortless both on freeways and in parking lots. While the manual transmission is the less-expensive and more fuel-efficient choice, the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides a more controlled and smoother drivability, something passengers may appreciate. Overall, the 3.5SE with V6 handles perceptively better than the four-cylinder 2.5S, thanks to traction control, a sportier suspension and larger tires.Favorite Features
Optional RearView Monitor
Since the rear of the Altima Coupe has two blind spots that make driving in reverse and changing lanes slightly awkward, this feature makes backing out of a parking space a little easier.
This option allows drivers to see real-time information regarding traffic conditions on the navigation screen. On a long trip, the system can even reveal conditions ahead, so a driver can make decisions early about possible alternate routes.