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2009 Nissan Altima

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2009 Nissan Altima Review

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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 love – and may be a deal breaker for others. Offering more horsepower and torque than the Toyota Solara and only one less pony than Honda's new Accord Coupe, the Altima Coupe definitely has the goods to compete in an increasingly competitive market segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

With two doors and a much sportier feel than the sedan, the 2009 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 2009

The 3.5 SE gets a set of 18-inch alloy wheels with larger 235/45R18 tires, while all Altima Coupes now feature automatic door locks and a new high-gloss black painted grille.

Driving the Altima

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.

XM NavTraffic
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.

2009 Nissan Altima Details
2009 Nissan Altima photo Interior

The front bucket seats are unique to the Altima Coupe, adding body-hugging support padding and giving the interior a more sports car-like feel. Pouches on the lower fronts of the seats also add some additional storage spaces. The dash and instrument panel illuminate in a warm amber color and have a similar layout to that in the Altima Sedan. The trunk is wide and rather shallow; it can, however, be enlarged by folding the 60/40 rear seat down and extending items into the cabin if needed. Headroom and legroom, as with any coupe, are not particularly abundant in the rear seat, but the front bucket seats should comfortably accommodate even those with longer legs.

Exterior

The Altima Coupe may share a platform and hood with the Altima Sedan, but with a shorter wheelbase, slightly lower roof, short front and rear overhangs and larger tires, it looks much more aggressive and certainly sportier than its four-door relative. The door windows have been elongated, with the rear side windows being almost porthole-like. The back end is by far the most distinctive and angular part of the vehicle, and it may prove to be the feature that people either love or hate, with a low, sloping rear window flanked by wrap-around diamond-like tail lights. The V6 adds wrap-around turn-signal repeaters and larger wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5S has keyless entry, push-button ignition, air conditioning, cruise-control buttons mounted on the steering wheel and an AM/FM six-disc stereo with auxiliary audio input. The 3.5SE adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, a power sliding moonroof with sunshade, traction control, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat and heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals. Both models also have six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), seat-belt sensors, front-seat active head restraints, a tire-pressure-monitoring system and a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat to aid in carrying longer items in the trunk.

Optional Equipment

Options include XM Satellite Radio, a Bose FM/AM six-CD player with nine speakers, speed-sensitive volume, a HomeLink Universal Transceiver and Bluetooth. Other options of note are the 6.5-inch touch-screen Nissan Navigation System with real-time traffic information and a rearview monitor that helps drivers deal with blind spots to the rear. Leather seating, an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and Vehicle Dynamic Control are also available.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Altima Coupe shares its two engines and transmissions with the sedan, offering a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 paired with either a six-speed manual or the automatic Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The four-cylinder, predictably, delivers better EPA fuel-economy ratings. The available Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) offers very smooth operation and gives the driver the option of manual control. The V6 with the automatic has a "sport" function that offers faster manual control by electronically taking into consideration the driver's perceived intentions.


2.5-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
170 horsepower @ 5600 rpm (California)
180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3900 rpm
175 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3900 rpm (California)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual), 23/31 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (manual), 19/26 (automatic)

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2009 Nissan Altima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 930 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best car

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500

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
9/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "seat too hard & long for someone with short legs"

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

"This is the only car I have ever owned that I still like 4 years later! I usually want something different within the first year. It has a comfortable ride, excellent horse power. Something I never would have thought of as a "perk" is it has a lot of drink holders. My friends car doesn't and it actually makes a difference. My only negative to this car is that I find the drivers seat uncomfortable but then I have short legs. Other than wishing the seat was softer and didn't hit the back of my knees...this car rocks!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle ever owned

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,600

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "best value for price"

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

"It hardly had 1500o miles on it since i bought it july 2012. I maintained it single handedly and its brand new. check out by yourself with no scratches."

Rented a 2014 Nissan Altima and my 2011 was better

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,321

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: "Stops on a dime, great handling and suspension"

Cons: "The salesman told me it had bluetooth-false"

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

"This is a great car with some of the best handling and long trip ease I have ever enjoyed. The suspension keeps you from getting tired on long trips and it will stop on a dime! Love my car! It always feels new though I have had it since the end of 2010!"

very fair price buy used and save money

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "smooth transmission great gas mileage"

Cons: "engine is a little noisy`"

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

"Excellent driving CAR. reliable and safe very good on gas the hybrid model gets high 30's in town and the same on the highway .This is one of three Nissan cars I have owned for sure one of my favorites."

Very Nice Efficient Vehicle

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"2010 Hybrid that we have owned for 2 years. Great driving and riding car, quiet, smooth, good acceleration, no problems. We have gone on 2500 mile trip and love the car. We average 33 mpg, got over 35 on the trip @ 70 plus. Also owned a 2008 Prius so I know hybrids and this is a good one. Only complaint is the bottom of the power driver's seat is too thinly padded. If you can find one, buy it."

Best car I have ever owned and truly a blessing

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Sound system, excellent gas mileage, controls,"

Cons: "VSC, no turning signals on 2.5s, CVT"

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

"I bought my '07 Altima 2.5 SL new off the showroom lot of June 2007 its been the best greatest car ever drove with it being my first new ride at age 18 as a birthday present. My Altima is smooth, excellent gas mileage, nice interior with great features that was standard with Bluetooth, navigation, rear camera, intelligent key with push button ignition, steering controls, spoiler, moon roof, larger front seat space and trunk size. Altima handles tight but CVT can be sluggish at time otherwise the 4 cylinder I got in this car is a blast. There are few wind noise hear from time to time nothing major still my car gives me a great ride on highways. I love the seats and body style of these vehicles from 2007-12 which are my favorites from this model year. I had only minor things go wrong with my baby just replaced set of tires, 2 batteries, brakes and heater need fixing. I hope can get many more years out my Altima some people talk negative about Nissan but don't maintain your vehicle that is on you. The car is almost 7 years old no matter how long it ages always use Nissan synthetic oil and change fluids as recommended by my dealership to keep her road worthy for a long time. Bose sound is the best ever heard in car love the frequency sounds gives me from all nine speakers with resonant bass includes XM radio and 6 dash in changer with AUX input. My car might be older but looks really a beautiful car to drive. Nissan did the best decision ever making these cars they are great and reliable no wonder it beat Camry and Accord in sales from few years becoming the second best selling car in America awesome!!!!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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