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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.

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 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
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
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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