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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 every other angle. And while some will fall in love with the distinctive angular rear design, it may be a deal breaker for others. Offering only one less pony than Honda's new Accord Coupe – but falling far short of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe's 306-horsepower – the Altima Coupe nevertheless has the goods to compete in an increasingly competitive market segment.
With two doors and a much sportier attitude than the sedan, the 2010 Altima Coupe is a boldly-styled vehicle for those who want to get noticed. The reasonable price certainly doesn't hurt, either.
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.
For 2010, the Altima Coupe receives a revised hood, front fascia and wheel designs, as well as new fabrics and interior trim. All models now feature Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as standard equipment and last year's 3.5 SE is rebadged as the 3.5 SR. New audio and technology features include a revised nine-speaker Bose stereo and a hard-drive based navigation system with 9.3 GB music storage, XM NavTraffic, NavWeather and streaming audio capability.
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.
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.
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, and a new optional red leather interior offers a splash of individuality uncommon in this class. The dash and switchgear illuminate in a warm amber color that contrasts nicely with the bright white instrument cluster gauges. 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 side mirror turn-signal repeaters and larger wheels.
The 2010 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 3.5 SR adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, a power sliding moonroof with sunshade, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat and heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals,, while the SR with the manual transmission gets the Premium and Leather packages with Bose audio, leather seating, Bluetooth, heated front seats and more. Both models also have six airbags, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) traction and stability control, 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.
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 and weather information, steering-wheel mounted navigation controls and a rearview monitor that helps drivers deal with blind spots to the rear. Leather seating and an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) are also available.
The 2010 Altima Coupe shares its two engines and one transmission with the sedan (the manual is unique to the Coupe), 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). Predictably, the four-cylinder 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: 23/31 (manual), 23/32 (automatic)
270 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)
By Ben2All50 on Saturday, October 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great styling, comfortable"
Cons: "CVT, so-so gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I've had this Altima for 3 years. Here's a list of pros and cons. PROS * Nice styling inside and out * Comfortable seats * Lots of legroom front and back * Quiet, comfortable ride * Push button ignition. Keep the keys in your pocket, purse, etc. (You'll find yourself walking up to any other car and forgetting to hunt for the keys.) * Good handling in snow and slippery roads * Controls feel solid and intuitive * Vents high in center dash vent cold A/C air above your hands so they don't get cold CONS * So-so mpg. 24 winter 26 summer 28-30 if all highway * Expensive CVT trans fluid changes. Min. $200. Kind of wipes out whatever fuel savings the CVT is supposed to create. * CVT has a somewhat annoying motorboat sound when accelerating--high steady throttle gradually tapers off as car speed increases. * Very touchy gas pedal makes smooth starts difficult * Heat comes forward from under dash so the hot air comes up to your face but can leave your feet cold * Plastic center console creaks when your arm is resting on it"
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By HENry on Saturday, October 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable, awesome to drive.. smooth when driven."
Cons: "dashboard has cracks from heat. cover will fix it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"the car is smooth when driven.. only issue is the dashboard has been slightly melted and small cracks.. the rest of the interior still like new... i guess the heat is what ruined the dashboard.. to me it is still minor.. a dashboard cover can fix the problem.."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By DragonWrathChylde151 on Saturday, October 11, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This was my first brand new off the lot ever purchase. It had maybe 100 miles give or take a few as I drove away. Payments were extreme, but given $0 down and not to good of credit -- can you blame them? When I was deemed disabled due to multiple diagnosis and lost my job, I filed for a disability claim with the disability insurance I had purchased with the car. Only to have it repossessed in the middle of the night, where the repo company dropped it causing damage to the vehicle that the Nissan Motor Finance Company tried to bill me for. Financial institution aside this is a very fun, energetic, luxurious, sporty little sedan."
By Snake on Saturday, September 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Well appointed and comfortable. Drives nice."
Cons: "Front end too low, body parts not sturdy."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"It's a comfortable, well appointed car but the front end is too low and always getting damaged. The body doesn't hold together well, minor bumps and scrapes cause parts to detach. The interior is very nice, convenient and comfortable."
9 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By speedfan on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable to own and maintain."
Cons: "Engine noise, headroom, fuel milage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Has been affordable to maintain, no large expenses for repairs. Dealer has taken care of a couple of small problems at minimal cost. Car should use more headroom, I am 5'10" and it is still tight. Fuel milage is average, 26 hwy on trips, should be a little higher on a 4 cylinder. Interior has held up well and paint is as new after 80,000 miles. Overall room in vehicle is excellent, keyless is pretty handy for daily use."
13 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By rlcox on Sunday, September 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "It's beauty, it's performance, etc."
Cons: "The seat gets a tad bit hard after LONG drives"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this model of the Altima. It is sporty, sexy, just a beautiful car. What a disappointment the new model is. I think they think they made it better but it is ugly. My hope is that we can keep my car going with regular maintenance. I LOVE it!"
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful