By KBB.com Editors
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 Bella on Monday, March 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"My first Nissan. Won't be my last. Plan to give this one to my daughter and keep 'Alice' in the family."
By dks on Monday, March 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Decent mileage; reliable; very low maintenance"
Cons: "Front-end impact resistance could be a lot better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Overall this is a very good car but I think a little pricey for what it is. We did get most all the bells and whistles on ours and the only mechanical issue in the three years we have owned this car has been the battery, which was replaced under warranty at no cost to us. All oil changes and tire rotations have been completed as required with the dealer. I am concerned about front-end impact though. We have had two front-end collisions while doing less than 5 miles an hour on impact each time; the vehicle in front had little to no damage to their bumpers; but this 2011 Nissan Altima basically crushed like a soda can in front and caused about $7,000 in repairs each time. No bodily injuries though, which is the main thing. Combination city/hwy averages just over 27 mpg, which I think is decent and hwy avg is 33, which I am happy with."
By KMK on Friday, March 07, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 5 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I use to own a Prius and was spoiled by many factors; however, I do not like the rear view mirror, the wide opening doors and large turning radius required to. I would never buy this car again. Unhappy motorist."
By genisis on Friday, February 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "excellent vehicle for the price"
Cons: "comfor on long distance driving could be inproved"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Really like this vehicle, although, when driving for more that 3 or more hours, the seat is not comfortable! When driving my wife's Camry, my butt does not suffer the same discomfort!"
By nick on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,200overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "peppy, convenient dash, comfortable seats"
Cons: "only 1 outlet, A.C. dosent get cold on hot days"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"the build quality of this car is not so good. I bought this car 4 years ago, and I had to bring it in to the dealership for repairs a number of times (under warranty).I had to replace the front headlight assembly because water got in it. Then I had to replace the rear brake assembly because water got in it too. I had to replace the belt tensioner 2 times and the serpentine belt too. Next I had to replace the drivers side armrest, It got worn from my elbow resting on it. The center console where my other elbow rests also is worn. There is a rattle from the maplights(something is loose up there)"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By COCOBINGHAM on Monday, February 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Plenty of space, great gas mileage,"
Cons: "Could use a better take off."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"There are so many cupholders and storage compartments. The mileage is incredible. This car is great on the highway! I love it."