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2010 Nissan Altima

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2010 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 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

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 2010

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 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.

2010 Nissan Altima Details
2010 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, 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
2010 Nissan Altima photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

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 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.

Under the Hood

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)

3.5-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)

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2010 Nissan Altima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1022 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
    9.1/10

Great car

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

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
9/10

Pros: "See below"

Cons: "See below"

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

"This car is the best I have seen at this price point. Quiet, good ride, excellent pick-up with the 6 cylinders, (though the 4 cylinder lacked pizazze) good handling, interior fit and finish is good. Rear seat room and overall headroom is good as is trunk space. On the down side it sits a bit low so is somewhat problematic for a person with back or other relatively minor mobility issues to get in and out of."

Looks like a sports car!

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Sports car look for a great price!"

Cons: "Rather bland interior/dash,cramped back seats"

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

"This car is a looker, especially in red! I smile whenever I look at this car after it has been washed and waxed. The designers of this car knew what would attract any car admirer! The CVT transmission is amazing! It is only a 4-cylinder, but has plenty of power, and still gets great gas mileage. I have been told that Nissan engines will run forever, as long as you keep them maintained. So glad I bought this car. Only wish I had found one with leather and navigation. Next one I buy, I'll get one with every option offered. What a car!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Mid size sedan with comfort, plenty of room

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"This car has plenty of room, comfy for trips and good driving dynamics in general. Even with the 4 cylinder it has decent power but the 3.5 V6 model is fun."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Rusty junk, bad company and bad dealer

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Transmission and fuel economy are stellar"

Cons: "Rust perforation after 2.5 years"

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

"2010 Altima SL is showing rust perforation and Nissan won't repair it under warranty so I'm frustrated. I like the transmission, the car is comfy, but it leans and sways when cornering. Sound system is good but rarely reads my iPod, so I can't listen to what I want. Power is good. Leather seats are hard. Trunk looks big but the hinges wipe out about 30% of the usable space. Can't wait to trade it in so some other sucker can deal with it. I'd never buy another Nissan. My Camry is still running after 18 years."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A solid reliable car!

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive"

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

"My wife drives this altima. A SE 6 cly. This is our 2nd altima. The first one was a 2005 6 cly. Bought them both new. Now shes thinking another new one. A very reliable car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

This vehicle is an amazing machine.

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,090

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: "Plenty of power, leather seats, bose audio, AC"

Cons: "Slots for coins could hold a little more."

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

"I have been driving this car for a little over a year now, I have no complaints. I am paying above KBB for the car but that was to be expected, my credit wasn't the best. The thing that softens the blow is how amazingly comfortable this car is, as well as how reliable it has been. The features are many and the comforts are just as plentiful, I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking to purchase."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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