2017 Nissan Altima Buyer's Guide

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Starting MSRP: $23,335 | Build

Above Average: Sporty attitude, attractive interior

Below Average: Infotainment, powertrain, steering feel

Consensus: The Altima is recommendable and worth a look, just make sure to also look at some others


A good among greats

A perennial sales success, the Nissan Altima has never quite been able to break through the glass ceiling that separates the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the hearts and minds of so many shoppers.

But it has never been easier to mention Nissan's midsize sedan in the same breath as those two automotive legends. The car is more competitive, thanks to a significantly updated body and interior. In addition, the Altima can satisfy the comfort-seeking commuter as well as someone who wants something with a little more flair. The 2017 Altima is a comfortable, roomy and efficient midsize sedan, but Nissan also added a sporty SR model to the lineup.

Driving It

A few observations from our full review of the 2017 Nissan Altima: "With the exception of the sporty SR trim, the 2017 Altima sedan is all about delivering a comfortable ride, quiet cabin and competent, but not sporty, handling abilities. Think Chevy Malibu and Hyundai Sonata rather than Ford Fusion or Mazda6. The SR trim does improve the Altima’s handling, adding a stiffer suspension and 18-inch wheels, but no extra power."

Nissan Altima Shoppers Also Look At

Altima SR

The newest member of the Altima family is the SR. In addition to its sporty styling cues, the SR has suspension tuning that's designed to provide better cornering than with the other Altima trim levels. The Altima SR is available with a 4-cylinder or V6 engine.

Build and Price

The 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan starts at a bit over $23,000 and tops out at just more than $36,000 with a V6, leather, moonroof and a host of cool technology upgrades. To find out how much you should really pay, build a 2017 Nissan Altima the way you like it and we'll give you the Fair Purchase Price, which reflects actual transaction prices before applicable incentives.

Comparison Test

The Nissan Altima was one of five midsize sedans we drove 600 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of our most recent Midsize Sedan Comparison Test.

More Midsize Sedans

The 2017 Nissan Altima is one of many appealing midsize sedans on the market, as detailed in our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide.

Photo Gallery: Nissan Altima Inside and Out

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