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2009 Nissan Altima Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by clearedforils

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Reviewed: 2009 Nissan Altima

4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

Why the 2009 Nissan Altima?

Past personal experience

I have had past experience with a Nissan Maxima and Nissan Titan. Both vehicles were very reliable, competitively priced, and sporty.

Powertrain performance

With the CVT, this car has a lot of get-up and go.

Fuel economy

I had a 4 cyl Toyota Camry that got about 21 mpg. The 6cyl Altima with CVT gets 21.8.

Discounts & incentives

I purchased the 2009 at the end of 2009, and received a $2000 rebate and 0% financing. Cant beat that.

Safety & braking

Passenger airbgs for the kids, is what I was aiming for here. The braking could be a little better I think.

Why Not the 2009 Nissan Altima?

Ride smoothness

It drives like a sports car with a tightly tuned suspension, which can get annoying for around the town trips with the family.

Audio & nav systems

The Audio system would not play MP3 disks, which I thought was pretty standard these days. I changed it out with a Alpine to hook up my iPod.

Exterior styling

I dont really like the headlights, they just look big and boxy from the front. Should have gone for the BMW 6 series lights, by cutting out some of the top.

Controls and instruments

What I was getting at here was how the climate controls work. For example, in the morning, I am trying to defrost my windows, but a truck is spewing smoke at me, but I cannot select the air to re-circulate unless I have it on feet, which does not defrost.

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