Curvy, dramatic styling mimics bigger brother Maxima and gives the Altima an upscale vibe. Engine choices are either a 182-hp 2.5-liter four or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6, both with a CVT. The SR infuses a little fun by adding stiffer suspension tuning, paddle shifters, and unique wheels. Forward emergency braking with adaptive cruise control creates a robust active-safety bundle. Overall, the Altima is a capable sedan with a decent options list and a roomy, comfortable cabin.
The Maxima is hardly a four-door sports car but its dramatic styling, comfortable cabin, and extensive list of features make it a compelling choice. There’s a 300-hp 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood but it’s mated to a CVT and drives the front wheels. Navigation is standard, as are two touch screens and dual-zone automatic climate control. Moving up the range adds goodies like semi-aniline leather seats, Bose audio and access to NissanConnect—a full suite of telematics and live concierge services.
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