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Vehicle Snapshot: The 2017 Nissan Altima

Updated Nissan Altima SR, blue

Updated Nissan Altima SR, blue

Nissan has always produced great cars and has grown in popularity year after year as a result. Everywhere you turn there’s a Nissan, and chances are it’s an Altima that you’re looking at.

Nissan’s quintessential family sedan has consistently been one of the company’s most popular models, and the 2017 Nissan Altima is carrying on that proud tradition.

The 2017 Nissan Altima comes with either a four-cylinder 2.5-liter or a six-cylinder 3.5 liter engine. The four-cylinder puts out 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the six-cylinder produces 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet. The six-cylinder engine will get you to sixty from a dead stop in 6.2 seconds, which is above average for its class.

In the United States, fuel economy for the four-cylinder runs 27 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway and the six-cylinder delivers 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.

Updated Nissan Altima interior

The Nissan Altima comes with plenty of standard safety equipment such as Stability and traction control, antilock brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, along with a plethora of other airbags located strategically throughout the cabin. Also available are forward collision warning and crash mitigation systems, rear cross-traffic alert systems, rearview camera, automatic collision notification, emergency assistance and stolen vehicle location services.

As far as safety tests go, the Altima passed with flying colors. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) awarded the Altima its top rating of Good in tests for side-impact, small-and moderate-overlap front-impact, whiplash mitigation and roof strength. A Superior grade was given to the Altima for its forward collision prevention system and received the top five-star rating for side impact and front crash protection and high scores for rollover protection.

The Altima has always had a reputation for smooth driving and handling and the 2017 Altima is no different. With its continuously variable transmission, the Altima’s smooth ride is generally taken for granted. The transmission shifts effortlessly without missing a beat or giving a hint that it is moving the car forward in another gear. The steering is responsive and silky and the braking is right on the money. Acceleration is powerful enough and quick enough to maneuver through the roughest traffic spots on the highway.

You can see for yourself when you test drive the 2017 Nissan Altima at Reedman Toll Nissan of Drexel Hill.

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