The Nissan Altima Sedan comes in three trims: The 2.5, the 2.5S and the 3.5SR. Both 2.5 trims share the same 2.5 liter 175 hp 4 cylinder engine. The base 2.5 comes with a six speed manual transmission, audio system with four speakers, 16 in steel wheels and a keyless entry and ignition system.
The 2.5 S trim of the Nissan Altima Sedan the 2.5 engine is met with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The S trim also boasts an AM/FM/CD/MP3 combo with auxiliary jack and six speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, automatic headlights and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
Changing to the 3.5 SR model of the Nissan Altima Sedan will net buyers a 3.5 liter 270 hp V6 engine that gives them a boost of power. The 3.5SR also comes with an AM/FM Stereo with 6 disc CD Changer and satellite radio. The system has an iPod/USB interface and 9 Bose speakers. The 3.5SR includes hands free Bluetooth, voice recognition system, sports tuned suspension and 18 inch alloy wheels.
Overall, the Nissan Altima Sedan is a decent car for the price range. Beginning at a little over $20,000, it is not the lowest priced option in a family sedan but it isn't the highest. It provides enough comfort and room for the average family and the handling and performance will impress those who aren't ready to move fully into a family sedan. The reason that the Altima is overlooked often is simply because the competition offers a bit more for the money and has become more widely known. Those who choose an Altima will generally be pleased with their purchase unless they wanted a feature packed vehicle.