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Old 01-09-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Nissan Altima Ranks No. 1 in Mid-Priced Sedans, Consumer Reports Says


The Nissan Altima ranked first in Consumer Reports’ ratings of mid-priced

sedans. With a one-point difference in scores, the Altima eked ahead of the newly redesigned Honda Accord, which had long held the top spot.

Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat followed, respectively.
It was the Altima that helped Nissan North America close 2007 with sales nearly 5% ahead of 2006, bucking the industry's trend for lower sales, according to Edmunds.com's analysis.

In fact, Nissan enjoyed the highest percentage sales increase of the Big 6 automakers in the U.S. market. Altima led the charge with sale up 22% for 2007.

In what could be viewed as good news as well as bad news, Nissan is extremely dependent on the Nissan. It sold more than twice as many Altimas as the entire Infiniti division sold total vehicles, and the Altima outsold all other Nissan cars combined.

In addition, the Altima helped move Nissan North America closer to the 1-million mark for annual sales, and closer to American Honda in total sales.

In the Consumer Reports’ test the new and bigger Accord lost a point to the Altima because it isn’t as quick nor does it achieve the fuel economy of the previous generation Accord or the Altima, but still achieved an “excellent” rating”, the magazine said.

Also included in Consumer Reports’ of tested mid-priced sedans were the new Ford Taurus (formerly the Five Hundred), Dodge Avenger, Kia Amanti and Subaru Legacy.
The magazine called the Taurus “a solid, if unexciting contender” in the segment. The Kia Amanti was marked down for fuel economy – “not a strong suit,” the magazine said. The Subaru Legacy lost points for its “snug” interior and less responsive four-cylinder engine.
Reiterating what many auto critics have been saying, the Dodge Avenger ranked at the bottom of the class because, the magazine said, “the car feels cheap and underdeveloped,” with “a stiff ride, suspension noise, lack of agility, tight quarters, uncomfortable seats, and substandard interior fit and finish.” Chrysler is rumored to be fast-tracking changes on its just introduced Avenger, and its sibling, the Chrysler Sebring.

The article appears in the February issue of Consumer Reports and online.
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"In what could be viewed as good news as well as bad news, Nissan is extremely dependent on the Nissan."

As opposed to Nissan being dependent on the Toyota or teh Honda. heh. love those typos.

i drove an altima back in high school and i liked it a lot. probably one of my favorite cars.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
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They picked that thing over the gorgeous new Accord?

I've never thought too highly of the Altima.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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Perhaps you need to drive one. I drove one of the older ones and it was better than I thought it would be. The newer one has a much upgraded interior which was one disappointing area in the old one. Consumer Reports isn't exactly the bible on car testing so I'll reserve my judgement until I drive one.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:54 PM   #5
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I owned a MY97 Altima SE for many years and it was actually a car that I enjoyed very much.
I have driven the 2nd and 3rd gen Altimas as rental and were also very nice.
The 4th gen is so much better overall than the previous three gens from what I have read, but, as of yet I have not driven.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:22 PM   #6
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i dig the new altima coupe more then sedan, but nothing will be as impresive as this! i've only seen 1 conversion stateside.

The engines used in the Japanese models ranged greatly in capacity and type. The SSS ATTESA LTD model used a redtop SR20DET (154 kW/206 hp). This was a similar engine/drivetrain package to the Pulsar GTi-R (169 kW). It had only a single throttle body as opposed the GTi-R multiple throttle body, smaller bearings, hydraulic rather than solid lifters, and a smaller turbo. The GTi-R had a large top mount intercooler, while the SSS ATTESA LTD had a smaller front mount intercooler. The Bluebird SSS was set apart from the North American Altima in that not only having the SR20DET and AWD ATTESA as an option, it also had power folding retracting mirrors and a rear wiper if equipped with a spoiler.
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^^ That has a dent in the front fender exactly where mine had one.

I got to drive a new Altima V6 manual and I was really impressed. As quick off the line as a WRX with a much much higher quality interior. About the same price as a base WRX iirc.
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