By Louie Avery
Nissan certainly had economy and comfort in mind for the driver with Pete Mankins’ 2017.5 Altima.
This mid-size automobile rates 27 miles around the city and 39 on the highway. It beats the competition, like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. Nissan designed this vehicle with lots of leg room in the front, rating 5-star protection for the person in command. It was a pleasant experience driving, the power-steering simple to handle.
Its modern lines on the outside will catch the eye of most viewing the Altima. There’s also the automatic on/off headlights for convenience. Sixteen-inch wheels provide a smooth and quiet ride around town, and the 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder engine provides 179 horses, with torque of 177 pounds per foot.
Nissan Altima has remote entry, engine start
There’s a quick entry to this modern vision with remote, which can also ignite the engine.
The driver’s seating has six-way comfort with the push of a finger. The dash appears simple in design, but has much to offer, even the base model.
A five-inch color audio display provides more than enough information. There’s voice recognition, and a hands-free texting assistant and hands-free phone system. The screen also features a rearview monitor, another new addition to most vehicles this decade. A USB connection port and two 12-volt DC outlets are included.
On hot summer days the air conditioning will cool you off in a hurry. The display between the speedometer and odometer provides advanced driving assistance. It also keeps you informed in regard to individual tire pressure. It’s a lot of technology for such an economical price, with a sticker quoting less than $24,000.
Further evidence of this car’s safety is its overall 5-star rating. It rates 5-stars protection for the driver and rear seat occupants.
The car can be dressed up considerably with more options. The leg room for the back seat riders could be expanded. That’s the only eye-catching change this driver saw during his test ride.