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2009 Nissan Altima Coupe - Overview

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2009 Nissan Altima Coupe

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Built on Nissan's "D" platform
  • New standard features on the base model
  • Standard automatic door locks
  • New exterior color choices
Overview
The Altima is Nissan's best-selling model, with a diverse model range including 4- and 6-cylinder gasoline models, hybrid models, and a choice between sedan and coupe. Nissan's popular U.S.-made Altima sedan was first introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the Nissan Stanza model. The first- and second-generation Altima models were both equipped with 4-cylinder powerplants, denoting its economy-car roots. The third generation, arriving in 2002, was available with a 6-cylinder powerplant that nearly matched the performance of the Nissan Maxima, its larger sibling. An all-new, fourth-generation Altima Sedan was introduced in 2007, followed by an all-new Altima coupe in 2008. Nissan's plan was to develop a whole new car that shared common parts to help improve brand awareness and expand the Altima's appeal to a wider audience. For 2009, Nissan has added more standard equipment across the lineup, and changed many of the color options.

Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 Nissan Altima during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.

Model Lineup
Consumers have many options when choosing a 2009 Nissan Altima. The Altima coupe is available in four models: 2.5 S 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SE 6MT and 3.5 SE CVT. The Altima Sedan is available in 2.5 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SE 6MT, 3.5 SE CVT, 3.5 SL CVT, as well as Altima Hybrid trim. With the exception of the hybrid model, both the transmission type and engine displacement are included in the model name, hence the extra letters and numbers. All 2009 Altima models feature standard items like a 60/40 split/fold rear seat; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers; power windows/lock/mirrors; Intelligent Key; cruise control; air conditioning; anti-lock brakes (ABS); and 16-inch steel wheels. New for 2009, all models now include an automatic door lock system, and speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers among other enhancements.

The 3.5-liter gasoline models feature upgrades such as steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; auto on/off headlamps; fog lamps; power moonroof; traction control system; leather-wrapped steering wheel; heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals; power driver's seat with manual lumbar support; glovebox valet switch and lock; and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The 2.5-liter gasoline models and Altima Hybrid model may be fitted with the optional Convenience package, which includes alloy wheels, power driver's seat, auto on/off headlamps, steering wheel audio controls, and other niceties. The optional Premium package includes a Bose audio system, satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, leather seats and dual-zone auto climate control.

The 3.5 optional Premium package adds many non-standard features from the 2.5 Premium package. The optional Technology package may be added to either trim level, and includes a navigation system and rear camera.

Powertrain
Nissan's Altima Sedan and new Altima coupe come in several performance flavors. The gasoline models include a 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine, good for 175 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine good for 270 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.5 is one of the VQ engine-series powerplants, and is found in myriad other Nissan cars and SUVs. The inline 4-cylinder engine has a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV) rating, and in California it loses about 5 hp and 5 lb.-ft. of torque. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or the continuously variable transmission (CVT) with either engine. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.5S with the manual transmission are 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway, while the CVT gets 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway. On the bigger V-6 engine, estimates are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the 6-speed manual, and 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the CVT. The Altima Hybrid Sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 hp and assisted by a 40-hp electric motor. Mated to a CVT, EPA fuel-economy estimates are 35 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Standard on the 2009 Nissan Altima Sedan and coupe are anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and a vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system which Nissan says is designed to deliver nimble handling at any speed.

Safety
Standard safety items on the Nissan Altima models for 2009 include front and side air bags for front-row occupants as well as the side curtain bag for all outboard riders. Zone body construction is designed to provide initial impact protection with front and rear crumple zones. Active head restraints, the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are also standard on all 2009 Altimas.

The 2009 Altima Hybrid Sedan has been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); it scored 5 stars-the agency's highest rating-in both frontal and side-impact testing. The 2009 Nissan Altima coupe has also been crash tested by the NHTSA. It received 4 stars in frontal testing, and 5 stars in side-impact testing. When crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2007-09 Nissan Altima received a "Good" rating (the Institute's highest score) in frontal offset crash testing.

Technology
In addition to the hands-free Bluetooth cell phone availability in the Nissan Altima models, the optional Technology package offers a navigation system with a 6.5-inch color monitor. Included with the package is Nissan's RearView Monitor, a backup camera that uses the navigation screen to display the area behind the vehicle to ease in parking and increase safety while reversing, and XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information. On vehicles equipped with the Technology package, the navigation system may be controlled with steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Available Trims for the 2009 Nissan Altima Coupe

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2.5 S (M6) 6 speed manual $21,750 175-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 23/32
3.5 SE (M6) 6 speed manual $26,390 270-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 18/27

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