2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid Review

2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid The upcoming Nissan Altima Hybrid will be a bit of a first. Imagine the Camry Hybrid mashed together with the Accord Hybrid. The Altima Hybrid is all about fuel economy, but it has attitude, like an Altima should. The styling speaks for itself – everyone knows I’m a fan. 41 MPG in the city speaks pretty loudly too, though I’m surprised at the highway rating of just 35 MPG… I would expect much better.

So how did Nissan come up with the hybrid technology? They didn’t of course, they are using Toyota’s HSD system. The system works great, and the cost to develop a new system from scratch just didn’t make sense at this point for Nissan. So Nissan hooked up the fantastic HSD to their solid 2.5 liter 4 banger and smooth CVT for a fantastic drivetrain. The only problem? They won’t be releasing the Altima Hybrid in Texas, or 41 other states. Only states who have adopted California’s emissions rules will see this fantastic car. Boo.

2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid Specs

  • 158 HP 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 40 HP electric motor
  • $2,350 federal tax credit ( * Subject to change )
  • EPA Says : 41 MPG city , 35 MPG highway

2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid Reviews

The Detroit News reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and writes – ‘As for fuel economy, the hybrid’s official numbers are 41 city, 36 highway — or about 25 percent better than the four-cylinder Altima (26/34 mpg). While pricing won’t be announced until late January, close to the time the vehicle goes on sale, the base Altima hybrid should come in around $25,500. (Because it’s a loss-leader proposition anyway, it’s only a matter of how much the company wants to eat on each unit.) A car like our all-in tester — with navigation, rearview camera, leather and wood, satellite radio with Bose sound system and a slew of other conveniences and amenities — would likely run about $32,000.’

Cnet has up a quick video overview of the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid.

The Truth about Cars reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and writes – ‘The Hybrid’s accelerative performance doesn’t drip adrenaline either, but that’s expected in a car designed for thrift. As in its other applications, Toyota’s parallel hybrid drivetrain allows you to whoosh around slowly on electric power alone— or keep up with traffic, the gas engine phasing in and out with mild shudders. Brisk moves are accompanied by a strident, hollow drone from Nissan’s 2.5-liter, 162 horsepower four, but at least they’re on the menu.’

It sounds like TTAC doesn’t really get what the Altima Hybrid is about – gas mileage. Handling and acceleration are secondary thoughts when designing a hybrid vehicle, and the Altima is no different.

Motor Trend reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and writes – ‘We’ve driven it in early engineering prototype form and can tell you right now: It has the makings of a worthy product. The goals are near-V-6 levels of performance out of a four-cylinder engine, along with miserly fuel consumption and a Sierra Club-friendly emissions rating. Nissan starts with its own 2.5-liter gas-powered I-4; the assisting electric motor gives it more oomph and also serves as the starter.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and writes – ‘The Altima’s chassis is compliant on smooth, winding roads, but with an extra 306 pounds of hybrid equipment to carry, the suspension stumbles over rough pavement and sometimes floats on the freeway. After some initial harshness at low speeds, the engine and the electric motors work in harmony with the slick, silent, planetary-type CVT, culminating in a surge of impressive passing power.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and writes – ‘Licensing Toyota technology for the Altima Hybrid was a good cost-saving idea, but the execution is lacking. This hybrid feels unrefined, with abrupt transitions between all-electric and dual power modes, and I frequently found myself gently accelerating when moments before I had been at a steady cruise. The rest of the car is good, a notable step up from the previous Altima, but Ghosn should either commit to or quit the hybrid game.’

Published on January 24, 2007 in Nissan

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