2007 Nissan Altima Review

The Nissan Altima. Just speak that around a Nissan exec, and you’ll get a look of wonderment. The Altima is the vehicle that saved Nissan from bankruptcy early this decade. For 2007, the Altima is brand new, on a fresh new platform. All 3 transmissions are new – the manual gained a gear so its’ a 6 speed now, and both automatics( 4 and 5 speed ) are gone, in favor of a smooth CVT. Now I’m leery of CVT’s, and not usually a real big fan. In the Altima, it’s smooth and delivers the power very cleanly. The new model is also a few inches shorter than the outgoing Altima, with a slightly shorter wheelbase.

So what’s the real big deal with the Altima? Well, the handling is much better; the new Altima turns much tighter than the old one ( Electric steering is also a nice tough. ) Power in the 4 cylinder seems unchanged, while the V6 is a monster. Torque steer is pretty much gone too – you don’t have to worry about this Altima pulling you into a ditch if you drop the hammer. Nissan even addressed the biggest complaint about the old Altima – the interior. The 2007 Altima has a gorgeous interior, befitting of a car much more expensive. The leather is soft and supple, and hard plastic is tough to find. Everything feels good to the touch, and looks even better. The controls are laid out in a simple manner, and everything’s very intuitive to find. Perhaps the best part? You can get the 3.5SE ( that’s the 270 HP V6 ) with a 6 speed manual.

In case you can’t tell, I love the new Altima. I don’t even like sedans, and I considering buying one of these. Once they come out with the coupe, I’m as good as sold.

2007 Nissan Altima Specs

  • Your choice of a 175 HP 2.5 liter I4, or the monster 270HP 3.5 liter V6
  • 6 Speed manual transmission, or optional CVT
  • Push button starting with keyless “Intelligent Key” standard on all trim levels
  • Available Bluetooth
  • Available Navigation
  • Currently available as a sedan, with a coupe and hybrid model coming out this summer
  • EPA Says : 26 MPG city, 34 MPG highway ( CVT )

2007 Nissan Altima Reviews

The Car Connection reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima and praises the interior – ‘The interior feels less gimmicky and more functional than much of the competition, yet at the same time has a style of its own that doesn’t mimic Honda and Toyota . If anything, the interior feels, positively, a little American, with cues like the round vents, ribbed dash contour lines above them, and red-orange lighting seeming a bit like what Pontiac has been trying to do in recent years, only better.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima and enjoys the drive – ‘Anyone piloting the 2007 Nissan Altima will likely characterize it as a pleasure to drive, and for non-enthusiasts, it may even be fun. There’s plenty of power, the CVT actually does an admirable job of maximizing the four-cylinder’s output (high praise coming from one who generally dislikes CVTs), and the steering is tight and fairly responsive.’

Edmunds reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima and comments on the interior – ‘Tapping on the new Altima’s dash and door panels confirmed Nissan did its homework. The previously rock-hard plastics have given way to…well, supple plastics. Seat leather and interior controls are also clearly improved. It’s not like you’ll confuse the Altima’s interior with an Aston Martin’s, but the car can finally stand toe-to-toe with Accord and Camry cabins.’

The Auto Channel reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5SE and writes – ‘The end result is a car that’s easy to drive on the highway and on hard twisty roads. It’s an almost-perfect compromise for a mid-size sedan. Seat comfort is very good with decent side support for those hard roads. Front seats are also heated. There’s excellent rear leg room as well. The front seat backs have intents for long-legged rear passengers, which we didn’t have to use.’

Motor Trend reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima and writes – ‘The last Altima handled well for a car in this class. Body roll is moderate, and it understeers predictably, the tires warning you of the limits before you have to worry about them. Buttoned-down midsize cars have their natural advantages, reined mostly by their front drive. Now the Altima has more competition from the new, sportier-handling Camry, which beats it in the Motor Trend figure eight test by 0.5 second.’

Note: Motor Trend must have been smoking some mind altering substance that day. The new Camry is without question, the worst handling vehicle I’ve ever had the displeasure of driving. It does not respond to what you tell the steering wheel. It’s body rolls however it wants to , and the tires howl during even the slowest turn. I’d pit my Navigator against the Camry in a handling test, any day, with money on the line.

Car And Driver reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5SE and writes – ‘Nissan deserves credit for quelling the torque-steer demons, but the Altima is still a bucking-bronco kind of car. A stab on the gas makes the nose jump skyward, and alternatively, the car stands on its nose under hard braking. This sounds bad, but actually it’s fun — exciting more than bothersome. It’s too bad the manual shifter feels so clunky and awkward through the gears, because the Altima’s fun factor and vast rear seat make for an alluring sedan.’

Road and Track reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima and notes the lack of torque steer – ‘There are still front-drive cars — a few from Nissan — with the torque-steer subtlety of a Fiat 128. Not the Altima. Get honking down the road, one with well-cambered swerves that dip left-right then cut to a hard uphill hairpin, and you can tell the Altima has front drive, but it doesn’t fight back. Get in a front-drive rhythm and you both go — quickly — with the flow on a suspension that returns a very reasonable ride given the car’s performance.’

The Truth About Cars reviews the 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5SE and writes – ‘The 2007 Altima proves that Nissan hasn’t entirely abandoned their brand’s sporting aspirations. While the Versa and Sentra have blimped out, they’ve managed to keep their mid-size daily driver a driver’s car. The imminent prospect of an SE-R version should make pistonheads drool like a pack of Pavlov’s dogs listening to “Don’t fear the Reaper” as produced by Bruce (more cowbell) Dickinson. Only one question really remains: why in the world would anyone buy a Maxima?’

It’s like TTAC can read my mind. The Altima 3.5SE is better than the Maxima in every way that I can tell. If you’re in the market for a midsize Nissan sedan, only the Altima should be on your shopping list. If you’re one of those folks who have owned 6 Maximas, it’s time for a change. Spend less coin, get more car. Who can argue with that?

Published on January 27, 2007 in Nissan

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