It’s been well-documented here at The Garage that we drool over the 370Z, marvel at the GT-R, and chuckle at the Cube, but when it comes to moving metal out of the showroom, the Altima is The Most Important Car Nissan builds. Want proof? Nissan just released their latest sales figures. So far in 2009, the Altima accounts for a whopping 44% of all Nissan cars sold in the US. That is massive. The task of keeping the Altima competitive and relevant is a massive task as well.
For 2010, Nissan has given the Altima a mild facelift. In what was already a handsome car, the new Altima comes off as a little more sophisticated in appearance. Sold in coupe and sedan form, all Altimas benefit from a new grill, hood, bumpers, wheels, and interior fabrics and finishes. Mechanically, the car is carryover from 2009. You get three choices: a 2.5L four with 175hp, a 2.5L four hybrid with 198hp, and a 3.5L V-6 with 270hp. Sadly, Nissan no longer offers the Altima sedan with a manual tranny, but you can still get one in the coupe.
Apart from the new skin, the Altima offers new entertainment options for 2010, starting with a 9-speaker Bose stereo with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, XM-ready radio and a rearview monitor. Also, the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation includes a 6.5″ color touch screen, a 9.3GB Music Box for tunes, XM NavTraffic, XMNavWeather, and a Zagat restaurant guide for foodees.
For prices, the Altima starts at $19,900USD for a 2.5S sedan, and tops out at $29,600USD for an Altima 3.5SR Coupe with a 6-speed manual.