2017 Nissan Altima Overview
While the redesign wasn’t vast, the 2017 Nissan Altima delivers an exceptional blend of quick acceleration, fuel efficiency, advanced safety features, and driver convenience. The Altima’s standard 179-horsepower 2.5L boasts MPG ratings of 27 city and /39 highway. The updated numbers have helped the Altima to jump to the head of its class in terms of fuel efficiency, while still remaining in-line with competitor’s horsepower levels. If you’re the power-hungry type the available 3.5L increases the horsepower to 270 while still running at 22/32 MPG.
A unique feature to help the Altima achieve these numbers is the available Active Grille Shutter system that reduces wind resistance by automatically closing when traveling at highways speeds. This active grille, along with the increased focus on aerodynamics, has helped to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.26, which happens to be the same as the wildly powerful Nissan GT-R.
As with most modern vehicles, safety features were a key focus of the updates. Available features include intelligent cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind sport monitoring, forward emergency braking, and predictive forward collision warning. The addition of sound dampening materials helps reduce both road noise as well as the droning sound that’s typical of the CVT, helping the cabin to be noticeable quieter. And although the interior cabin will be nice and quiet, look for the 2017 Nissan Altima to make some noise in the midsize sedan segment.