Got a ride in a 2010 Altima 2.5S the other day. Not a bad car all in all in comparison to a similar Toyota/Honda product but that CVT was just odd. I never heard a gear shift and was watching the tach while she drove. It all just made no sense to me and I kept picturing a rubber band where the transmission was stretching over and over again.
Sorry it's a big deal breaker for me, especially in a Maxima. Sports Sedan with CVT
That HAS to be the best new midsize sedan interior. I'm really liking it. The whole center console and dash looks great along with the new instrument cluster.
The performance numbers don't quite match up to C&D's test of the Camry V6, but none-the-less it's a performer and Nissan seems to be executing the CVT pretty well.
I don't know why, but I really like the overall package. Seems higher quality and has some class compared to the cost-cutting we've seen lately from the other manufacturers.
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Didn't Motorweek tested the first VQ35 Altima way back in 02 that did mid-5 0-60?How's zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with a 1-foot rollout like at a drag strip) grab you? For perspective, that's over half a second quicker than the last Altima V6 we tested.
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Edmunds, Consumer Reports, and other sources test acceleration the way an average Joe would who is trying to see what his car is able to do - they mash the gas pedal. The driver's foot is on the brake and they very quickly move said foot to the gas pedal and pin it to the floor. Magazines with a stronger enthusiast bend take the time to figure out how to make the car go faster than simply stomping on the gas. For example, they experiment with building up the revs to different points and then launching the car.
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I think the more important factor is that C&D, Motor Trend and the ilk correct for 'variables' like atmospheric pressure, incline, what have you, after the acceleration runs are complete. Whether this is to your benefit as a consumer is questionable, but it certainly means that fans of the car will certainly go to them for their citation.
In 2007 I chose a VW Jetta 2.5 Wolfsburg Edition over the Altima 3.5 SE. We rent cars/SUVs/vans for vacation because we can and it's fun, so that year I rented an Altima to see what I missed. Not a fair comparison as my Jetta was optioned out and the Altima was a four banger renter, but I did get a feel for the car. We were use to the CVT in the Altima, we have a 2005 Murano with CVT.
I liked the interior of my Jetta more, the wife did too. Most impressive was the gas mileage of the Altima though. I literally thought the gas gage was broken. Interior was less impressive. It was like sitting in a plastic cave on the inside.
Now the newer 2013 Altima's exterior looks OK but that interior is a huge improvement the older models. They should sell well. Just don't like that steering wheel, the rest is sweet. As far as the CVT, we have never had any problem with it in our Murano, she is still going strong. We maintained the SUV per factory manual's schedule, it has been one of the best vehicles I have owned as far as reliability goes
For mu next vehicle, I feel that I want a more sporty car, AWD or RWD, so I get the response from some that they won't opt for the CVT. But for the masses out there, they will love it. Seemless shifting, good fuel economy, good passing power on the highway, we love it in the Murano.
So the Altima has joined the Maxima in the two-pedal, CVT-only ranks? Verily, there is no God. Right at this time in 2002, exactly ten years ago, I was fapping madly to the new V6 manual Altima; now, this? How the mighty have fallen...
Great looking car inside and out. Looks better than just about any other mid-sizer in my opinion. That interior really looks nice too.
Seems like the early reviews are all really positive as well, this should be a hit. I'm not really interested in this class of cars. But this would be my choice if I had to choose.
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Here's the full test by IL. Nissan seems to have done a great job with this car. I see the potential to become the segment leader. The outside styling is a bid conservative, but it's elegant and will age well.
The interior seem like a really nice place to be as well
also at 3,358 the top of the line V6 model is probably the lightest vehicle in the segment
Read through the TTAC review of it also, the 4 banger is only 3100lb? Thats a pretty healthy weight in this day and age for a mid-size family car....
CVT is probably fine for this. Philosophically its more of a turn-off in Maxima as they try to sell the "sports sedan" cred with that car. CVT also gets bad rep since a lot of the smaller cars get them, and they are bad for NVH to start, so you put a buzzing under power 4 banger with lots of noise problem and keeping the engine at a buzzing constant RPM and people just hates it....
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