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2017 Nissan Altima Review

2017 Nissan AltimaOnce a mild, commuter-focused car, the Nissan Altima has steadily upped the excitement since debuting in 1992.

2013 saw a brand-new fifth generation of Altima hit the asphalt, which was larger but lighter and more agile than its predecessor. Last year, that model was completely revamped, with thrilling exterior design language, interior improvements, and comprehensive adjustments to the vehicle’s driving dynamics. The result is the most exciting Altima yet, and the 2017 Nissan Altima carries on that reputation into next year.

Doylestown, Lansdale, and Philadelphia drivers can get in on this excitement by test driving a 2017 Nissan Altima at Montgomeryville Nissan after reading our take below. 

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2017 Altima Exterior

Following in the bigger Maxima’s pristine “Energetic Flow” design language, the Altima refresh added subtle curvature all throughout the vehicle’s exterior paneling. In some hands, such an aggressive texturing would create excessive, busy visuals, but on the Altima, everything flows effortlessly and beautifully from one region of the car to the next.

Up front, a long hood, relatively large overhangs, and an exaggerated grille/headlight combo create a striking visual impression that avoids overstatement. This section flows naturally into the gentle hood creases and voluptuous fender flares above the wheels. Rippling side panels culminate in a thrilling back end that uses expressive tail lights to great effect.

Overall, the large, sweeping canopy and pleasingly amplified body ratios create a visually stunning car that still never attempts to overreach beyond its segment.

2017 Nissan Altima Performance

The 2017 Nissan Altima’s two engine choices are above average, and they translate into unexpectedly sprightly and engaging performance.

A base 2.5L 4-cylinder engine puts out 182 horsepower, and an upgraded 270 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine boosts the power even further. Both are paired with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which utilizes D-Step Shift Logic to create the illusion of discrete, natural-feeling gear shifts. Throttle power is always ready on tap, and when needed, the CVT will “downshift” into a higher RPM power band to produce passing power on the highway.

Most impressive is the Altima’s pleasant, comfortable ride quality. 2016’s model saw upgrades to the dampers, rear springs, and electronic steering system. This system controls body motions with a unique Automatic Corner Braking System that simulates torque vectoring. Combined with the advanced suspension and Electronic Traction Control, the Altima is a blast to drive. Braking and grip are also appreciably engaging, even on the base 16-inch wheels.

Read more about performance for each trim level of the Nissan Altima in this review.

Nissan Altima Interior

Nissan Altima InteriorWhile not a luxury car, the Nissan Altima benefits from a well-appointed interior that uses some high-quality looking textures and trims throughout the cabin. The interior feature owners are bound to love most are the Altima’s Zero Gravity bucket seats, which reduce fatigue and improve driver comfort through advanced ergonomics. Well-bolstered, supportive, and in an optimal driving position, the Altima’s front seats are a fantastic place to be.

All occupants benefit from the vehicle’s large interior, which can provide plenty of room to rear passengers’ heads and legs. Dash controls benefit from an available 5-inch or 7-inch touchscreen, which allow you to access critical vehicle functions, as well as infotainment apps. This system is supplemented by physical knobs and buttons for better driver control.

2017 Nissan Altima Safety Review

The 2016 Altima earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Available active safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, both of which come standard on SV models. We can expect the 2017 model to earn the same crash safety ratings, especially with Nissan’s innovative technology. 

Test Drive the 2017 Nissan Altima near Philadelphia

Doylestown, Lansdale, and Philadelphia drivers can get a taste of “Innovation that Excites” by scheduling a test drive for the 2017 Nissan Altima today! Contact our team at Montgomeryville Nissan for more information. We look forward to working with you.


Learn more about the 2017 Nissan Altima. See how it stacks up against the 2017 Honda Civic in this car comparison.