2007 Nissan Altima

The fourth best-selling car in America just got better. Carlos Ghosn himself unveiled the new mid-size family sedan, and we can assure you the new version retains the sporty design characteristics that made the last generation so popular. The clear-lens tail lights are also retained, although they’re shaped differently and a little smaller. The front end is more chiseled, giving an Infiniti-esque look, although the buck-toohed grille is more reminiscent of the new Accord. Interior dimensions remain the same, although the wheelbase has been stretched an inch.

The new Altima remains a front-wheel-drive car, although the chassis is al new, as is the front suspension. Chassis rigidity is increased, and torque steer is said to be virtually eliminated.

The new Altima’s revised twin-induction 3.5-liter V6 puts out an impressive 265 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. A four-banger is standard in budget models; that motor too is refined, now making 160 horses and 170 lb.-ft. A CVT automatic will be available with the V6, for increased performance and fuel economy.

For the first time, the Altima will offer an intelligent key system, like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. A rear-view monitor andd a touch-screen nav system wil also have slots on the option sheet.

2007 Nissan Altima

2007 Nissan Altima

New York International Auto Show, Nissan

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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