Woman at the Wheel - Nissan Altima
Valencia Muhammad | 3/6/2009, 3:32 p.m.
The 2009 Nissan Altima Demands Attention
The sporty, two-door 2009 Altima Coupe delivers a totally unique driving experience. The Altima Coupe fills a desire among target customers for a more personal expression of style, individuality and fashionable appearance.
Its unique exterior design is intended to stand out in a crowd of sedan-based two-door models with magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling with a shorter wheelbase, shorter overall length and lower height than the Altima Sedan.
€Like the popular Altima Sedan, the Coupe offers style, performance, quality and passion with a personality that is all its own,€ said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.
Also offered for 2009 is a long list of user-friendly technology features €" including standard Nissan Intelligent Key", available Bluetooth hands-free phone system, an advanced touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information requires subscription and a rear view monitor.
The most noticeable separation from the Altima Sedan is the Altima Coupe€s bold exterior styling. Dimensionally, the Altima Coupe rides on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, a full 4.0 inches shorter than the Sedan. Overall length is 182.5 inches €" 7.1 inches less than the Sedan. The Coupe also has a lower profile €" at 55.3 inches it is 2.5 inches lower than the Sedan.
€Altima Coupe is sleek and sporty, featuring an aggressive stance and a bold shoulder that adds dimension to the body side,€ said Castignetti. €It€s a car that looks much more expensive than it is, both the exterior and interior, and feels like it, too.€
The 2009 Altima Coupe 2.5 S model is available with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on the 2.5S model with P215/60R16 all-season tires, while new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin P235/45R18 tires are standard on the 3.5 SE.
2009 Nissan Altima Coupe Courtesy Photo
Eye-opening power is supplied from a choice of two engines and two transmissions. The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is the €next generation€ version of the award-winning VQ-series V6. For use in the Altima Coupe, it is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and refined sound quality.
€The driving performance of the Altima Coupe is biased toward sporty feel, especially when equipped with our award-winning V6,€ said Castignetti. €Handling is also a strong point of the Coupe, as is the responsiveness feeling provided by the Xtronic CVT transmission.€
The 2009 Altima Coupe also comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including Nissan€s advanced air bag system with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat active head restraints, the lower anchors and tethers for children, zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones and tire pressure monitoring system.
The manufacturer€s suggested retail price is $ 21,750. The 2009 Nissan Altima Coupe offers 23 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Altima is the ultimate. If you must spend money, spend it wisely on the 2009 Altima.