2017 Nissan Altima 2.5L

Following Maxima's footprint

"The revamped design of the Altima gives it an upscale vibe similar to the Maxima."

"Although the crossover segment is taking from the sedan segment, the Altima is still the best-selling car for Nissan."

"The 2017 Nissan Altima ticks most of the basic options and is as roomy as you'd expect!" said Issam.

There I was in Beirut test-driving the facelifted 2017 Nissan Altima after our first regional drive last year in Dubai. The 2017 Nissan Altima lineup features revised styling inside and out, retuned suspension and steering, and updated technology. Last redesigned for 2013, the Altima has been extensively updated for 2017. Buyers can choose between a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers excellent fuel economy and a proven, powerful 3.5-liter V6. I acquired the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from RYMCO, official distributor of Nissan vehicles in Lebanon.

Exterior
The front end of the 2017 Altima offers the most dramatic change with its energetic flow design, since all panels and pieces forward of the A-pillars are new - fascia, bumper, fenders, hood and lights. Two key elements are the redesigned V-Motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights, similar to those found on the Maxima. The look is dramatically different from the 2016 Altima design, with a wide, deeply sculpted lower bumper, integrated fog lights (2.5SV, 2.5SL, and 3.5SL models) and prominent chrome-trimmed grille.

The reshaped headlight units incorporate halogen high beam and projector low beam lights along with LED projector low beam lights and LED signature daytime running lights that sweep into the wide raised hood (available only on 3.5L SL grade).

The rear of the new Altima is marked by a newly sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent, a new trunk lid and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights that help provide a more expressive, higher quality appearance when approaching the vehicle from behind. The four-piece combination lights incorporate the tail- and stop lights, turn lamps and backup lights.

Interior
Nissan committed to adding value, incorporated customer's feedback and added comfort features, such as the standard Zero Gravity front seats which have been reshaped, the woven cloth seating and door panel materials which feature a more open weave pattern, providing a premium look and feel throughout the Altima interior. Twin cup holders on the center console now accommodate mug handles in response to customer input.

The 2017 Altima's refined interior design follows the new "Gliding Wing" design language. Central to the new look is the revised C-stack with available five-inch and seven-inch displays for the navigation with mobile apps; finishing off with the acoustic windshield that provides a new level of cabin isolation and quietness.

Verdict
How did it drive? Amazingly smooth and the most important aspect was the quietness of the cabin. Although, on some mountainous roads when pushing the car you hear the noisy four-cylinder engine, but that's the only issue and dislike of the CVT gearbox. The Altima is THE choice on your shortlist when you decide to acquire a new car. Check out your nearest dealership; during Ramadan the offers are incredible!

Pros: Quiet cabin, updated exterior looks, comfortable seats, fuel-efficient
Cons: CVT gearbox, noisy four-cylinder engine when driving on mountainous roads
Rivals: Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu
3.5 STARS
one word: amended

Specs
2.5L inline-4, 182 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 245 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
CVT with manual shifting mode, FWD
0-100 km/h: 8 sec, top speed: 185 km/h, fuel consumption: 6 - 7.3 L/100 km
Weight: 1,450 kg

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