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2009 Nissan Altima vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Nissan Altima SL
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The Altima's closest competition in this broad field of popular mid-size sedans comes from the Fusion, which also feels very sporty.

The Passat has a different, more European character, and its peppy four-cylinder engine performs best out of any base engines in this field, but it requires premium fuel.

For safety, the Accord stands on top (it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick); also to the Altima's detriment, electronic stability control is still not offered on the four-cylinder model.

Compared to the Accord, Camry, and Malibu, the Altima feels a little perkier to drive, yet slightly smaller inside.

Especially versus the cushy Camry, the Altima comes across as decidedly sportier.

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The 2009 Nissan Altima has a sportier look and feel than most other mid-size sedans, but it's just as practical.
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The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
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Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
MSRP From     
$19,900$21,605$19,035$19,145$20,360$21,750
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
MidsizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMid-SizeLargeMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission     
Continuously VariableAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD

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