The current Nissan Altima is admittedly not the freshest face in the mid-size sedan class. Nearly all of its rivals—including the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima—have seen major redesigns since then, or at the very least significant refreshes. That said, it remains one of the better-looking offerings in this class. A simple but racy profile and a lack of clutter are keys to the Altima's longevity and vigor, in the opinion of our editors, and unlike some other sedans, the Altima doesn't come across as overwrought.
If you're expecting the Altima Hybrid to look significantly different, you're destined for disappointment; the Hybrid looks almost indistinguishable from the sedan, aside from low-key badging. But the Coupe is very distinctive; it's several inches shorter, with a much more tapered roofline and sculpted rear flanks, plus an altogether different treatment in back.
The same holds true inside; the Altima's instrument panel is straightforward and simple, yet sophisticated and a little sporty. The overall look can be drab in some colors, but bright trim and bezels spice it up somewhat.
Clean, sleek styling keeps the 2011 Nissan Altima sedan a head-turner years after its introduction, while the Altima Coupe will even pass as a sports coupe in some crowds.