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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
A long list of available luxury and technology features
Most popular options are grouped together in expensive packages
A navigation system is available and includes a rearview camera
The 2008 Nissan Altima offers a wide range of features, but some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com take exception with the way options are offered on the Nissan Altima.
Before addressing the options, it's worth looking at what comes standard on the 2008 Nissan Altima. Edmunds begins by saying that "the base 2.5 comes with 16-inch wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry/starting, [and] cruise control," and the other trims add on the features from there. Kelley Blue Book notes that the Nissan Altima "2.5 S, which accounts for the majority of all Altima sales, adds air conditioning" along with "an audio system with CD player." On the 3.5 SE Altima, Nissan incorporates a steering wheel with built-in radio controls, while Kelley Blue Book writes that the top-end "3.5 SL has leather, a Bose audio system, automatic up/down passenger's front window and standard CVT automatic."
The options list on the 2008 Nissan Altima is extensive, but Cars.com finds that "most popular options are grouped together in expensive packages." They say that while this method is "fine if you want everything in the package, you may not be as happy when you learn that it will cost $2,150 to add a moonroof to the 2.5 S trim level." Edmunds deems this business practice "a little shady," comparing it to "going to a salad bar and being offered a choice of either dry lettuce or a 4-gallon bucket of Ranch." Despite the atypical pricing practices, the Nissan Altima presents some very cool features in its options packages. Kelley Blue Book says some of the most noteworthy items include "a dual-zone climate control system, power moonroof, voice-activated navigation system," and "premium Bose audio system." Cars.com also adds that the Altima Nissan "is one of the few family-oriented midsize sedans that can have an optional rearview camera." Of course, it is bundled as part of an option package that they say includes XM Satellite Radio.
If you're willing to pay for it, the 2008 Nissan Altima can be equipped as well as any other car in its class.