2008 Nissan Altima vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Altima 2-door Coupe I4 Man S Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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

That additional driving sensation sets the Altima apart from the Accord, Camry, and Malibu, which all seem a bit heavier yet roomier in back.

With either of the engines, the Altima comes across as decidedly sportier than much of the competition--especially the Camry.

The Passat has a different, more European character, and its peppy four-cylinder engine performs best, 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.

With some road noise entering the cabin, the Altima isn't noisier inside than most cars, except the Fusion.

2008 Nissan Altima 2-door Coupe I4 Man S Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Altima
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MSRP From  
$18,620$19,145$21,750
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
MidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission  
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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