2009 Nissan Altima vs. Its Competition

2009 Nissan Altima SL

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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2003 Volkswagen Passat GL2003 Volkswagen Passat
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Nissan Altima has a sportier look and feel than most other mid-size sedans, but it's just as practical.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
MidsizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Continuously VariableAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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