2010 Nissan Altima vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The very thickly populated field of mid-size sedans has plenty of well-qualified, well-rounded entries, and depending on your emphasis there's something for everyone.

Most shoppers in this class place some prominence on interior space, and for that the best vehicles are the Malibu, Accord, and Camry.

All three of these models have very spacious backseats and a bit of extra room.

The Accord and Malibu are very refined and have great interior appointments, while the Camry's interior is a bit bland and feels cheap in execution.

The Ford Fusion is one of the sportier-driving mid-size sedans and has great handling; it's also well-built and offers impressive fuel economy in four-cylinder form.

What's more, its Hybrid version is offered in all 50 states and boasts 41 mpg on the highway.

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).

However, against any of these models, the Altima comes across as well rounded and sporty.

Versus the 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe, the only formidable rival is the 2010 Honda Accord Coupe; comparing the two, the Accord Coupe feels less sporty—it's more of a luxurious freeway cruiser, while the Altima Coupe is a little more cramped but friskier-feeling.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look.
If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.
The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers all the benefits of the well-known Camry sedan with Toyota's proven, reliable hybrid system to hit the market's sweet spot.
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Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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MidsizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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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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