The object of the redesign was to bring the feel and power of a luxury car to this everyman's midsize sedan, and Nissan has succeeded, at least with the Altima model that has the V6 engine and all the options, including plush leather. We were impressed with the car's ability to understand our spoken directions and the fact that the voice-command system uses a series of prompts for multilevel commands rather than requiring us to repeatedly press a Talk button or continually confirm our last command. We occasionally got the mpg gauge to nudge over 30 mpg, but not by much. With a sportier profile than the , the Altima Hybrid delivers a zippier--if a little rougher--ride than its main competitor. With the car thus enabled to search for phones, we then concentrated on the handsets themselves. Unlike the Camry Hybrid, the base-level Altima is stripped down in terms of cabin tech, and those wanting gadgetry will find themselves paying dearly for the option.
In true hybrid fashion, the Altima Hybrid has a couple of gauges dedicated to informing the driver of the current state of hybridity: a gauge to the right of the steering wheel shows the level of juice left in the battery, while in place of a tachometer, a power meter shows what kind of electric charge is being used when undergoing regenerative braking, this meter goes into electricity-generating territory. Other automakers have also adopted the technology, though generally with far less success. The other challenge: upgrade the chintzy cabin. It delivers a good balance between performance and economy, with some very swish cabin electronics, although these options will push the base price way up. Passionate Driving That Takes Care of the Environment Nissan's commitment to the environment takes a different form than might be found at other automakers. In many areas of California the air leaving the Sentra's tailpipe is cleaner than the air going into the engine.
Acceleration, meanwhile, comes in around six seconds, 0-60 mph, also an impressive number. The 2007 Altima Hybrid will be available in early 2007, following the November 2006 introduction of the 2007 Altima 2. Having dialed a number, we waited for around 15 seconds before the phone showed us that we were connected, but there was no sound from the other end of the phone. Nissan would certainly like to try. So here, finally, is Nissan's first hybrid, and, not to be unkind, its So-What Index isn't high. More substantial features of the Connections package include Bluetooth hands-free calling, the upgraded Bose speaker system, and factory-installed satellite radio, but even so, the package is pricey for what you get.
Altima Hybrid Follows Nissan Tradition The Altima Hybrid is the latest in a long line of Nissan environmental automotive initiatives. . The chrome accents are a nice touch, and overall, the materials Nissan has chosen are more luxurious and refined. While Nissan strives to offer the most advanced fuel-saving technology available, the company also believes that drivers should not have to sacrifice any of the style or performance attributes that remain at the top of the reasons for buying a new Nissan. The hybrid's average, which included test-track thrashing, was a dismal 23 mpg. The Altima also comes loaded with safety features.
Meanwhile, with an automatic and the 2. The combination of passionate driving and passion for the environment is what makes the Altima Hybrid the standout in its segment. The latter model was long an also-ran in the mid-size market, at least until 2001, when Nissan introduced a sedan that was visually striking, sporty and surprisingly well-equipped, not to mention much larger than before — a true mid-sizer. The handling is true, and the suspension is quite firm without ever being harsh. Like other hybrids, the Altima will cost more than its conventional stablemates.
Alas, poor Altima: a little late to the U. The new Altima Hybrid offers all the style, convenience, comfort, quality feel and performance technology features and highlights of the next-generation 2007 Altima - while offering the added benefits of enhanced fuel economy and reduced emissions. The phone remained connected when we turned the car off and then on again, and our outbound test call got through the first time. Beyond that, there's no Prius eco-pilgrim styling to set the Altima hybrid apart from and morally above the herd. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard. What do you get for that premium? With its healthy dose of attitude, the new sedan could do even better.
The Treo also displayed a disappointing response when attempting outgoing calls: having dialed via voice command, we had to wait nearly 20 seconds for the phone to connect. Those who do make the investment will not be disappointed, as the Altima Hybrid borrows some of the high-end technologies from Nissan's luxury Infiniti marque, including an outstanding voice-recognition system, a great Bluetooth hands-free calling interface, and an excellent Bose stereo. Besides premium pricing, you also pay a price in luggage capacity — nine cubic feet, half that of the traditional model. When the combustion engine does rumble into life, the effect is smooth and sometimes imperceptible, although on the freeway, the ride is a little less-refined than that in the Camry Hybrid, which feels better equipped to damp out uneven road and noise. No more chintz 1966 Fire TruckDealing with torque steer solves one of the biggest complaints about the prior-generation sedan. This might be convenient for some, but it leads to new problems, having to do with the memory of the human brain and confusion of the car's electronic brain. However, that's where the good news ended.
Unlike other hybrids we've driven such as the and hybrids, the effect of the Altima Hybrid's regenerative braking is subtle enough to ensure that it does not significantly interfere with the feel of the brakes. The Treo was not able to reconnect to the car when the ignition was turned off and then back on, and we had to spend a couple of minutes manually reconnecting. It was the comeback brand of the new millennium, but lately, products like the Quest minivan and Titan pickup have failed to live up to their ambitious expectations. For those willing to shell out for one of the three hefty options packages, however, a world of gadgetry awaits. And to amplify the anonymity, Nissan is making it available only in the states that have adopted California's emissions regs. An intelligent key comes standard in the Altima.
As a consequence, 0-to-60 times for the hybrid and the 2. We opted for the latter, with its torquey 3. But you do get the Altima's athletic reflexes, quick steering, and, in this test car, excellent braking 167 feet from 70 mph — dynamic distinctions worth having, hybrid or not. The new instrument cluster is much more modern, while also being a bit easier to read. A little badge on the trunklid, a different wheel design — that's about it.
In the cabin The interior of the 2007 Nissan Altima hybrid is entirely a case of pay to play. The Altima feels well planted, sporty, and a lot of fun to drive. More positive features of the Altima's cabin include its superb-sounding 9-speaker Bose audio system, which delivers far better audio quality than many other systems. Virtually everything it launches has to be taken seriously. And while it may have borrowed its hybrid technology from Toyota, Nissan's software and graphics interface are unique to the car, with a specific chart showing fuel history and the amount of energy reclaimed through regenerative braking. Like other hybrids we've seen, the Altima's regenerative braking translates the car's kinetic braking energy into electrical charge, which is stored in the battery.