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By Cars.com Staff
December 8, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Altima Hybrid is Nissan's first gas/electric hybrid, using technology borrowed from Toyota. The hybrid is sold in select states, including California, New York, New Jersey and most of New England.
The Altima Hybrid is available in one trim level and competes with other midsize hybrids like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid.
New for 2010 The 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid has a new design for its front end, as well as a new design for the wheels. Option packages have also been changed.
Exterior Except for some hybrid decal badging, the Altima Hybrid features the same silhouette as a conventional Altima.
For 2010, Nissan redesigned the hood, grille and the front bumper.
Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
Standard power mirrors, heated mirrors optional
Standard dual exhaust
Optional automatic headlamps
Optional rear spoiler
Optional power sunroof
Interior Nissan installed the hybrid's battery pack in the trunk, giving the vehicle 10.1 cubic feet of cargo area. For 2010, Nissan says they "refined" the interior fabric and finishing.
Available cloth or leather upholstery
Available wood or metallic trim
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
Standard cruise control
Optional heated front seats
Optional upgraded audio system
Optional navigation system
Under the Hood The four-cylinder gasoline engine shuts off when the vehicle comes to a stop to save gas. The electric motor provides some acceleration at low speeds; the gasoline engine kicks in when accelerating hard or for highway travel.
The air conditioning compressor is electric (rather than belt-driven) to save gas. This also means the air conditioning can blow in cold air even with the engine off. The Altima Hybrid achieves an estimated 35/33 mpg city/highway.
158-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
40-hp, 650-volt electric motor with 199 pounds-feet of torque
Continuously variable automatic transmission
Standard push-button start
Safety Safety features include:
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
Optional backup camera
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