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By Cars.com Staff
October 25, 2010
The Altima Hybrid is Nissan's first gas/electric hybrid, using technology borrowed from Toyota. It is currently sold in 11 states, including California, New York, New Jersey, much of New England and Oregon. Nissan has announced that future hybrids will use Nissan-designed hybrid technology and be available nationwide.
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 2011
Other than a few new colors, there are no changes to the Altima Hybrid.
Except for some hybrid decal badging, the Altima Hybrid features the same silhouette as a conventional Altima. Exterior features include:
Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
Standard power mirrors, heated mirrors optional
Standard dual exhaust
Optional automatic headlamps
Optional rear spoiler
Optional power sunroof
Nissan installs the hybrid's battery pack in the trunk, leaving the vehicle with a modest 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Interior features include:
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 conditioner can blow in cold air even with the engine turned off. The Altima Hybrid achieves an estimated 35/33 mpg city/highway. Mechanical features include:
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 features include:
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
Optional backup camera
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