2001 Nissan Altima

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2001 Nissan Altima

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4 trims

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2001 Nissan Altima review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Nissan’s front-drive compact sedan sees few changes for what is likely its last year in its current form. A larger, redesigned Altima is expected for the 2002 model year based on the midsize Maxima platform. The new model will be available with four-cylinder and V-6 engines and compete directly with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The Altima was last redesigned for the 1998 model year and is built at Nissan’s plant in Tennessee.

This year, a Limited Edition Package is a new option for the GXE model. The package includes a power driver’s seat, remote keyless entry and a security system as its main components.

The Altima’s overall length of 186 inches makes it about 9 inches longer than the Nissan Sentra and nearly 6 inches shorter than the midsize Maxima.

Nissan says the Altima holds five people with its two front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench, but trying to fit three adults in the back squeezes everyone. Base XE models lack a folding rear seatback for expanding cargo space, but all other models have one.

Under the Hood
The Altima comes with a 155-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a choice of four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions.

Antilock brakes are optional on all models except the XE, and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard on the GLE and optional on the GXE and SE.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


repair issues: radiator, alternator, suspension

Nissan did not do us any favors with this car. Alternator, A/C, radiator, front end, hoses, cooling system. Many costly repairs. I would avoid Nissans.


My baby is turning 18

220k and still going; replaced intake manifold gasket, alternator, front struts, EVAP sensors, knock sensor, belts, brakes, water pump, valve cover gasket, exhaust pipe and speakers. All repairs did by myself. I purchased this car before my kids were born, now they are driving it. Everything is working including AC.


Best Reliable (never old as it seems to be)

It is some years old model car only but with performance it's not old, it'll run like new car. It has power seat and steering which I didn't expect when I test drove while buying it.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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