(3.4) 45 reviews
MSRP: $1,257$6,581
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 23-26
Engine: 175-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2002 Nissan Altima

Our Take on the 2002 Nissan Altima

Our Take

Rather than merely touching up its Altima sedan, Nissan has moved it to a brand-new platform with markedly greater dimensions for 2002. As a result, the formerly compact Altima has leap-frogged right past the midsize category and now qualifies as a full-size model by cars.com standards. A V-6 en... Read Full Report


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Very Reliable Car

by Madonna33 from Iowa on June 24, 2010

I bought this car used in 2006, with 84,500 miles, now it has 298,500 miles, the car doesnt burn any oil, has never broken down, and from the research ive done, i have not had the oil motor cat issue.... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5 Base

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5 Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5 Base

Overall Rollover Rating
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Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 12 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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