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(4.2) 63 reviews
MSRP: $1,584$8,152
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 24-27
Engine: 175-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2005 Nissan Altima

Our Take on the 2005 Nissan Altima

Our Take

After moving to a brand-new, larger front-wheel-drive platform in 2002, Nissan's midlevel four-door sedan was updated as an early 2005 model. Changes include smoked headlights and taillamps and a restyled hood. Nissan calls it a "dramatic overhaul," adding that the 2005 Altima features a "to... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Manual-gearbox operation
  • Mild engine noise with four-cylinder

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Expansive window greenhouse
  • Sporty demeanor


Our Expert Reviews

As it ambles toward the end of its current design cycle, the Nissan Altima has evolved into a pretty nice family sedan with better-than-average performance. To help buy a little time before a major overhaul next summer, Nissan for model year 2005 added a juiced-up special edition, the Altima SE-R, inspired by the racy Sentra SE-R series. We tested a 2005 Altima SE-R with very few options and a ... Read full review for the 2005 Nissan Altima

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Consumer Reviews


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Would i recommend? Absolutely!

by Zoom Zoom! from Ohio on February 22, 2011

Since the 2002 redesign of this vehicle, i was very interested in purchasing one. I decided to limit my choices to a 2005 or up because of the updated interior, and a V6 because i like the extra power... Read Full Review

5 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


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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