Best Bet
(4.6) 58 reviews
MSRP: $1,793$8,641
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 24-27
Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2006 Nissan Altima

Our Take on the 2006 Nissan Altima

Our Take

Nissan's midlevel four-door sedan was updated as an early 2005 model. Changes included smoked headlights and taillamps and a restyled hood. Nissan called it a "dramatic overhaul," adding that the 2005 Altima featured a "totally revamped interior." Little has changed for 2006. Four new packag... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

The Altima has been a Nissan mainstay, and like most successful family sedans, there are a variety of models from which to choose.While the 250-horsepower V-6 is fun, the rising price of gasoline makes the four-cylinder appealing because it uses less fuel and has a lower sticker price.A redesigned 2007 goes on sale in the fall, but in the meantime Nissan is offering a four-cylinder Special Edit... Read full review for the 2006 Nissan Altima

Consumer Reviews


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LOVE my 3.5 SE!!!

by AtlimaLover from Roanoke, VA on August 10, 2011

Absolutely love my Altima!! Owned a 2.5 S special edition bought new in 06. Owned until 2010 when it was hit and totaled on the interstate by a wreckless Semi driver. Car held up VERY well! Loved that... 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 4 recalls for this car.

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

Safety defects and recalls explained

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