2008 Nissan Altima

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66 reviews
Available Price Range $4,680-$11,560 Trims6 Combined MPG 22-27 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Nissan Altima

Our Take

Redesigned for 2007, Nissan's midsize Altima adds a new coupe body style for 2008. The coupe's powertrain offerings are similar to the sedan's, but the coupe receives unique styling ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • CVT bogs engine at lower speeds
  • Fussy tilt/telescope steering wheel adjustment (sedan)
  • Cheapo faux wood trim with tan interior (sedan)
  • Inconvenient release straps for folding rear seats (sedan)

Notable Features

  • New coupe body style
  • Manual or automatic (CVT)
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system and rearview camera
  • Optional stability system


Our Expert Reviews

We've praised Nissan for its mostly impressive revitalization of the Nissan Altima sedan. We've lauded the company for its latent discovery that middle-class families deserve mid-size cars with attractive interiors. We have misspoken. The problem is that Nissan offers 10 different styles in its Altima line. In the past, I and my associate, Ria Manglapus, have reviewed only the best of... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 66 reviews

Don't regret it for a minute

by Nissan Sold from Indianapolis, IN on May 1, 2011

This car is all that is advertised. Assuming that higher gas prices would be here soon, I dumped my BMW 3 series for this more fuel efficient vehicle. I have averaged 30 MPH in everyday driving and on... Read Full Review

6 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 5 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

Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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