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2009 Nissan Altima

2009 Nissan Altima

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$224 — $11,740 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Sporty handling for class
  • V-6 performance
  • Responsive CVT
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Comfortable rear seat

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2009 Nissan Altima
  • Coupe, sedan or hybrid
  • Manual or CVT automatic
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system and rearview camera

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2009 Nissan Altima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Nissan’s midsize Altima is available in both coupe and sedan body styles. The coupe’s powertrain offerings are similar to the sedan’s, but the coupe receives unique styling elements. Four-cylinder Altima sedans come in 2.5 or 2.5 S trim levels, while the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL have V-6 power. Coupes are available in 2.5 S and 3.5 SE guise. A gasoline/electric Altima Hybrid sedan is also offered. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The Altima Hybrid sedan is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2009
All Altimas get a new automatic power door lock feature. Base 2.5 models now have standard power mirrors and air conditioning with a filtration system.

Exterior
The grille includes a subtle notch in the center that Nissan calls its “T” shape. The Altima’s flared fenders and sculpted headlights resemble Nissan’s 350Z sports car.

The Altima sedan measures 189.8 inches long, 57.9 inches high and 70.7 inches wide. Overall, the Altima is on the smaller side of the midsize sedan market.

Compared to the sedan, the Altima coupe is shorter in both length and height, and it also has a unique grille, headlights and taillights. The coupe’s main competitor — the Accord coupe — is larger overall.

  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels
  • Power mirrors
  • Dual exhaust (sedan)
  • Available sunroof (excluding base 2.5)
  • Available automatic headlamps and fog lamps

Interior
Both the coupe and sed...

Vehicle Overview
Nissan’s midsize Altima is available in both coupe and sedan body styles. The coupe’s powertrain offerings are similar to the sedan’s, but the coupe receives unique styling elements. Four-cylinder Altima sedans come in 2.5 or 2.5 S trim levels, while the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL have V-6 power. Coupes are available in 2.5 S and 3.5 SE guise. A gasoline/electric Altima Hybrid sedan is also offered. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The Altima Hybrid sedan is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2009
All Altimas get a new automatic power door lock feature. Base 2.5 models now have standard power mirrors and air conditioning with a filtration system.

Exterior
The grille includes a subtle notch in the center that Nissan calls its “T” shape. The Altima’s flared fenders and sculpted headlights resemble Nissan’s 350Z sports car.

The Altima sedan measures 189.8 inches long, 57.9 inches high and 70.7 inches wide. Overall, the Altima is on the smaller side of the midsize sedan market.

Compared to the sedan, the Altima coupe is shorter in both length and height, and it also has a unique grille, headlights and taillights. The coupe’s main competitor — the Accord coupe — is larger overall.

  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels
  • Power mirrors
  • Dual exhaust (sedan)
  • Available sunroof (excluding base 2.5)
  • Available automatic headlamps and fog lamps

Interior
Both the coupe and sedan can seat five people. The rear seatback is split and can be folded down when long items need to be carried inside the car. There’s 100.7 cubic feet of passenger volume in the sedan, which makes the Altima competitive in its class.

The sedan’s trunk volume measures 15.3 cubic feet, which beats the Camry (15.0), Malibu (15.1) and Accord (14.0). The coupe’s cargo area measures 7.4 cubic feet, which is smaller than the Accord coupe’s.

  • Cloth or leather upholstery
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows, locks and keyless entry
  • Push-button start (excluding 2.5)
  • Available heated front seats (excluding 2.5)
  • Available nine-speaker Bose audio (excluding 2.5)
  • Available navigation system (excluding 2.5)

Under the Hood

  • 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 180 pounds-feet of torque
  • 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission

Safety

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Optional electronic stability system and traction control (3.5 SE, 3.5 SL)
  • Optional rearview camera (excluding 2.5)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
130 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Nice first car

by Jon75 from Raymore on June 4, 2020

Nice reliable vehicle for the money and for a first time driver. Has all the upgrades a person would want and holds their value since it’s a Nissan. Read full review

(5.0)

Nice Vehicle.

by Jim G. from Mason City, Iowa on March 31, 2020

After looking online forever, finally found this vehicle with below average miles and wasn't a salvage title. Very good on fuel mileage. Vehicle has been well taken care of. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Nissan Altima currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Altima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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