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  • (4.6) 74 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,819–$11,191
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-27
  • Engine: 175-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
2009 Nissan Altima

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Nissan Altima

What We Don't Like

  • 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)

Notable Features

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

2009 Nissan Altima Reviews

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 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.

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

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

  • 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


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by murphysboy from on November 12, 2017

My only complaint has been that this car eats batteries - 5 in 8 years! I usually trade at the 7 year mark, but this is the first car I still like after that point and plan on holding on to it a whil... Read Full Review

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7 Trims Available

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2009 Nissan Altima Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

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


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
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

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
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 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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





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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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