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  • (4.6) 85 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,759–$12,155
  • 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
2010 Nissan Altima

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Nissan Altima

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2010 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. 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 2010
For 2010, Altimas get a restyled hood, grille and front bumper, as well as a standard electronic stability system for all models.

Exterior
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.

The changes for 2010 are subtle and include a restyled headlamp area and a slightly reshaped grille. Nissan also says they changed the wheel designs for 2010.

  • Power mirrors
  • Dual exhaust (sedan)
  • Available sunroof
  • Available automatic headlamps and fog lamps


Interior
Both the coupe and sedan can seat five people. The rear seatback is split in both the sedan and coupe and can be folded down when long items need to be carried inside the car.

For 2010, Nissan's new, hard-drive-based navigation system is available, and it has a larger touch-screen display. Also for 2010, there is a new, upgraded Bose stereo option. That stereo also features a 4.3-inch color display, USB port with iPod connectivity and a backup camera.
  • Cloth or leather upholstery
  • Air conditioning
  • Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
  • Optional push-button start
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available nine-speaker Bose audio
  • Available navigation system


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
An electronic stability system is a new standard feature for 2010.
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Optional backup camera


Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 85 reviews

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Best car I've ever owned.

by Skier1950 from Albuquerque on November 4, 2017

This car had a sporty feel and magnificent braking yet rode comfortably for my bad back. Simply awesome.

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6 Trims Available

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Our 2010 Nissan Altima trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2010 Nissan Altima Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
A
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
A

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
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
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 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.

Recalls

There are currently 3 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: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

Other Years