2011 Nissan Altima

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Nissan Altima. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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)
  • Cheap-looking faux wood trim with tan interior (sedan)
  • Inconvenient release straps for folding rear seats (sedan)

Notable Features of the 2011 Nissan Altima

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

2011 Altima Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Altima is Awesome My First Ever New Car

by AkersAltima from Dallas, TX on October 11, 2018

When I bought the car I loved all the amenities, the sunroof, the sleek style and the way it sounds like an airplane, the push button is easy and I like the exterior lock button on the doors too. I?m ... Read full review

(5.0)

Looks so sporty!

by CPani89 from Yuba City, CA on October 10, 2018

This car met all my needs. It's very sporty, and I love the Bose sound system. It has always been very reliable. It has a very chic feel to it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Nissan Altima currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Nissan Altima 2.5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

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

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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