Best Bet
  • (4.5) 59 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,078–$12,842
  • 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
2011 Nissan Altima

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 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

2011 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 has 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 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011, as the Altima was refreshed for 2010.

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 sedan and coupe get some new color shades for 2011. Exterior features include:

  • 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.

Interior options include Nissan's hard-drive-based navigation system and an upgraded Bose stereo option. That stereo also features a 4.3-inch color display, USB port with iPod connectivity and a backup camera. Interior features include:

  • 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
Mechanical features include:

  • 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 standard feature. Other safety equipment includes:

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Optional backup camera

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 59 reviews

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The Perfect Vehicle for me

by mdavis20 from GRAND RAPIDS on November 10, 2017

This car rides smoothly, great on gas and is great looking. The mileage is great, and I do know these vehicles ride forever. Thanks Motor Mall.

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6 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2011 Nissan Altima trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2011 Nissan Altima Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
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

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
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
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 is currently 1 recall 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.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

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