I'm 23 and this is my first new car i've ever bought. First, I'd like to explain why I needed a new car. Until I bought my Altima, I drove a 2007 Ford Edge (which I loved to death), but the mpg was ki...
I'm 23 and this is my first new car i've ever bought. First, I'd like to explain why I needed a new car. Until I bought my Altima, I drove a 2007 Ford Edge (which I loved to death), but the mpg was killing my wallet. Anyway, my new job is a 35 mile round trip commute everyday and sometimes twice a day. So my top 3 things I was looking for was mpg, reliability and comfort while driving. The looks, sportiness, tech features, etc, all came after. To find my perfect car, I test drove a Camry, Accord, Regal, 2014 Mazda6, and a ford fusion and the Altima.
My opinions on the other cars and why they didn't make the cut. The Camry was nice. No real complaints about driving it. It would make a great everyday back and forth drive. MPG numbers looked ok, the leather/cloth mix wasn't my favorite, but not awful. The regal was amazing. Huge on the inside and comfortable as a la z boy chair. The car was heavy though and slow. The tech was stupid and confusing. The Mazda6 was the one I was most excited about driving. It looks hot and its a mazda so you know it drives well. The deal breaker for me was the space between the door and the center counsel was small and it pushed my legs together. I couldn't find a way to sit comfortably ( I kind of like to relax and lean back when I drive). Also the touch screen for me was a little sluggish. The ford fusion is the best looking car out of them all. Come on, it has an Aston Martin front end. My problem is the way it drives. My commute route involves stop and go traffic and the ford fusion shifts to higher gears too quickly and the down shifts are harsh and buries the front end into the road. Last but not least is the Accord. It looks nice, has room for days and is comfortable. It was the first car I drove with a CVT. It seemed to me that Honda tried mimic gears. It was rather annoying. Now on to what I actually purchased.
When I drove the Altima for the first time, I was in love. The CVT is amazing. It has no gears which means no down shift. So when I accelerate to 45 miles an hour, the car stays straight and smooth. Thats about what I learned on the test drive.
MPG- I'm averaging 32 mpg in 95% stop and go traffic. My edge averaged 18. Big difference and it's been a big help.
Reliability- I don't know. I have 6 friends with nissan altimas and they "run like champs." They all said that, I'm not kidding. So only time will tell.
Comfort- I love leather. So I got an SL because it was the only way I could get leather. They are called zero-gravity seats made by NASA, but ignore that, they are just comfortable seats that you will love to sit in for 40 minutes our 8 hours.
So my top 3 needs were met. Ok lets look at the other stuff.
I love the way it looks. I think the ford fusion looks, but I put the Altima in second. The CVT, as I said before, I like. Yes, it whines when you push the peddle, but I actually kind of like the noise. Not only do I feel the car responding, I can hear it. I don't hear it when my radio is on however, its not that noisy. It handles well for a mid size sedan. It doesn't have full electronic steering. Its a hybrid between hydraulic and electric, so it's not overly easy to turn so I feel as if I'm in control of the car. Last, but not least, I have also have the tech package. The touch screen is quick and responsive. The GPS takes a little while to plan a route, but I try not to find myself in a hurry too often so it hasn't been a big deal. I pair it to my phone every time I sit inside. I call people from my car almost everyday and it's great. People can hear me clearly when I call them and I can hear them well through my stereo system. A note about that, the voice prompts are tedious. Let me give you an example. Hit the button, it brings up the list, hit the button again, call mom, it asks, dial or cancel, hit button, dial. then it dials. Getting a GPS locations is just as annoying. So be patient, it recognizes voices pretty well. I'm trying to be as truthful as possible so no, this car isn't completely perfect. The back up cam is TRASH. It's bad, you can't see at night and every other time is just looks awful. If there is a way to upgrade it one day, I will. BONUS: Cup holders are huge! Holds anything.
Well thats all I think I know about the car for now. I hope this review helps.