Key Specs

of the 2017 Nissan Altima base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    179-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Nissan Maxima-like styling
  • Roominess
  • Low wind and road noise
  • Steering feel
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Four-cylinder engine noise
  • Low-speed engine vibration (four-cylinder)
  • Ride not as composed as competitors'
  • Lack of Android Auto, Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
2017 Nissan Altima exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Nissan Altima

  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available

2017 Nissan Altima Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The five-seat Altima is Nissan's mid-size sedan and one of the best-selling passenger cars in the U.S. Updated last year, the Altima offers a choice of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. All models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Toyota Camry.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Active grille shutters
  • Customizable 4-inch screen in gauge cluster
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • LED headlights 
  • Remote start
  • Power moonroof
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The five-seat Altima is Nissan's mid-size sedan and one of the best-selling passenger cars in the U.S. Updated last year, the Altima offers a choice of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. All models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Toyota Camry.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Active grille shutters
  • Customizable 4-inch screen in gauge cluster
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • LED headlights 
  • Remote start
  • Power moonroof
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Latest 2017 Altima Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Loaded with safety features and fun to drive.

by Claudio from Kansas City, MO on May 15, 2018

This car has a reliable V6 engine and good pickup. It provides smooth power and is easy to drive and very comfortable. It gets about 24.4 miles per gallon on highway-city combination. Read full review

(5.0)

Most comfortable car i?ve been in.

by CarFreak on May 11, 2018

Its not only beautiful on the outside but the inside is great too. I love everything about this car. Its an easy car to drive. The passengers will br comfortable as well. Smooth ride.. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Nissan Altima currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Nissan Altima 2.5

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
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
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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