• (5.0) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,737–$11,853
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 33
  • Engine: 158-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

What We Don't Like

  • Options tied to expensive packages

Notable Features

  • Nissan's first gas/electric hybrid
  • Optional navigation system, backup camera
  • Combined 198-hp drivetrain
  • Hybrid-specific CVT tuning

2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Altima Hybrid is Nissan's first gas/electric hybrid, using technology borrowed from Toyota. It is currently sold in 11 states, including California, New York, New Jersey, much of New England and Oregon. Nissan has announced that future hybrids will use Nissan-designed hybrid technology and be available nationwide.

The Altima Hybrid is available in one trim level and competes with other midsize hybrids like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid.

New for 2011

Other than a few new colors, there are no changes to the Altima Hybrid.

Exterior

Except for some hybrid decal badging, the Altima Hybrid features the same silhouette as a conventional Altima. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors, heated mirrors optional
  • Standard dual exhaust
  • Optional automatic headlamps
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional power sunroof

Interior

Nissan installs the hybrid's battery pack in the trunk, leaving the vehicle with a modest 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or leather upholstery
  • Available wood or metallic trim
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional upgraded audio system
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood

The four-cylinder gasoline engine shuts off when the vehicle comes to a stop to save gas. The electric motor provides some acceleration at low speeds; the gasoline engine kicks in when accelerating hard or for highway travel. The air-conditioning compressor is electric (rather than belt-driven) to save gas. This also means the air conditioner can blow in cold air even with the engine turned off. The Altima Hybrid achieves an estimated 35/33 mpg city/highway. Mechanical features include:

  • 158-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
  • 40-hp, 650-volt electric motor with 199 pounds-feet of torque
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Standard push-button start

Safety

Safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional backup camera


Consumer Reviews

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Average based on 4 reviews

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Used Altima hybrid

by Keg from on February 6, 2013

Very good vehicle. The hybrid system works flawlessly. Havnt had a problem yet. Fun to drive the car. Just a little nervous about how long the batteriess will last.

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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

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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.

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