2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

180.9” x 55.9”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Standard stability control
  • Lots of airbags
  • Gas mileage

The bad:

  • Options tied to expensive packages

1 trim

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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 review: Our expert's take

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.


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


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 features include:

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


It was the perfect car for me in every way possibl

This car drove so smooth it was very comfortable and spacious it had no damage scratches nothing to the interior or exterior the air conditioner was very cold which was perfect for me it was just an excellent car in great conditionno


Nice ride

Nice ride but a bit pricey, overall excellent vehicle. I would definitely recommend to anyone who can afford this great vehicle.


Hybrid with good mileage and sporty performance

I wanted a comfortable car with good performance that had great mileage as a daily commuter. I drive about 150 miles a week and only have to fill up the tank once a month with this hybrid. It looks and performs like the other sporty Nissan Altimas. The interior design is very sporty. I really loved the keyless entry and the push button start. Made it feel more expensive.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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