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Used Nissan Altima at Central Avenue Auto Group

The Altima is one of Nissan's entries into the sedan class. In recent years it has offered buyers high-quality interiors, cutting-edge features, exterior style, all while keeping it in an affordable range. Overall, the Altima is an excellent value. For those that like choices, the Altima gives you that. Unlike many in its class, there is a choice of either a fuel efficient four-cylinder engine or a more powerful V6. The cabin has room for five and a sophisticated feel. The most recent pre-owned Altima is available in five trim levels -2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL. If the Altima seems like a vehicle that may fit your used car buying needs, read on to learn more.

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Which trim level should I be considering?

The design of the Altima's cabin is with style and quality of materials.Rear seat room is enough for an average size adult. Trunk space comes in at 15.4 cubic feet, which is a competitive number for this class. If you look at the exterior of an Altima you will likely know it's a Nissan, with its familiar V-shaped grille design and sleek headlight housing that Nissan tends to feature on their vehicles. In the rear, you will get taillight housings that extend horizontally into the trunk door. The Altima 2.5 S base trim comes standard with many features. These include remote entry, push-button ignition, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert system. The 2.5 SR trim is those who are looking for a sportier car. It has 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, sport seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat. The 2.5 SV trim builds onto the base model with an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Move up to the 2.5 SL and you will get a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, ambient interior lighting and a premium Bose nine-speaker sound system. And lastly, the top of the line Altima, the 3.5 SL gets 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters, front and rear parking sensors, a larger 7-inch color touchscreen, and a navigation system with Google connectivity.

What type of power does the Altima put out?

The Altima offers two engines - a 4-cylinder in 2.5 trim levels and a V6 in the 3.5 model. All Altima engines are mated to a CVT automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter uses efficiency technologies such as active grille shutters, revised engine compression ratio and less internal friction. It puts out 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque and will give you an impressive close-to forty mpg highway. The V6 model pumps out 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque and comes in around 32 mpg. The Altima's driving dynamics are comfortable and on some models even sporty. The cabin is quiet and the 3.5-liter, in particular, gives drivers great acceleration and passing power.

How does the Altima do in the safety category?

Altima's built within the last few years come standard with a nice list of modern safety technologies. These include stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is standard on 2.5 S trims and above. SV and SL trims get blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems. Also available are forward collision warning and crash mitigation systems with automatic emergency braking.The Altima, for the 2017 model year, was awarded a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with five stars for both front- and side-impact crash protection and four stars for rollover protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Altima its top rating of Good in tests for small- and moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and whiplash mitigation.

Final Thoughts on the Used Nissan Altima

If you are in search for a pre-owned sedan that offers modern features, plenty of room, and excellent value, the Nissan Altima is well worth a look. You will find a variety of models that come with various standard features, as well as two different engines. Central Avenue Auto Group has a great selection of both used and certified pre-owned Altima models. View our inventory online, then stop by for a test drive.

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