Nissan Altima test drive
My test car was a loaded SL model.
It had a really nice color called “Storm blue”. With looked great. Especially with the tan/black interior.
That interior is also familiar.
And there is really not much wrong with it.
The light interior color is very relaxing. It is just a very nice place to be.
Everything feels solid and tight. (Although not has much as in the Passat.)
And that back seat is really roomy.
Instead of the obvious fake wood finish (Or piano black), it looks like Nissan is trying something else (Like they do in the Murano)
This “kind of woodsy” finish actually matches very nicely the light interior.
While not obviously trying to look like wood.
I think it really works.
At least a new idea.
The Bose stereo is, almost as usual, a bit disappointing. It does sound good, but nothing like what you’d expect from “Bose”.
And the screen is now pretty small (that’s where you know the car came out in 2012)
The picture is pretty low-rez. And there is this annoying message.
Every time you plug your phone in. It doesn’t matter if you answer “yes’ or “no”
It’ll be there next time….
I know it’s a small thing. But it’s annoying.
I also noticed that the air conditioning worked very quietly. Even at full blast.
A nice detail.
Of course it has a huge trunk.
The very first thing I noticed (right after driving the GTI for a week) was the steering feel.
Wich is pretty artificial at first.
Which it is the case in most modern Nissans.
And after just a day or two. I actually got used to it….
Still. It has that “fake sporty” feel. Some Honda models have it too.
It’s just not as great as cars like the Ford Fusion with its remarkable steering feel.
The steering wheel itself is a bit skinny.
And you can feel a bit of vibrations when the engine is cold. Which does disappear when warmed up…
Other wise, the car is very quiet. The engine itself isn’t the smoothest of all, but there is enough power that you never really need to push it.
The ride is very comfortable.
The CVT works great. No weird noises. Or strange behavior.
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