Pros Handling is above average. Power output is also very good for an engine that lacks the "tricks" of some more modern engines like direct injection or a turbo. Mine (in Florida) is 175 HP and 180 ft/lbs of torque. This is more than enough for anyone and is
Cons The gas mileage is a bit disappointing. Depending on certain conditions, I can get around 20-24 MPG average with city/highway mixed, with more city than highway. I have just filled my car with silver grade fuel (50/50 premium/regular mix) and will see if
Summary Overall, the Altima Coupe has plenty of bang for the buck and is one of the better cars I have driven within this price range. It was this, a Kia Forte, or a Honda Civic. Between the Civic and Forte, the Civic was much more refined feeling, and less "toyish", but the Altima Coupe destroys both of them in just about every category. It's buttoned down and feels high quality, especially for the price. The cloth is superbly soft, though I do have concerns as to its durability. It's held up great for the past few months I've had the car, but we'll see. Plastics in most places are nicely done and quite durable
The Altima Coupe 2.5s offers a satisfying driving experience for a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
Pros Sporty, somewhat stylish.
Cons Too many electrical issues, premature brake wear, rotors need to be resurfaced every 5,000-7500 miles, paint already peeling on my new car! Interior: cheap, poor quality materials that warp in 90 degree heat.
Summary Unfortunately, I got a lemon. After 1.5 years of waiting for Nissan to repurchase, Nissan North America is offering me $67 for reimbursement of my rental car expenses while my lemon was at several dealerships many times for brake repair attempts and for my 100+ hours of lost wages. Three other '09 Coupe owners have also reported multiple electrical failures and premature brake/rotor wear.
For all the money I've put into my lemon, I could've bought a Mercedes or Land Rover.
Cheap interior and exterior Nissan Coupe components = unreliability and horrible resale value.
Pros Reliable, bang-for the buck and good-looking car. Plenty of features and sips fuel. I'm 6'6" and fit just fine in it. Can't ask for much more.
Cons Some of the plastic pieces in the interior, but this is seen in almost all cars today.
Summary Overall, a great vehicle with beautiful looks and the 2.5 has surprising power at the pedal considering the specs. I would recommend this car to anyone.
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