2017 Nissan Altima
For automotive companies, the world of midsize family sedans is a fast-paced rat-race. Things are constantly changing. Whether it’s the design of the vehicle that the family-man/woman wants, interior space/materials, driver assist features, or any of the other numerous aspects that are often taken into consideration by the consumer. This causes manufacturers to stay on top of their game year after year, and always make sure consumer demand is satisfied. However, it’s clear when looking at vehicles from this segment, like the 2017 Nissan Altima, that automakers are at least able to keep-up with the more static aspects of the mid-size sedan segment, which are performance, technology, and safety. Regardless of consumer preference, a mid-size sedan will always need to be equipped with the latest and greatest technology features, get top-safety scores, and provide reliable and fuel-efficient performance.
This is exactly what the 2017 Nissan Altima is able to do.
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Perhaps one of the most important aspects a vehicle can have in 2017 is an abundance of safety features, good crash test scores, and maybe even a safety award or two. The 2017 Nissan Altima has all three of these things.
Nissan takes a comprehensive approach to safety with its Nissan Safety Shield. This principle guides the engineering of every vehicle the brand makes, including the Altima. For Nissan, safety starts with the construction of the vehicle. Six standard airbags can be found in the Altima, including a dual-stage supplemental front air bag with seatbelt and occupant classification sensors, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, and a roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bag. That last airbag features a rollover sensor.
For more advanced safety features, the Altima doesn’t disappoint. Thanks to Nissan’s Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies, such as Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, you’re able to avoid collisions. These features all use either radar sensors or cameras to predict threats, and help you either avoid them automatically, or provide a warning so you can make the proper evasive maneuvers.
Crash Test Scores
The 2017 Nissan Altima did very well in government crash test scores, especially the NHTSA, receiving a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with five stars for front and side-impact crash protection.
From the IIHS, the Altima scored a top rating of GOOD for small-and moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and whiplash mitigation. Thanks to the forward collision prevention system, this year’s Altima got a possible-best Superior rating.
2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+
The new Nissan Altima did so well in the IIHS crash tests, that it actually received a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, which is not easy to get. In order to qualify for this award, a vehicle must earn Good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, as well as an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention.
Versatility is the name of the game for the Altima and other midsize sedans in the market. Especially when it comes to performance, given that midsize sedans target two main types of consumers. For families, the parent will be looking for a vehicle that favors fuel-efficiency over speed. Whereas those living the single life (or a couple with no kids) might want something that gets a little more power at the cost of fuel-efficiency.
Where does this versatility start? With the engine, of course.
The 2017 Nissan Altima is available with two engine choices. The standard choice is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower/180 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine gets the Altima from 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds, which is an average time for this class of vehicle.
The optional engine choice is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s rated for 270 horsepower/251 lb.-ft. of torque. With this engine, the Altima is able to achieve a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds.
If 8.2 seconds is considered average when the standard engine is equipped, then the 6.2 second return from the 3.5-liter V6 engine is rather fast for this segment. Lending credibility to the idea that the V6 is for those who want to go faster, while the 2.5-liter is for those looking for a more conservative ride.
Both engines are mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission). A CVT is an automatic transmission type that changes seamlessly through a continuous range of gear ratios. It helps promote smoother shifting, and also enhances fuel-efficiency.
Fuel-efficiency is rated at a possible best of 27 mpg city/39 mpg highway, with a slight drop to 26 mpg city/37 mpg highway on the 2.5 SR trim. Those numbers are with the 2.5-liter engine equipped. When the V6 is on board, you can expect 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway. While that’s a decent dip in fuel-efficiency compared to the 2.5-liter engine, that’s still not bad for a V6 mated to a midsize sedan.
Actually, the 2017 Nissan Altima returns very good fuel-efficiency for a midsize sedan.
When it comes to the technology found on the 2017 Nissan Altima, it’s all about comfort, convenience, and fun. Not only will you be getting things like Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, a 5.0 – 7.0-inch Color Monitor (depending on trim level), Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Radio Data System, and a plethora of other technology, you’ll also get to experience NissanConnect, the Altima’s Advanced Driver-Assist Display, a Bose Premium Audio System, and a Remote Engine Start System.
NissanConnect is the centerpiece of technology on the Altima. With it, you get a complete system, which features a touchscreen display, voice recognition, maps, available smartphone apps, and a host of security and convenience features. This is a system that includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Sirius XM Travel Link. Choose this package and you get a free 6-month trial of this subscription-based service.
The phone connectivity provided by NissanConnect gives you a Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, and Voice Command. Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free allow iPhone users even more accessibility behind the wheel.
Advanced Driver-Assist Display
The Advanced Driver-Assist Display found on the Nissan Altima makes the driving experience both easier and safer. How? By putting vital vehicle information (and other miscellaneous information) right in your line of sight. With this display, you’ll never struggle to monitor important information while en route. As an additional LCD screen located on the instrument cluster, this display spans 4.3-inches, and sits directly between the RPM gauge and MPH gauge. It even has 3-D depth and a tilt design to provide great visuals. On it, you’ll find information like incoming calls, texts, navigation instructions, service warnings, and other information.
Bose Premium Audio System
Surely you’ve heard the name Bose at this point. If you haven’t, this is a very famous company that produces high-quality audio sound systems. The Nissan Altima is fortunate enough to boast a Bose nine-speaker sound system on the higher trim levels, providing the driver and passengers with concert-hall-like sound quality.
Remote Engine Start System
Perhaps the pinnacle of convenience technology is the ability to start your car remotely, which is exactly what the Nissan Intelligent Key allows you to do. Simply push the button to start your Altima remotely, and the cabin will either warm up or cool down to a comfortable temperature before you even enter the vehicle. If you get the extended time feature, you’ll get 20 minutes of idle-time, as opposed to the standard time of 10 minutes.
It’s dealer installed, which means you don’t have to worry about trying to figure out how to install it yourself.
Explore the 2017 Altima at Rolling Hills Nissan
The only way to fully appreciate everything that the 2017 Nissan Altima has to offer is to take it for a test drive. Rolling Hills Nissan has various new 2017 Altima sedans in stock, waiting for you to take on a test drive. Come down to Rolling Hills Nissan and discover what you have been missing, by taking this sporty sedan for a test drive, today.