The Nissan Altima started out as a smallish medium-size sedan and subsequently matured into the spacious midsize family sedan it is today. There have been five Altima generations thus far, with the third generation marking the key shift to mainstream dimensions and specifications. Nissan likes to emphasize the Altima's fun-to-drive character, a trait we've come to appreciate in road tests over the years. Significant evolutions in features, finesse and fuel economy have made the Altima a perennial top pick in this popular segment.
In reviews, we've been very impressed with the Nissan Altima. Its engines offer good performance and fuel economy, and it combines a forgiving ride with sure-footed handling. It also has one of the nicest cabins in its class, as you'll find high-quality materials, tight construction, comfortable seats and simple controls. Most of its competitors are worth a look, too, but this Nissan has all the makings of a benchmark. It does all the little things right, and goes the extra mile with its rewarding driving dynamics and high-end cabin.