Basic but comfortable interior built with quality materials
Responsive handling and steering
Handsome exterior styling which looks good as a coupe or sedan
Backseat comfort is not very good
Confusing options list
Ruling: The Nissan Altima Coupe offers performance, comfort, safety, and economy in a good looking package.
The 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe is available in 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine-equipped 2.5 S and 3.5-liter V6 engine-equipped 3.5 SR trim levels, each offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).
A 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve QR25 inline 4-cylinder, producing 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque gets an estimated 23 mpg in the city and up to 32 mpg on the highway with the CVT.
The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and refined sound quality. Estimated fuel economy for the 3.5-liter engine mated to the CVT is 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The 6-speed manual gets an estimated 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
For 2011, the Altima Coupe retains its signature hood, grille and front bumper, along with projector beam headlights and standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Altima 3.5 SR models offer standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The Infiniti-like redesign is sporty and aggressive looking
CVT is smooth and non-intrusive
Great iPod integration with Premium package
Interior conveniences: large glove box and hidden front seat storage are nice
Base 4-cylinder could use more oomph
HVAC and other controls look dated
Suspension could be more sporty
Verdict: The 2010 model has undergone a refresh this year and is much improved. The revised look gives it an almost G37-like appearance. From just about every angle the car looks fantastic. With a number of improvements made this year, the Nissan Altima Coupe is better than ever. It is not as powerful as its competition, but the Altima is a competent and comfortable car. If a gas sucking pony car is not for you then the Altima Coupe is a compelling option. It looks great, is pleasant to drive and burns less gas than its competition. Priced at $22,940 base, it's an attractive option for people that don't want nor need four doors.