If you’re looking for an all-wheel-drive family sedan the only real option is the Subaru Legacy but Nissan hopes to change that with the brand new Altima. Powered by a 2.5L 4 Cylinder with 182hp and 178lb-ft of torque it’s mated to Nissan’s excellent CVT then to a new-to-the-Altima all-wheel-drive system. Nissan says it’s similar in design to the Nissan Rogue, so we should see the power driving the front wheels and sent to the rear only when needed. In Canada, we don’t have any engine options just yet, unlike the US where you can get the VC turbo, basically the same engine that’s in the Infiniti QX50. The 2L turbocharged variable compression engine puts out 248hp and 273lb-ft of torque also paired with a CVT transmission but sadly it lacks the all-wheel-drive system.
Overall the Altima is a good looking sedan with a lot of features that buyers in the segment are looking for. With a base price of $27,998, the Altima comes with the aforementioned all-wheel-drive system, plenty of safety equipment and even a remote starter. As tested it’s $34,998 there’s plenty of value for anyone that’s in the market for a well-rounded family sedan.
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