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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S

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Recently my sister leased a brand new Radiant Silver on black Altima 2.5S. It's got the CVT and intelli-key system. Its a great package, for the the 22k or 23k but compared to our 06 Malibu that was the same price, the Malibu has twice as much options. Now for what makes the Altima a deal. The interior, why boring for most I find great. Materials are top notch, especially the cloth, which is some sort of cloth and suede like material. The only downside to me actually is the headroom , from the drivers seat I feel like my head and the roof are almost touching, there is plenty of leg room but. As for the exterior, yeah it looks ALOT like the old Altima, but its still very attractive. Now on to what matters most, the performance. Coming from our 4 speed auto, 205 hp anemic 06 Malibu, the Altima is such a delight to drive. Steering was light but responsive almost playful like and acceleration was excellent. The 4-cylinder sounds like a V-6 to me , feels like it also. I for one could really care less about the CVT, its a cool feature I guess but to me its another transmission (although it is equipped with a manumatic mode which is awesome). The ride is some what stiff but comfortable. My biggest flaw with the driving aspect of it was my vision really. I am used to driving the Malibu and the Equinox that we have (which is also brand new, LS1 in Golden Teal, working on pictures) so my judgment may be used to those cars, but I felt like my judgment was impaired in the Altima, as far parking and everything goes. I'll also include that stereo system is awesome, and I love having the AUX jack (the new Equinox we have has it as well). Well thats it for my 10 minute drive of the Altima, i wanted to share it with you because it really is an awesome car, yes somewhat over price and under equipped at points, but a great car. So much fun to drive and I'd most certainly recommend it to anyone in the market for a mid-size car (after the Malibu and Aura haha). Sorry if this review is rather boring haha.

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I test-drove one a year or so ago (an '07, but not many changes between the two). My assessment would be the same as yours.

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