Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,094 - $3,454
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
175-240
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,094 - $3,454
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
175-240
Seats
5

Nissan Altima Models & Trims

2002 Nissan Altima Owner Reviews

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My Experience - 2002 Nissan Altima

2002 Nissan Altima SE

I haven't had many issues with my car, being as it's a 2002 model. It still runs great. I'm unsure of any issues that previous owner(s) may have had and to the extent of repairs my father has completed since our purchase of the car 6 years ago. I absolutely love my heated seats; however, all of the seats are showing wear and tear, especially along the seams. The steering wheel is as well. These, of course, are to be expected from a car made so long ago. My CD changer broke a few years ago, so I have been unable to utilize that feature. This is a real bummer as there isn't an aux port and the car doesn't have Bluetooth capabilities. Again, to be expected from an older car, but it's kind of a let down in today's technological world. We did have to disconnect my sunroof as it would open outwards, but you could no longer get it to close without taking very annoying and drastic measures to get a possible result. About a year ago, the front passenger window lost its capability to use the automatic feature to close properly. It will automatically open, but you have to manually close it. Other than a few minor issues here and there, mainly based on convenience standards, the car is fantastic. I got rear-ended in a traffic jam once and walked away with not so much as a minor dent so that's a plus in my book.

- Lauren M

Easy to drive. Great car. If more space, I'd keep it longer.

2002 Nissan Altima

As far as performance goes on my Nissan Altima, I have never had a problem with it running or anything of that nature. The only real issues I have with this vehicle, is its not very family friendly. I have a 1 year old that requires a car seat. I would prefer her car seat to be placed in the middle seat in the back seat, but the middle seat in my 2002 Nissan Altima is slightly higher than the left and the right back seat seats, meaning I have to put her on the opposite side of the driver's seat so I am able to see her. If my family and I are on a road trip, I am usually sitting in the passenger seat, and there is not much room for leaning my seat back or for me to stretch my legs. We have 2 dogs, my toddler and my husband and I, and if the vehicle was just a tad bit extended, I feel like we would feel so smooshed in. I also wish I had an aux. Cord plug in built in.

- Savannah E

2002 Altima se faster than it looks.

2002 Nissan Altima SE

The se is fully loaded, power everything, sunroof, heated seats, v6 engine and is a lot quicker than one might think. Granted mine is a 2002 and is rusty but still runs strong with regular maintenance and doing my own repairs, it is normal for a car this age to start having problems. Main issues with this engine is the valve covers warping and/or cracking, allowing oil to get into the spark plug wells and fouling them out, causing misfires, only option is to replace the valve covers and get new spark plugs. The cam and crankshaft sensors are also known to fail prematurely but it is an easy and inexpensive replacement. Car does not have the best wet traction, then again it might just be time for new tires. Overall good car, older models just be ready to replace a few parts.

- Felipe B

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$2,094 - $3,255
$2,273 - $3,454

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 hp
175 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC 6
2.5L DOHC 4
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.9 in.
43.9 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.8 in.
40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.4 in.
36.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.6 cu. ft.
15.6 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.2 in.
110.2 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 ft.
37.4 ft.

Length

Length
191.5 in.
191.5 in.

Width

Width
70.4 in.
70.4 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3225 - 3273 lbs.
3048 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 hp
175 hp

Torque

Torque
246 ft. lbs.
181 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
20 gal.
20 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 - 21 mpg
26 mpg

City

City
19 - 21 mpg
23 mpg

Highway

Highway
26 mpg
29 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety