Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,627 - $7,426
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
35 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
175-270
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,627 - $7,426
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
35 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
175-270
Seats
5

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Ranks #1 Midsize Cars by Fuel Economy

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Reviews

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Custom rims and tinted windows dressed her up!

2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Overall I'm happy with my car, however there has been a few issues. The CVT transmission had to be replaced which I didn't know was an issue with a range of years on the Altima. The dealership was able to replace it with a new one from Nissan since I bought the service plan, otherwise I would have been out of luck. Next is the sticky injectors. If I don't run injector cleaner in every other tank of gas I lose significant horsepower and it will stutter like it might die...still trying to get to the bottom of that issue. So now for the good! This car offers a smooth ride, and great stock sound system. I like the design and with adding custom rims and tint to the windows it looks a little more sporty even though it's only a 4cyl. Overall, you've got to do your maintenance and parts are not cheap like some other vehicle brands, so plan ahead and you'll have a great car for years to come.

- Chelsea B

Quiet, comfortable, economic

2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

For the most part I really like the car. It's a fairly quiet, comfortable ride, and the fuel economy is pretty good as long as you keep your foot off the pedal. My only complaint so far is the CVT transmission sometimes acts like it's slipping and begins to make a whining sound, especially when going up a hill. There are nearly 150,000 miles on the car and it hasn't needed any major mechanical repairs, so I really can't complain. Also, it seats 4 large adults comfortably with plenty of legroom in the back. The trunk is also quite large. As far as driving, it handles well and has plenty of power when you need it. While the CVT transmission has been an issue for some, it does make for a comfortable driving experience, with no hard shifts or anything of that nature. Overall, I would recommend this car to anybody, it would be a great first car or even a family commuter. 9/10

- Kyle H

A Nissan will last forever.

2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

I like a lot about my Nissan. As far as aesthetics. I like the overall shape. I love the style of factory tail lights. Headlights are fogged up which I don't like. I like that there is plenty of room inside the car & trunk. I bought my Nissan used so there were quite a lot of miles already on it. However Nissan engines are built very well & are known to last a long time. As long as you keep up regular maintenance. When I bought my car there was absolutely no oil in it! So needless to say there was quite a lot of initial upkeep that needed to be done. As of now every part that I've had to buy & have replaced has been fairly cheap compared to my other car. I love the Nissan brand in general and would never hesitate to recommend someone to get one themselves.

- Amanda J

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$19,900
$29,380

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
270 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 16
3.5L DOHC 24

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
44.1 in.
44.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.1 - 40.6 in.
40.1 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.8 in.
35.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.9 - 36.8 in.
35.9 - 36.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.3 cu. ft.
15.3 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/60R16
P215/60R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.3 in.
109.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.1 ft.
36.1 ft.

Length

Length
189.8 in.
189.8 in.

Width

Width
70.7 in.
70.7 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3179 lbs.
3407 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 & 5600 - 175 hp
270 hp

Torque

Torque
175 - 180 ft. lbs.
258 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
20 gal.
20 gal.

Combined

Combined
27 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
23 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 mpg
26 mpg

Transmission

CVT Transmission

CVT Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety