2011 Nissan Altima

MSRP $20,270 - $25,110

Ranked #6 in Sedan

7.6

Overall Rating

2011 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nissan Altima has been a very popular family sedan for a very long time and now the 2011 iteration comes back in the extremely competitive mid-size sedan market with a completely new and updated design. The car impresses in the very first look and is extremely beautiful to look at. With all the added techs and beautiful aesthetics, this car definitely makes an amazing first impression, but is it as beautiful and well-behaved under its hood? 

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Pros

Good Looking

Active handling

Simple, comfortable interior

Strong acceleration

Cons

Back seat can seem tight

A bit poor Safety

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20270

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

190.7 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3180 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1116 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/32 mpg

highway range

640 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.5 Base$20,270 onwards

2.5 S$22,430 onwards

3.5 SR$25,110 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Its new 2.5L engine does provide an amazing response. There is a turbo option available as well for an additional $4000 and an AWD drivetrain for $1350 more. These additions make the car far more powerful than other sedans in the same range and bring it at par with the Honda Accord and the Ford Fusion. The turbo engine offers adequate low-end torque and the CVT gearbox does not disappoint either.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Nissan Altima Features

8.0/10

The five-seater sedan Nissan Altima is available in three trims, named “2.5”,”2.5 S”, and “3.5 SR”.The base trim, the 2.5 is available only on custom orders. The top end “3.5 SR” trim has an option of a V6 engine, which helps in enhancing the quality of performance of the engine. 

The Nissan Altima can be customized according to the buyer’s whims and fancies with the help of optional packages such as the Special Edition Package, the Convenience Package, and the Convenience Plus Package that are offered. 

Trims

2.5

2.5S

3.5SR

MSRP

$20,270

$22,430

$25,110

Features

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Trip computer

Keyless ignition and entry

Heated side mirrors

 

Cruise control

Six-speaker stereo

Sunroof

 

Keyless entry

Fog lights

Hard-drive navigation system

 

Full power accessories

Rear spoiler

Xenon headlights

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Automatic headlights

Dual-zone climate control

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Without much price difference between the base trims and the top most “3.5SR” trim, we might as well go for the fully loaded top end trim with all the tech gizmos and features.The Altima offers quite a number of features right from the base model and considering that this is the top end trim there will be more.

2011 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2011 Nissan Altima Sedan is offered with a 2.5L Inline-4 engine that churns out 175 hp and a torque of 180 lb-ft.The engine helps give a fun performance helping with a hand of power whenever needed, but the engine is not thrilling enough to keep the driver engaged for a good amount of time. The ride quality is decent and quite smooth.The Altima Sedan comes with a FWD drivetrain that is mated to a CVT. It also offers a V6 engine with top-tier trim that produces 270hp and 258lb.-ft of torque.

Model

Nissan Altima

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord

MSRP

$22,430

$21,850

$22,180

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6 Speed Manual

5 Speed Automatic

Power

175hp@5600rpm

175hp@6000rpm

177hp@6500rpm

Torque

180lb-ft@3900rpm

172lb-ft@4500rpm

161lb-ft@4300rpm

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

8.5

7.1

9.2

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

16.5

15.2

16.8

Top Speed

147MPH

124MPH

147MPH

All the cars are moderate and balanced in terms of power output. The Honda Accord churns out the most power but is the slowest car here taking 9.2 seconds to the 60mph mark. The Nissan Altima comes second and sits in its sweet spot offering the maximum torque. The less powerful Ford Fusion, however, is the fastest car in the segment and clocks 7.1 and 15.2 seconds in the acceleration test and quarter-mile run.

2011 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Altima has always has the fuel economy factor as one of its advantages and generous in returning good mileage figures of 23mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway which is complemented with a fuel tank with a capacity of 20 gallons.This helps in the car having a range of 460.0miles in the city and 640.0miles on the highway.

Model

Nissan Altima

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord

MPG (City)

23

22

23

MPG (Highway)

32

29

34

MPG (Combined)

27

24

27

Fuel Capacity

20.0

17.5

18.5

Range (city/highway/combined)(miles)

460.0/640.0/N/A

385/507.5/N/A

425.5/629.0/N/A

The table on top clearly shows that the 2011 Accord tops the mileage table by returning 34mpg on the highway and matching the Altima’s figures but the smaller 18.5-gallon fuel tank holds the car back and keeps it behind the Altima that leads thanks to the bigger 20-gallon tank. The Ford Fusion is the least frugal and with the smallest fuel tank averages lower range than its competitors.

2011 Nissan Altima Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the car looks stylish and neat.It is built to be practical without compromising the style or make it appear only for show.The cabin feels minimalist and elegant and is filled with a lot of funky features to make the place better.There is a lot of high quality materials used.There is seating for 5 passengers with adequate space for comfortable seating.However, the rear seats might feel a little cramped. The 2011 Nissan Altima Sedan further provides a cargo capacity of 15.3 cubic feet. 

Model

Nissan Altima

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

40.6/55.7/44.1

38.7/57.4/42.3

41.4/58.2/42.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

36.8/55.5/35.8

37.8/56.5/37.1

38.5/56.4/37.2

Cargo Capacity (Cu. Ft)

15.3

16.5

14.7

The Honda Accord once again turns out as the most spacious car but with the least cargo space. The Nissan follows it with a lot of space for the passengers and a good amount of cargo space too. The Ford Fusion comes last in terms of the space in the cabin but it manages to offer the maximum cargo capacity of 16.5 cubic feet.

Other key interior features of the 2011 Nissan Altima include:

  • Leather Upholstery
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Interior Air Filtration

How intuitive is the 2011 Nissan Altima’s infotainment unit?

The 2011 Nissan Altima Sedan comes equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display that feels more technologically advanced enabling convenience for its passengers. The interface is user-friendly and easy to operate and not distracting. The system is responsive, and the features are quite intuitive as well.

Some important infotainment features include:

  • CD Player
  • 6 -Speakers Sound System
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite Radio
  • Hard drive music storage
  • Navigation System 

2011 Nissan Altima Exterior

8.0/10

The outside of the Altima is sleek and clean ever since it was first introduced. The 2011 Nissan Altima Sedan is striking with unique and very detailed design.The exterior has not changed much and is the same as its predecessors and does not look as refreshing or modern like most of its rivals in the market, however,it still remains a classic design.

The exterior feels simple with use of refined chrome for the finish that includes fine lines running from the front fascia through the rear bumpers.The Nissan Altima Sedan also includes LED headlights, power tailgates, and steel wheels. 

Model

Nissan Altima

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord

Curb Weight (lbs)

3193

3285

3279

Length (.in)

190.7

190.6

194.1

Width (.in)

70.7

72.2

72.7

Height (.in)

58.0

56.9

58.1

Ground Clearance (.in)

5.4

6.4

6.1

Wheelbase (.in)

109.3

107.4

110.2

It is evident that the Honda Accord is the biggest sedan in the segment. The Nissan Altima here again follows in terms of size. However, it is also the lightest car among the ones here weighs 3,193 lbs, and offers the least ground clearance of 5.4 inches. The Ford Fusion comes at a trudging last among the three as it is relatively smaller and heavier than the Nissan and the Accord. It gets a maximum ground clearance of 6.4 inches, while the Honda is the longest in terms of overall length and wheelbase measuring 194.1 and 110.2 inches, respectively.

Some standout exterior features of the 2011 Nissan Altima include:

  • 16-Inch Steel Wheels
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Moonroof Wind Deflector
  • Fog Lights
  • Splash Guards
  • LED Headlights

2011 Nissan Altima Safety

6.0/10

Nissan has been consistent and adamant in providing safe cars and effective safety features to its customers. The safety features of the 2011 Nissan Altima Sedan are quite good and actually work in terms of crash prevention and crash mitigation. The Nissan Altima comes with a plethora of safety features like airbags, stability control, emergency braking assist, preview braking, etc. 

Other safety features of the car include:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Forward Lane Collision 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Pre-Collision Safety System

2011 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

The 2011 Altima is a great car that appears modern and fresh. It is also the perfect car for the city in terms of dimensions, it is also really safe and feature-rich. But to Nissan’s disappointment, the Honda Accord manages to outperform both the cars in almost every aspect dealing a decisive blow to Nissan and the Ford and it annihilates them in terms of price too being the most affordable than the other two. Even though the Nissan Altima is a very capable sedan that delivers affable performance, the Accord is just better. 

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