2017 Nissan Altima

MSRP $22,500 - $32,990

Ranked #5 in Sedan

8.1

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2017 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Nissan Altima offers a better interior and more cutting-edge features, all while keeping its price low and its reputation for quality high. Nissan has already given Altima a major update in 2016  and the 2017 model is carried over from last year with no major changes. It competes against the Subaru Legacy, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry.

The 2017 Nissan Altima is priced from about $22,500 for the base 2.5 to $32,690 for the top-of-the-line 3.5 SR. The 2.5-liter inline-4 is standard and produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The top two models' 3.5L V6 engine produces 270 hp and 251 pound-feet of torque. Will it, however, function admirably on the road? The Nissan Altima Sedan now appears as a more attractive, suitable, and economical family car, bringing back the driving pleasure experience.

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Pros

Front Seats are comfortable

User-friendly and affordable navigation radio

Good Design and Styling

Cons

Less rear-seat headroom

Higher level of noise inside cabin than most counterparts

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24470

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

121 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

179 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

177 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

6450 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.1

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/37 mpg

highway range

666.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$22,500 onwards

S$22,900 onwards

SR$24,470 onwards

SV$25,460 onwards

SL$28,570 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.6

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


"Nissan Altima remains a fine mainstream choice in the midsize category, though some competitors offer considerably more modern technology."  - Auto Blog

The 2017 Nissan Altima is unaltered for the new model year as the 2016 model was updated with a firmer rear suspension and a retuned steering wheel. There were even more safety features available with the previous model. Now, the 2017 Nissan Altima is available for purchase, with improvements over last year's model to put it ahead of competitors like the Subaru Legacy, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry. 

The base model of the 2017 Nissan Altima starts at $23,335 MSRP. However, for $400 extra, you can upgrade to the 2.5 S, which comes with a rearview camera, cruise control, and a 5-inch touchscreen. The price of the sportier SR version is about $25,305. A V6 Altima begins at a little more than $28,000 while a fully equipped 3.5 SL Altima may cost upwards of $30,000.


8.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.6/10
Safety


2017 Nissan Altima Features

8.5/10

There are seven trim levels available for the 2017 Nissan Altima: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR, and 3.5 SL. The 2.5L inline-four engine is standard on the base models trim level. On the SR and SL trims, a 3.5L V6 engine is available.

The 2017 Nissan Altima is available in 4 trims

In base trim, the Altima 2.5 comes with 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, keyless remote entry, push-button ignition, full power accessories, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat (four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat), 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player.

Trims Base 2.5 2.5 S 2.5 SR 2.5 SV 2.5 SL 3.5 SL 3.5 SR
MSRP $22,500 $22,900 $24,470 $25,760 $28,870 $32,990 $32,690
Features Projector-type halogen headlights Projector-type halogen headlights Projector-type halogen headlights Projector-type halogen headlights Projector-type halogen headlights LED headlights with integrated signature LED headlights with integrated signature
  Dual body-color power outside mirrors Dual body-color power outside mirrors Smoked headlights Dual body-color power outside mirrors Dual body-color power outside mirrors Dual body-color power outside mirrors Smoked headlights
  Advanced Drive-Assist Display Advanced Drive-Assist Display Dual body-color power outside mirrors Advanced Drive-Assist Display Advanced Drive-Assist Display Advanced Drive-Assist Display Dual body-color power outside mirrors
  Air conditioning Air conditioning Advanced Drive-Assist Display Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  Remote keyless entry   Air conditioning Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control   Air conditioning
  Sun visors with vanity mirrors           Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control

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The 2.5 SR finds the perfect mix between all of the trims, with extra perks such as better handling owing to the sport suspension. Aside from that, it has a steering wheel with paddle shifters installed on it, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and machine-finish 18-inch wheels. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is included in the Special Edition package along with additional features like SiriusXM radio, navigation services, and remote engine start.

2017 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

7.5/10
". Unlike many competitors, the 2017 Altima sedan offers buyers a choice between a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder and a more potent V6." - Kelley Blue Book

2017 Nissan Altima Engine and Transmission

The basic 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine in the 2017 Nissan Altima is well-refined and suitable for a sedan. It is smooth and generates 179 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque in terms of performance. If you want more power and speed, the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 hp is the way to go.

2017 Nissan Altima Engine Bay

The continuously variable transmission has seen a significant improvement over prior versions. It's now incredibly quick and fluid, and it works so well in normal situations that you could forget it's a CVT! When the driver flattens the accelerator foot, the transmission performs more like a traditional automatic with simulated gears.

Models 2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
MSRP $22,500 $22,195 $22,610 $23,840
Engine 2.5-liter 4 cylinder 2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder 2.5-liter 4 cylinder 2.5-liter 4 cylinder
Transmission CVT Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic
Power 179 hp @ 6000 rpm     175 hp @ 5800 rpm     175 hp @ 6000 rpm     178 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 177 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm     174 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm     175 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm     170 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

The Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry battle closely, with the former having a greater power output of 179 hp versus the latter's 178 hp, and the Camry outperforming the Altima in torque generation with 184 lb-ft aganist the Altima's 177 lb-ft. The Subaru Legacy and Ford Fusion both have similar engine outputs, with only a 1 lb-ft variation in torque.

The 2017 Nissan Altima gets from 0-60 MPH in 8.2 seconds

2017 Nissan Altima Acceleration

The 2017 Nissan Altima can get from 0-60 mph in just 8.2 seconds which is slightly behind the Toyota Camry which completed the 0-60 mph run in just 7.6 seconds. The Subaru Legacy is the slowest in the range with a 0-60 mph time of 9.1 seconds. In terms of acceleration, the Nissan Altima comes a step above the Subaru Legacy and Ford Fusion. 

Models 2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
0-60 MPH 8.2 sec 9.1 sec 8.5 sec 7.6 sec
Quarter mile 16.0 sec 17.0 sec 16.2 sec 15.9 sec
Engine 2.5L 2.5L 2.5 L 2.5 L
Emission

 

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.6 6.0 7.1 6.5

Over the quarter-mile, the Toyota is the fastest with 15.9 seconds, followed by the 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan with 16 seconds, the Ford with 16.2 seconds, and the Subaru with 17 seconds. The 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan is also known for being the least emitting vehicle, whereas the Fusion has the most.

2017 Nissan Altima Ride and Handling

The Altima keeps up with Honda, Subaru, and Toyota's basic family vehicles in 4-cylinder form, but the 270-horsepower V6 in the 3.5 versions transforms this modest family sedan into something a little more menacing. When compared to its competitors, the CVT is more responsive when you press on the gas pedal, and the simulated stepped gears help to eliminate engine drone. On a twisting road, the 2017 Altima remains composed and predictable, although the overall ride quality is significantly less polished on uneven surfaces.

2017 Nissan Altima Braking

The 11.7-inch front brakes and 11.5-inch rear brakes don't suffer from any deficiencies. Moreover, the brake pedals feel firm enough for you to cruise the 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan at highway speeds in confidence.

Model 2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Brake Front(in) 11.7 11.6 11.8 11.7
Brake Rear(in) 11.5 11.8 11.9 11.0
Curb weight(lbs) 3212 3470 3472 3300
60-0 MPH (ft.) 121 119 122 126

After suffering from the lowest engine output and acceleration performance, the Subaru buckles up and exhibits the best braking power by bringing the vehicle at the fastest by covering a distance of 119 feet. The 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan ends up being the second-best with a stopping distance of 121 feet. Falling short by just one foot, the Ford Fusion comes next and is followed by the slowest Toyota Camry, which manages to stop the vehicle at 126 feet coming down from 60 mph.

2017 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2017 Altima's 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine gets 27 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined, while the 3.5-liter V6 engine gets 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. This characteristic is mostly due to the constantly variable transmission.

Model 2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
MPG (city) 27 25 21 24
MPG (highway) 38 34 32 33
MPG (combined) 31 29 25 27
Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.0 18.5 16.5 17.0
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 486/702/558 463/629/537 347/528/413 408/561/459

The Altima has the highest fuel economy ratings followed by the Subaru with 25 mpg in cities, 34 mpg on highways, and 29 mpg combined. Camry isn't far behind, with a city fuel economy of 24 mpg, highway fuel economy of 33 mpg, and combined fuel economy of 27 mpg. Last but not least, at 21 mpg in cities, 32 mpg on highways, and 25 mpg combined, the Ford is the least fuel-efficient of the four.

2017 Nissan Altima Interior

8.0/10
" the Altima is comfortable place for four adults, and its interior is both stylish and sophisticated"- Kelley Blue Book

Nissan Altima Seating and comfort

The 2017 Nissan Altima provides seating for five people and plenty of legroom in the back, while headroom is limited. All Altimas have Nissan's zero-gravity seats in the front. The seating, which is said to have been inspired by NASA, is quite comfortable for a range of body types, whether they are fabric or leather.

2017 Nissan Altima Front and Rear Seats

The passenger capacity of all four vehicles is the same: five. The Altima and the Subaru have the most headroom in the front seats, while the Camry has the least. The Altima also offers the highest legroom, but the Camry continues to be lacking in this department.

Model

2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 101.9 104.6 102.8 102.7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

40/56.4/45.0 40.0/58.1/42.9 39.2/57.8/44.3 38.3/58.0/41.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

37.1/56.4/36.1 37.0/57.3/38.1 37.8/56.69/38.3 38.1/56.6/38.9

When it comes to the rear seats, the Camry offers the most legroom and headroom. While the Subaru has the least amount of headroom, the Nissan has a plenty of legroom. The following are some of the key interior features:

  • Power adjustable driver and passenger seat with multilevel heating
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • External temperature display
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with audio and cruise controls
  • Universal remote transmitter and keyless ignition
  • Interior air filtration
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror and a rearview camera
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

2017 Nissan Altima Infotainment System

The standard 5-inch display is tiny and difficult to see at a glance; the upgrade to a 7-inch display is larger but less intuitive than competing devices. The screen's low placement also makes it difficult to view. Thankfully, it is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

2017 Nissan Altima Dashboard and Infotainment System

Some major features of the infotainment system are:

  • Bose stereo system with 2 subwoofers and 9 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo

2017 Nissan Altima Cargo Volume

The Altima's trunk space is about average for the class at 15.4 cubic feet, but the wide and low entrance earns it extra marks. The cabin also has plenty of storage space for your own belongings.

Model 2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Trunk volume (ft. cube) 15.4 15.0 16.0 15.4

The Ford Fusion turns out to be most spacious in terms of cargo space with 16 cubic feet while the miseries for Subaru pile up with its smallest 15 cubic feet of cargo space.

2017 Nissan Altima Exterior

7.5/10

"Thoroughly inconspicuous, the Nissan Altima does little to stand out from the crowd." - The Car Connection

2017 Nissan Altima Dimensions and Weight

With Nissan's iconic V-shaped grille design and slim headlamp housing, the new Altima has a strong familial resemblance to the rest of the company's automobile range. The Altima's rear end has an expressive bumper and horizontally extending taillight housings into the trunk door.

It has the smallest ground clearance, is the shortest, and has the heaviest body weight. The Subaru is the tallest and has the shortest wheelbase of the four. The Ford boasts the most width, ground clearance, and wheelbase. Finally, with the exception of being the shortest, the Camry is a dimensionally well-balanced automobile.

Model 2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Subaru Legacy  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
curb weight(lbs) 3212 3514 3472 3300
Length(in) 191.9 188.8 191.7 190.9
Width(in) 72.0 72.4 72.9 71.7
Height(in) 57.8 59.0 58.1 57.9
Ground clearance(in) 5.4 5.9 6.4 6.1
Wheelbase(in) 109.3 108.3 112.2 109.2
Track width(in) F/R 62.4/62.3 62.2/62.8 62.7/62.4 62.4/62.0

Some notable interior features of the 2017 Nissan Altima are:

  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • All-season tires and alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Front fog and driving lights
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes.

2017 Nissan Altima Safety

8.6/10

The 2017 Nissan Altima received a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. In addition, it received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover test. The 2017 Altima earned a top score of Good in each of the six crash tests conducted by the IIHS, resulting in a Top Safety Pick+ award.

The impressive safety bundle of the Altima includes rear-cross traffic alert and blind-spot warning, a forward-collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and automated emergency braking.

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags for side-impact and rollover head protection for front and rear-seat outboard occupants
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)
  • Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for the driver)
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure display and Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Vehicle Security System

2017 Nissan Altima Competition

2017 Subaru Legacy vs 2017 Nissan Altima

The Subaru Legacy 2.5i is a good value for sedan fans, with a slew of safety features and all-wheel drive as standard. It has two engine options: a 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder and a 3.6-liter flat 6-cylinder, both of which are coupled with a continuously variable gearbox. The entertainment system, which is compatible with smartphones, adds to the pleasant interior experience. The Subaru has somewhat less engine power and significantly slower acceleration than the Nissan. It has strong braking abilities, although its fuel-efficiency suffers slightly.

2017 Subaru Legacy

2017 Ford Fusion vs 2017 Nissan Altima

The Ford Fusion provides something for everyone, from luxury aesthetics to everyday usefulness. The Fusion provides a wide range of customization options, including a handful of engine options, a 6-speed gearbox, and basic front-wheel and optional all-wheel-drive systems. Its sporty handling and strong posture are credited to the stiffer suspension. When comparing the Fusion to the Altima, we can observe that it has a little lesser engine power and lags behind in acceleration. Its brakes and fuel efficiency are also underwhelming.

2017 Ford Fusion

2017 Toyota Camry vs 2017 Nissan Altima

The Toyota Camry has managed to live up to its reputation once again, thanks to a more responsive chassis and an eye-catching new appearance. The 8-speed automatic transmission is compatible with both the inline 4cylinder and V6 engines. With a slew of new active safety features, the Camry becomes even more attractive. When compared to the Nissan Altima, the Camry has a similar engine power and far superior acceleration.

2017 Toyota Camry

 

2017 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

As a family car, the 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan impresses us in many ways. Aside from its bland appearance, there isn't much to criticize about this midsize automobile. Improvements in technology would make it even more enticing than it is now. The adoption of higher-quality materials would also help the cause.  Finally, we can conclude that, being the mid-priced car among its competitors, the Nissan Altima Sedan is a fantastic value and a win-win situation for us.

 

2017 Nissan Altima FAQs

How much does the 2017 Nissan Altima cost?

The 2017 Nissan Altima starts at $23,335 MSRP for the base model. The 2.5 S Trim cost $400 more. The more sporty SR variant costs around $25,305. A V6 Altima starts at just over $28,000, but a fully loaded 3.5 SL Altima may cost well over $30,000.

Is the 2017 Nissan Altima reliable?

J.D. Power has given the 2017 Nissan Altima an above-average projected reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. In terms of warranty, the 2017 Altima is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile warranty from Nissan. The powertrain is warrantied for 60,000 miles or five years.

What are the main safety features of the 2017 Nissan Altima?

The 2017 Altima comes with a variety of accident-avoidance features, including lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system, and a moving-object alert. Collision-warning and avoidance systems are available as options on SL trims. The Easy-Fill Tire Alert feature makes it easier to fill tires by beeping the Altima's horn when you've pumped them up sufficiently. Optional Safety features for the 2017 Nissan Altima include blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, parking assist, automatic forward emergency braking, and a rearview camera.

What are the engine options available for the 2017 Nissan Altima?

Owners can choose between a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that generates 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.

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