The V6 engine now produces 5 more horsepower. Air conditioning is not part of the base package, however, and other options are limited. Decent-sized seats in front complement the legroom. Its gooseneck hinges intrude into the useable space, but have the advantage of popping open the trunk lid when a button on the key fob is pressed. The V6 turns the Altima into a sports sedan, especially when paired with the five-speed manual transmission.
The Altima is among the best in its class in terms of roominess and comfort. Punch it in any gear and this car takes off. Bold styling sets the Altima apart among bland-looking sedans. While driving 45 mph, the driver's seat collapsed on the right side. Handling is exemplary, thanks party to a newly designed multi-link rear suspension, which uses aluminum components to reduce weight eight percent relative to steel. Air conditioning vents are flush-mounted on the dash, rather than in protruding pods as in many other cars. For 2003, a four-speed automatic transmission, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors and simulated wood trim have been added to the list.
Rear seats are supportive and comfortable with good legroom and sufficient headroom. The failure moved the contact's body to one side of the seat. A new Leather Sport Package combines the Leather Package, with the spoiler and xenon headlights. A 6-foot, 4-inch passenger can sit comfortably behind a 6-foot, 4-inch driver. The 2002 Nissan Altima won the North American Car of the Year title, an award determined by 50 of the nation's top independent automotive journalists. Front legroom in the Altima is more generous than in all but the largest vehicles on the road.
A new Sport Package adds a power glass sunroof and spoiler; the Sport Package Plus includes the sunroof and spoiler plus the Bose premium audio system and xenon headlights. Nissan dealer like to take money for diagnosis and tells me the car is unsafe to drive. This is especially true with the Altima 3. He said that he was able to stick his hand through the bottom of my floorboard and touch my driver's seat. Changes for 2003 are minimal, consisting mainly of refinements to interior trim, our chief complaint with last year's model. The Altima rides well, though not as smoothly as the new Accord, Camry, or Passat, and road vibration can be felt through the steering wheel. The whole front of the car looks like one cohesive unit.
Climate control knobs lie directly below, are well located and have a nice feel to them. A binnacle directly in front of the driver contains three pods for the speedometer, tachometer, and water temperature and fuel gauges. It ends in a high trunk that is set off by bold round taillights, turn signals and backup lights all set behind a triangular-shaped clear cover. The Altima is assembled with a one-piece bodyside structure, for more consistent panel fit, and Nissan claims panel-fit accuracy within 1. Seams for the passenger-side airbag are invisible, cleverly hidden in a large expanse of unembellished dashboard surface.
Even the base Altima comes with 16-inch wheels, which help its looks and its handling. The Nissan Altima is roomy, comfortable, and practical. Based upon the number of complaints, it looks like this is a known issue and that Nissan will not do anything to compensate. I own a 2003 Nissan Altima. The interior design gives the Altima a feeling of spaciousness. .
He noticed that the metal fatigue in the back bolt, which held the seat to the bottom, was snapped into two parts. The dashboard is set relatively low. I've also been in contact with Nissan Consumer Affairs. Attentive observers might spot styling cues from the Volkswagen Passat up front, and design elements similar to the Audi A6 in the rear. It provides roomy, comfortable front seats and roomy, comfortable back seats. A compact balance system and silent-chain cam drive ensure smooth running for such a big four. Springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, and speed-rated tires are designed for sharper handling response.
Sound system controls live in a raised, ovoid panel in the center of the dash. This had me very concerned due to the potential for the driver's seat to fall out of the car while I'm driving. Model Lineup Nissan Altima is available in four trim levels: 2. It feels distinctly larger than the Honda Accord and other mid-size sedans. The trunk has a large opening and generous volume.