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Nissan Altima

 from 1991 to 2016

Nissan Altima road car

1991 : Generation 1

Like the Stanza before it, the original Altima was based on the Nissan Bluebird SSS (chassis model U13), though its original styling hailed from Nissan's California design studio.
Initially, the car's official name was "Stanza Altima," which appears on the early owners manuals.
1993 models can be seen with a sticker reading "Stanza" in small lettering to the left of the ALTIMA emblem on the trunk lid. All Altima models used Nissan's 150 hp (112 kW) KA24DE straight-4 DOHC engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic (Acceleration performance: 9.4 seconds 0-60 mph (100 km/h) with automatic and 8.4 with manual).
(By contrast, the Japanese Bluebird SSS could be had with Nissan's SR20DET engine and all-wheel-drive.) Suspension was composed of struts with stabilizer bars at both ends and was noted for providing sporty, satisfying handling (plus a firm ride and moderate road noise); all wheels were 15-inches.
Being one of the bigger compact cars, the Altima could seat four adults fairly comfortably, though its body was too narrow for five.
Trim lines consisted of the stripped XE, mid-line GXE, sporty SE, and luxury GLE.
Some options included a gold emblem package, molded mud guards, and a pin stripe.
All models had small cup holders under the radio and a small glovebox which were improved in the 1998 redesign. The base XE (rare) had manual windows.
The mid-line GXE had power windows, a power retracting antenna, pass thru rear armrest, digital clock in dash, and color matched plastic speaker grilles for the rear 6-inch speakers.
The XE and GXE models only had the fixed intermittent wiper switch. In addition to the GXE features, the SE had a stiffer suspension, fog lights, 3 leg mount rear spoiler (1993 models with a clear LED brake light), side skirts (no upper side moldings), and sport seats (plus a standard sunroof in 19941995).
It also had 4-wheel disc brakes, which came on the other trim lines when antilock brakes were ordered. The GLE's enhancements included a digital head-up display (1993 and 1994 only), which displayed speed in mph or km/h, turn signals, and various warning lights on a unique mirrored patch made into the windshield.
The 1989 to 1994 Maxima and 240SX had similar technology but only showed speed.
Other features included a coin holder built into the fuse panel cover (1993 and 1994 only), adjustable lumbar support on the front seats, automatic digital climate control, keyless entry with alarm (optional), floor mats, color matched side mirrors, cornering lights, sunroof, and a higher-powered six-speaker cassette/CD stereo which included 6X9 rear speakers with black metal "active speaker" grilles, metal color matched "active speaker" grilles for the front door speakers (1993 and 1994 only), and a pair of A pillar tweeters all powered by 2 factory amps mounted underneath the rear deck.
For 1997 it gave up all of the above in exchange for standard leather (previously optional).
All SE and GLE models had alloy wheels and variable intermittent wipers. 1993 Altimas came with a rosewood colored dash trim and only had a driver's side airbag coupled with automatic shoulder belts(the center console was slimmer to accommodate the lap belts).
The 1994 Altima gained a darker burl wood dash trim, a flush mount passenger airbag and regular seatbelts.
1993 and 1994 models came with chrome inner door handles standard with an auto door lock/unlock feature on the passenger side.
In 1995, the inner door handles were changed to color matched plastic, and a plug replaced where the passenger auto door lock/unlock feature was.
1993 and 1994 models also had a slim 1 1/2 armrest lid, however, if an optional leather armrest was selected, it brought the height up to about 4.5 inches (110 mm).
In 1995, all the armrest lids were thicker and about 4.5 inches (110 mm) tall.
1995 also brought a new venetian blind-like grille, new taillights (red and clear), and a new 2 leg mount spoiler with a red LED brake light for the SE.
Some other changes included the removal of the rear speaker grilles for a flat rear deck, a cheaper cloth interior, a raised mount passenger airbag, a plastic cover replacing the rear ashtray, and the digital in dash clock was now optional.
1996 brought new wheel covers for base models.
In 1997 the GXE gained a new "Limited Edition" package including alloy wheels, keyless entry, alarm, floor mats, and a Limited Edition sticker on each side near the front wheels.
The majority of final-year Altima models were dubbed "1997.5" models, signifying the added crash protection necessary to meet 1997 side-impact standards.

Nissan Altima Sedan  (1991-1997)

1997 : Generation 2

The second generation (chassis model L30) was an American market-only version, again styled by Nissan's California design center.
A new interior brought a revised glovebox and cup holders, a folding back seat (except on XE), and depowered airbags. ...


Nissan Altima   (1997-2001)

2002 : Generation 3

The third-generation Altima (chassis model L31) debuted for the 2002 model year.
It was the first mass-market product built on Nissan's new FF-L platform, which was unique to North America and had no equivalent model in Japan.
The Asian Nissan Teana is similar but not quite identical, slotting between the Altima and Maxima in size; all three model lines shared the same platform.
The Altima grew enormously for this generation, as interior volume expanded to 118.8 cubic feet (3.36 m3).
The Altima's interior ...


Nissan Altima   (2002-2006)

2006 : Generation 4


Nissan Altima   (2006-2012)

Nissan Altima coupe  (2007-2016)

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