TodayApril 16, 2022

Consumer Reports rates 2008 Nissan Altima first

Consumer Reports acknowledges that Toyota and Honda are perceived as the best manufacturer overall, but dig a little deeper and Nissan is in there. When people think of Toyota they think of the Toyota Camry, selling 473,000 in 2007 alone. But in the mid-sized sedans, the Camry is not first or second in the ranking

According to a press release by Consumer Reports (CR), “The V6-powered Nissan Altima is now ranked first in CRs ratings of midpriced sedans, followed closely by the Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat in that order.”

In the same test, done by Consumer Reports, the four-cylinder Altima also claimed the top spot in CRs ranking of 15 Affordable Family sedans, with a much wider, six-point margin over the Accord. The Kia Optima EX and Toyota Camry LE are ranked third and fourth in that category.

The 2008 V6 Accord delivered 21 mpg in Consumer Reports own fuel-economy tests, down two mpg from the previous generations 23 mpg. The V6 Altima delivers 23 mpg in CR’s tests. The 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe injects some sporty styling into an affordable model.

According to Frederique Le Greves, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nissan North America, Inc., “the Altima has been a success story for Nissan and had its best year in 2007 with 284,762 units sold. In other words, record sales and share in one of the toughest segments and years in the auto business. We also introduced the Altima Coupe last summer and the Altima Hybrid went on sale in late 2006 as a 2007 model. Aside from sales in the US, Altima is exported to a number of markets including Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan and Samoa, and 7 countries in the Middle East.”

2008 Nissan Altima Specs

MPG: Up to 23 city / 32 highway
Horsepower: 170 to 270 hp
Curb weight: 3,055 to 3,334 lbs
Wheel size: 16-17″ diameter, 7-7.5″ width
Transmission: Continuous variable transmission, 6-speed manual
Engine: 2.5 L 4-cylinder, 3.5 L V6

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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