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2006 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

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Stock # :
8172
VIN # :
1N4AL11D96N436706
Engine:
2.5L 4 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Polished Pewter Metallic
Interior Color:
Black
Body
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
23
Highway MPG:
29
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2006 nissan altima

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.5
228 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (75%)
4 Star - (16%)
3 Star - (5%)
2 Star - (4%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.6
COMFORT
4.6
INTERIOR
4.5
RELIABILITY
4.5
VALUE
3.8

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Though lacking a bit in refinement, the 2006 Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan to be desired, especially when equipped with the 250-horsepower V6.

What's New

Changes to the Nissan Altima for 2006 are limited to package revisions and the addition of optional satellite radio.

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PROS

Sports car power in a midsize sedan body, excellent handling, roomy and comfortable interior, high level of features, distinctive styling.

Introduction

Introduced in 1993, the first-generation Nissan Altima sold well, proved reliable and was rather fun to drive. A solid car all around, even today as an inexpensive used vehicle. Then, in 1998, Nissan redesigned it into obscurity. The car was still reliable and rather fun to drive, and it was even bigger inside and out than the original. Surefire recipe for success, right? Problem was it had the personality of a bowl of dry Grape Nuts. Staid styling, obvious cost-cutting and an overall tinny feel did the Altima no favors, and the "affordable luxury" advertising tag line no longer rang true. The Nissan car faded from consumer shopping lists, kept alive thanks only to fleet sales and hefty rebates.

With the third-generation Altima, Nissan said it wanted to bring a sense of passion and driving spirit back into the segment. Wanted? More like needed. Since its redesign in 2002, the Nissan Altima has been a wild success as buyers have been won over by its likable combination of performance, space and comfort. Interior design and materials have never been its strong suit in a class populated by the ever refined Accord, Camry and Passat, though Nissan improved the cabin quarters somewhat for 2005. Many competitors now have big V6s of their own to keep up with the Altima, while the Mazda 6 and Galant hold a slight edge in dynamics. Even so, the 2006 Nissan Altima still delivers a well-rounded package in either the sedate 2.5 S or the zoomy 3.5 SE. A slightly more powerful Altima SE-R model with a firmer suspension was added to the lineup last year, so for those looking for a family sedan that can still thrill in the turns, the Altima deserves serious attention.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

Six Nissan Altima models are offered: the base 2.5, 2.5 S, 3.5 SE, 3.5 SL and SE-R. The 2.5 is a bare-bones model with minimal features. Most buyers will want to start with the 2.5 S as it has air conditioning; cruise control; a stereo with a CD player; power windows, locks and mirrors; and keyless entry. Next up is the 3.5 SE, which adds V6 power, 17-inch alloy wheels and sportier suspension tuning. The 3.5 SL has a softer suspension and smaller 16-inch wheels, but adds more upscale amenities like leather seating, a sunroof, a trip computer, power driver seat, automatic climate control, a Bose audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and steering wheel-mounted controls; many of these features are optional on the 2.5 S and 3.5 SE. The performance-oriented Altima SE-R has all of the above features, plus an even firmer suspension than the 3.5 SE. It also has 18-inch wheels with summer tires, bigger brakes, unique gauges, dark chrome trim, sport seats and HID headlights. The only major stand-alone option for the Altima is a DVD-based navigation system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2.5 Altima models are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated for 175 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque (170 hp and 175 lb-ft in PZEV states). The base 2.5 takes a five-speed manual transmission only, but 2.5 S buyers have their choice of the manual or a four-speed automatic. The 3.5 SE, 3.5 SL and SE-R come with a 3.5-liter V6. In the 3.5 SE and SL, this engine cranks out 250 horses and 249 lb-ft of twist. Tuning enhancements on the SE-R push horsepower and torque to 260 and 251, respectively. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic on 3.5 SE and SE-R models; the 3.5 SL comes with an automatic only.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard; ABS is standard on the SE-R, 3.5 SL and automatic-equipped 3.5 SE and optional on all other Altimas, except the base 2.5. Also optional are front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Traction control is optional on V6 automatic models only. In government crash tests, the Nissan Altima received a perfect five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts. An Altima without side airbags earned three stars for side-impact protection. In IIHS frontal offset crash testing conducted by the IIHS, the Altima received the top rating of "Good."

Interior Design and Special Features

The dashboard features a sporty three-pod instrument layout and an uncluttered center stack. The steering wheel offers tilt and telescoping adjustment. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and roomy, and the trunk has a generous 15.6-cubic-foot capacity.

Driving Impressions

Both engines render the 2006 Nissan Altima fun to drive, and its capable suspension gives the Nissan car a more sporting character than most family sedans. True enthusiasts will want to check out the Altima SE-R performance model as it offers the most aggressively tuned suspension.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Passenger Air Bag

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Wheel Covers

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 105,000 mile tune-up interval
  • 16" wheels w/full wheel covers
  • 2.5L DOHC I4 engine
  • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat w/lock
  • ALR/ELR seat belt system for passenger seating positions
  • Assist handles-inc (1) front, (2) rear
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color moldings
  • Bright side-window moldings
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Chrome inside door handle
  • Chrome ring around speedometer & speaker grilles
  • Coin holder
  • Contoured reclining front bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints
  • Cruise control
  • Driver & passenger supplemental dual-stage front airbags
  • Driver/front passenger seat back pockets
  • Dual 12V DC pwr points

 

  • Dual body-color pwr exterior mirrors
  • Dual cup holders in center console w/1-liter bottle capacity
  • Dual cup holders in rear center armrest
  • Dual front/rear door map pockets
  • Dual height adjustable driver seat
  • Dual rear coat hooks
  • Dual sunvisors w/vanity mirror
  • ELR seat belt system for driver seating position
  • Emergency inside trunk release
  • Front & rear crumple zones
  • Front seat active head restraints
  • Front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable upper anchors
  • Front wheel drive
  • Full cut pile carpeting
  • Illuminated ignition key cylinder
  • Immobilizer key system
  • In-glass radio antenna
  • Independent front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Interior courtesy lamps-inc: glove box, trunk, door marker
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children)
  • Manual driver lumbar support

 

  • Map light w/sunglass holder in overhead console
  • Microfilter ventilation
  • Multi-link rear suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Multi-parabola halogen headlights
  • P215/60R16 all-season tires
  • Padded cloth-covered center armrest
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto-up/down & anti-pinch feature
  • Rear window defroster/side window defoggers w/timer
  • Remote hood/trunk/fuel-filler door releases
  • Retained accessory pwr
  • Side-door guard beams
  • Solar green glass
  • Tachometer, coolant temperature & fuel gauges
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Trunk lid trim

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