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2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid photos

The Altima Hybrid offers an excellent compromise between performance and fuel efficiency. Cabin tech may be a little dated, but you can still get navigation with traffic and Bluetooth cell phone integration.

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Wayne Cunningham
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The Altima is Nissan's bread-and-butter commute car, a midsize sedan with a comfortable amount of interior room, suitable for a wide range of uses. This hybrid version adds to the four- and six-cylinder engine versions in the line-up.
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The car's styling is mostly mundane, although it features some attractive Nissan elements, such as the nicely curved fenders.
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The Altima Hybrid uses a slightly bigger gas engine than its main rival, the Toyota Camry Hybrid. But the hybrid system is licensed from Toyota, and nearly identical to that found in the Camry Hybrid.
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The high curve to the roofline makes the front seats in particular feel spacious, while rear seat room is more than adequate.
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We were particularly surprised at the Altima Hybrid's handling, made stable by antisway bars.
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The trunk is shallow, probably because of the hybrid battery pack taking up room behind the rear seat.
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Six thousand dollars worth of options, mostly interior, are available to add to the $26,000 base price. This car has all of them except the navigation system.
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The design of the steering wheel, with its two horizontal and two lower spokes, is very good. The switchgear is also well-thought out.
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Being a hybrid, this car gets an electric boost gauge instead of a tachometer, and a battery level gauge.
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The continuously variable transmission only has two forward modes, Drive and Braking.
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This car is equipped with a smart key, which means you can leave the key in your pocket and start it with this button.
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The upgraded stereo in this Nissan Altima Hybrid includes a six disc in-dash changer which can read MP3 CDs.
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Bluetooth is also present, but the display leaves something to be desired, as it offers minimal feedback.

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