>> The Altima Coupe. It's the prettier of Nissan's two Altima models, and the fancier with a base price that starts around 23 grand. Let's see what you get for that not insignificant money and, of course, check the tech.
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>> Now, the Altima Coupe doesn't come as stripped as you can get an Altima Sedan. In fact if I'm not mistaken an Altima Sedan can be had wired for a stereo but without one. That's pretty rare these days. Our car comes at least stock with an AM/FM CD system with six speakers or bump it up to this better head unit which is in between stock and navigation, and you do get an LCD display that's a 4.3inch color LCD. And it's also got a variety of the most common inputs. AM/FM no HD radio on this guy. CD is up here a single slot. Auxiliary brings up several sources including front and center iPod integration that's down here in the console through USB. There's even a special iPod menu button up here so you can shortcut right to your iPod. This system is very iPod oriented. As you can see the display it uses the spaciousness of the LCD to really give you some good iPod functionality. Now, it doesn't look like an iPod, of course, that's a look and feel thing, but it does kind of navigate like one. This is that USB I was telling you about down here. It can be used to hook up your iPod using your iPod cable, or you can drop a USB thumb drive in there and you can read the files off of that as well. Bump the aux button again you'll get to the standard aux jack. That's the analog one which is right there on the dash. And hit it again to get to, for some reason, satellite radio which normally is over on the AM/FM toggler or its own button but for here they buried it under aux. You can also tell the output side of this guy is upgraded. You've got the Bose branding up here. Nine speakers around the cabin when you go to this upgraded audio system. And this guy also had RDS, the Radio Data System, that'll show you what you're listening to, station, track information, what have you for stations that are putting that out. The base unit doesn't have that. Now, the same package that brings you this upgraded audio system which by the way has no video ability. There's no AV inputs. There's no DVD playback. You've got to go to the NAV system for that. It'll also bring you, however, one video trick which is a rear view camera. Small, yes, but quite clear and very well saturated in terms of colors. It's one of the more useable ones, good detail. And in that same package, you also get the Bluetooth handsfree technology, HomeLink for your garage door, dual zone ATC and a few other niceties. So this guy comes with a lot of things attached to it. It's not a la cart. Transmissionwise you've got two choices and there a pick. There's no cost for either one. Sixspeed manual would be considered base but this could be considered base too. This is an XTRONIC CVT, or continuously variable transmission, and it's no extra cost. You just decide which one you want. Now, our car is the 2.5 S that means a two and a half liter inline four. That's about as big as fours get really before you gotta add a couple cylinders. You're gonna get 170 horsepower, 180 so foot pounds out of this thing. 0 to 60 is pushing 8 seconds in the mid to high 7s and 23/32 is the MPG. Shave off one MPG on the highway if you get a CVT.
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>> First off, we're talking today about an Altima Coupe 2.5 four cylinder, and we'll snoop around the engine bay in a minute. There's also a 3.5 V6. This 2.5 is finished in navy blue with a charcoal cloth interior. Frankly, it's kind of dowdy in person. The optional navigation head unit is harddrive based. It bumps you up to a necessary six and a half inch touchscreen LCD with XM NavTraffic, XM Weather, Zygote restaurant listings all there on the display. On the road our CVT equipped car is a willing runner. The two and a half liter four proves its bigness with ready torque in real world situations and the whole mess is well programmed to shift down and get power out to those front wheels when you ask for it. That's more than I can say for a lot of cars that hang on to top gear way to eagerly. In spite of being a coupe, there's nothing really sporty about this car though nimble and capable are definitely more than fair labels. Okay. Let's price an Altima Coupe 2.5 S, the four cylinder, about 23,000 base with destination. You gotta add two packages to get this thing done up CNET style though. One is the premium package for about two grand. And that's gonna get you the Bose audio system. It's gonna get you the rear view camera, power glass roof, dual zone climate, some other niceties. Then you gotta add the tech package for 1800 to get the hard drive navigation with the music jukebox�9 gig there, DVD playback, A2DP streaming, the XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather, and those Zygote restaurant listings.
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