2005 Nissan Altima 3.5SL 3.5 V6 from North America


Perfection on wheels


None that I could find.

General Comments:

The interior is about as comfortable as any car I've been in, taking many visual cues from the Infiniti G35. Mine is black leather, with the upgraded Bose stereo and 8 speakers. It also has the upgraded interior appointments, and a sunroof. My mother, who has driven various true luxury cars for years commented on how comfortable it is when she got in.

The SL comes with an extra bit of chrome over the other models, which look great against the Smoke exterior, which I got. The extra chrome is over the rear license plate, bisecting the doors and around the windows. It really makes the car look rich.

The real excitement is in the drive, though. With essentially the same engine as in the Maxima and 350Z, this car can move. It takes some getting used to, as the acceleration is so smooth and quick, that it's easy to be doing 90 on the freeway and not even notice. I use the cruise control often, even in town. The car just wants to go. Punching it from a standstill, even with the traction control system engaged, will spin the tires until you're going over 40mph. The LS comes with an Automatic/Tiptronic-style manual transmission, which actually works quite nicely and is lots of fun.

The car has many nice touches that are usually reserved for more luxurious cars. Heated leather seats and outside mirrors, an incredible sound system that adjusts volume for road noise, and can be controlled from the steering wheel. Automatic temperature controls, where you set your desired temp and the car adjusts for open windows and other variables. The interior just screams luxury.

So far, I've averaged about 24.5 mpg, according to the car's readout. Not bad, since I've been having a bit of fun with the big engine. It's good that it gets good mileage, as the manual recommends premium fuel, and the dealer insisted that it was always filled with premium, as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

8th Jan 2009, 22:43

Alright, don't get carried away here, it's an Altima people... you can dress it in leather and add some extra chrome, but don't get confused. This is not a luxury vehicle (or even near-luxury). It may have certain features which one may describe as "luxurious," but this is FAR from a luxury car, even entry level. My old 1997 Maxima had heated leather, heated mirrors, Homelink, Bose, etc. This is nothing new. Just don't expect too much... it can be a good car, but you get what you pay for. Its handling is sub-par and it just lacks refinement. Acceleration is decent for the 3.5, though I don't understand why the 2.5 can't get better MPGs considering its measly 175 HP. (Riding mower v. Altima?)

3rd Oct 2009, 08:30

With the 3.5 you can get on the freeway 35 mpg... great on gas..

My Altima has all the extras.. sunroof, Bose stereo, 17 inch rims, spoiler, leather heated seats, etc.. it's so enjoyable to drive that it feels like a luxury car!

18th Feb 2012, 19:42

You really do not need premium fuel. I have used both, and unless you take your car to the track, forget it, you will not notice the difference.

2005 Nissan Altima S Type-2 AT 2.5 C from Qatar



General Comments:

I own a 2005 model Altima 2.5 S Type-2. Bought just a month back, and has done just 2000 Kms in Doha. A city in the middle eastern country Qatar.

It took me more than a month to study and research, enabling me to make a decision on which car to buy. The cars that were under consideration were the Camry, Accord and Altima.

Being a person with hands on experience of this new Altima, I felt a review posted would definitely be helpful to anyone on a similar endeavor. Hence this effort.

On a comparative scale, Altima stands out from the Camry and Accord in terms of looks. Altima has a luxurious appearance that's better than an Accord. The interior also is excellent, but here and there the materials and fixtures are not up to the mark. I have noticed few fittings so loose that I wonder why Nissan over looked these minute things.

The floor mats provided are not exactly fitting the contours of the Altima.

Lighting arrangements are good.

The middle head rest in the rear seat would have given a bigger look, it does not mean that the provided head rests, especially the front ones serve their purpose. The latest head rest as we see in Renault cars are much better for the eyes and its purpose.

The air conditioner is good, but be aware that only the high notch model comes with an automatically controlled one. The air vents for the rear passenger do not seem effective as the cold air loses all its momentum when it reaches the rear.

Side consoles on the door and vanity pockets are not very useful.

The telescopic and tilt steering is a real utility. Camry and Accord base models do not come with this.

Indicator switch gives a tick - tick sound reminding you of its activation, and it is pleasant also.

The speedometer and dash board is one of the things that attracted me. It is a new and sporty compared to the other two.

The passenger side air bag is placed in such a way that it leaves no seams on the dash board, which is amazing, but I am afraid that the entire dash board cover needs replacement if activated.

Certain amenities like the trip computer, auto focusing head lamps, control switches on steering wheel, passenger side seat adjustments etc, which are appearing in all their catalogs camouflaged as standard accessories, are available only on the top end model.

It has a bold look from the front, but one steel pipe is visible through the grills from the front in an awkward manner. Nissan should have concealed this pipe instead.

The left and right rear view mirrors are not broad enough to accommodate a panoramic view behind, and also the object appears too close compared to my experience with other car mirrors.

The large tires give it a huge look, and it enhances driving comfort and road grip.

The 6 CD changer is excellent, but nowhere could I trace its manufacturer, but in one catalogue I read that it was tuned by Bose.

The keyless entry comes with a hatch opener, which is very convenient.

The upholstery used is quite impressive, and seems durable.

Dimensionally Altima is the longest of all three. Width wise it is third, the Accord being at the top. This hardly matters.

The suspension seems quite sturdy and good. The steering response is good, but at low speeds the road unevenness is slightly transmitted to the driver through the steering wheel.

The power steering in most Nissan vehicles is designed to be realistic, which means it is not effortless like in the Accord and Camry. Fact of the matter is realistic power assistance gives better control and safety.

The braking is good, but only ABS comes in most models. The EBD (Electronic brake distribution) is available only in high notch models. I have tested braking at a speed of 130 Kms only.

The automatic gear though variomatic gives a slight jerk on gear changes, and jerks considerably when the acceleration is reduced suddenly at low speed after giving it the throttle once. This situation occurs occasionally on busy roads.

Superiority I found in the Camry and Accord is its quiet operation. Altima between 2000 to 4000 rpm gives a slightly humming noise, which is acceptable considering its added power with its competitors. At speeds above 80 Kms, the vehicle is smooth and it is stable like Camry.

The 2500 cc engine should give a trouble free operation for 2 Lakh kms I believe. Fuel consumption is around 10 to 11 Kms on the highway, but reduces considerably to 7-8 Kms in city driving.

The engine console is quite stylish like any American vehicle. Even inside the engine console, there are some utility parts and coverings made of cheap quality materials, which is very obvious. The trunk interior is not so impressive, which looks like a makeshift arrangement with hard boards and pieces of carpets.

Any new buyer who has these three cars (Camry, Accord and Altima) in mind, should definitely consider the Altima for being the most trendy car with the repute of Nissan. Keep in mind that a model change is due for the Camry and Accord, and I feel it is inevitable for them, to survive now without that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2005

1st Jul 2005, 14:53

I am a college student trying to decide between the accord and the altima. I like the altima, but my gut says to go with the accord just because it seems sturdier (from the test drive). Is this the case?

1st Jul 2005, 22:24

Nope, Altima is sturdy and rugged compared to Accord. Accord is too flimsy. And if Sturdiness is only what you are looking for then Camry would be a better chaoice.