The 6 Best Nissan Altima Mods & Upgrades - Altima Performance Mods (2022)

The Nissan Altima and Altima Coupe may not be the fastest cars around. However, they can be great project cars to upgrade and modify. Modded Nissan Altimas with the 2.5 and 3.5 can offer good performance in a reliable and affordable package. That is a good combo for anyone, but it’s especially true for people newer to the aftermarket mods scene. In this article, we discuss some of the best Nissan Altima mods along with benefits, power gains, and more.

*Our primary focus in this article is 2002-2018 Altima’s with the 2.5L QR25DE engine and the 3.5L VQ35DE engine. Many of these mods are also good mods for older or newer models. However, the exact power gains, fitment, and other specifics may vary a lot.

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Nissan Altima Engines

From 2002 through 2018 the Nissan Altima primarily used two engines – the 2.5L I4 and 3.5L V6. This span covers the 3rd, 4th, and 5th gen Altima. They’re both long-running engines that went through updates and changes over the years. As such, it’s important to lay out some background info for each engine. Which engine is in the Altima also has a large impact on results from tuning and modding.

QR25DE Inline-4

This is the base engine for the Nissan Altima as found in the 2.5 S models. It delivers 170-179 horsepower and 175-180 lb-ft. Yes, the power is lacking a bit but it makes up for it with great fuel economy. The QR25DE engine also delivers good overall reliability. Early 02-06 engines can be a bit more problematic, but Nissan made some great updates over the years.

Some large updates took place in 2007+ QR25DE Altima engines. Check out the above link on reliability for specific info on some of the updates.

VQ35DE 3.5L V6

Are you familiar with the Nissan 350Z or Infiniti G35? If so, then you’re likely familiar with the VQ35DE engine. It’s known for being a very mod friendly engine, and many love those platforms. This engine also made it on the list of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 6 years. The Altima is often overlooked, but it also uses this awesome 3.5L V6 engine.

If you’re looking for the most capable modded Nissan Altima then the 3.5 V6 is the clear choice. It offers up to 270hp and 251 lb-ft straight from the factory. That’s nearly a 100 horsepower advantage over the smaller inline-4 engine. VQ35DE engines are also more capable in the Nissan Altima mod for mod.

As with the QR25 engine this 3.5L engine also delivers good reliability. Check out our VQ35DE common problems guide for more info on reliability and issues.

Summary of Altima Engines

If you’re still looking to purchase an Altima and want power then it’s a good idea to look for the 3.5L engine. Chances are, a stock VQ35 engine is still quicker than a modded Altima 2.5 S. By the time you could get the smaller engine to the same or higher output you’ll have likely spent more.

The 3.5L Atima also generally responds better to mods thanks to the larger displacement. Of course, some may already own a 2.5 and are just looking for a bit more power. It’s still a capable engine, but reaching the performance of the VQ35 is going to take a lot of upgrades and money.

Best Nissan Altima Performance Upgrades

A few of the best modifications for the Altima 2.5 QR25DE and 3.5 VQ35DE engine include:

  • Tune
  • Intake
  • Exhaust
  • Headers
  • Turbo Kit
  • Lowering Springs

In this article we will take an in-depth look at each of the above Altima mods for power, performance, and handling. It’s by no means an exhaustive list. Tons of great aftermarket parts exist for the Nissan Altima. However, we believe these 6 mods are among the best options to improve power and performance.

Please note – any power gains we state are rough estimates. Actual results can vary significantly depending on many factors. Some Altima upgrades may not be legal in all 50 states, and are intended for off-road use only.

(Video) Best Performance Mods For The Altima 2.5

1) Nissan Altima Tuning

Tunes are often easy to purchase & install, and can offer solid power gains for the price. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for the Altima 2.5 or 3.5 engines. Off-the-shelf tuning options don’t really exist for these engines. That doesn’t mean they can’t be tuned, but it’s usually not the first mod we would recommend.

With simple mods like an intake and exhaust a tune isn’t going to add much power or performance. You’ll maybe pick up an extra 3-7 horsepower. Some may see the value in tuning the Nissan Altima even with these basic mods. However, we don’t think it’s necessarily worth the cost or hassle.

However, start adding more mods like headers, throttle bodies, cams, etc. and tuning becomes a lot more valuable. In these cases you may see gains in the 10-20 horsepower ballpark from just the tune. Point is – Altima tunes can be a great mod, but it’s usually best to knock out the other upgrades first.

Best Altima Tuning Options

In the future, we’ll have a separate guide dedicated to tuning the Altima 2.5 and 3.5 engines. There are lots of different options depending on year and model, and we simply can’t cover everything here.

UpRev is a common tuning choice for many Nissan Altimas. These are going to be as close to the standard off-the-shelf tuning for most models. You might find a shop that can install the tune for about $300. Others may charge more or require the necessary cables from UpRev. Bully Dog is another popular tuning option.

Next, you’ll run across true engine management systems. Haltech is a good example as they have some engine management systems for the VQ35 engine. It will set you back at least $1,500 and that doesn’t even include the cost of install or actually tuning the engine. These systems are generally for those looking to make serious power, usually via forced induction.

2) Altima 2.5 & 3.5 Intake Upgrades

An intake is a standard upgrade that most car enthusiasts are into. It’s hard to find a modded Altima (or almost any other modded car) that doesn’t have an intake upgrade. Why? These are cheap, simple mods that offer fair results for the price.

You may also hear intakes referred to as filters, cold air intakes, performance intakes, or intake systems. The last three are often used interchangeably. There is a difference when discussing just intake filters, though. We’ll discuss that in a few moments. For now, let’s discuss the benefits of Nissan Altima performance intake mods:

  • 3-10 horsepower gains
  • Similar torque gains
  • Better throttle response
  • Improved sounds

A modified Nissan Altima intake can offer gains of about 3-10 horsepower. Without other mods expect results on the lower end. You’ll also pick up pretty similar torque gains. The power/torque gains are also throughout most of the rev range, so it adds a decent bit to the overall power band.

Many notice better throttle response with Altima intake mods. This is especially true if you opt for an intake with straighter piping. Stock Nissan Altima intakes bend quite, which can slow the flow of air into the engine. It’s also a large reason the intake upgrades offer solid power gains. You probably won’t notice a huge change in sound, but intakes can help wake things up a little bit.

Air Filter Upgrades vs Intake Systems

The term drop-in filter refers to an air-filter designed to simply fit the stock air-box. You’ll find plenty of options like this for the Nissan Altima. They’re a lot cheaper since it’s a basic filter rather than a complete air-box, filter, and piping. However, power gains with a filter upgrade alone will be minimal to none.

Again, the Nissan Altima intake piping isn’t the greatest design from the factory. That’s why full intake upgrades offer as much power as they do. You essentially want to find something with straight, smooth piping.

Best Altima Intake Mods

Our preference is sticking with high-quality air filters from companies like K&N or S&B. There’s other quality stuff out there but be cautious with cheaper, low-end filters. When it comes to the full kit you want straight and smooth pipes to the throttle body. Outside of that most intake kits are going to offer similar power and performance.

You can go budget but we would advise upgrading to a quality filter. Here’s a great example for the 2003-2006 Nissan Altima 3.5. Reviews are mixed as you would expect from a $50 intake system. However, if it fits well it’s not a bad option. You could then simply find a cone filter from S&B for probably $20-40, for example.

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On the contrary, there are some good options sold as complete Nissan Altima performance intake systems from K&N. They’re a bit pricier due to brand name, but surely quality kits.

2007-2013 Altima 2.5 K&N Intake System

2013-2018 Altima 2.5 K&N Performance Intake

2007-2012 3.5L K&N Cold Air Intake Kit

3) Nissan Altima Exhaust Mods

Next up on the list of best Altima mods is an exhaust system. As with the intake the 2.5 & 3.5 exhaust doesn’t flow very well. A lot is also due to bends. It doesn’t allow for a straight, efficient path for exhaust gas flow. There are tons of different options with Altima exhaust upgrades and we don’t have time to cover it all.

Options include cat-backs, axle-backs, y-pipes, full exhaust systems, etc. The more exhaust you replace the better power gains you’ll see. Going with catless systems also offer the best performance and bang for your buck. However, they’re intended for off-road use only. Benefits of Nissan Altima 2.5L and 3.5L exhaust upgrades include:

  • 5-10 horsepower
  • Similar torque
  • Engine/exhaust sounds

For basic mods alone a 5whp gain may be an aggressive number. However, a good free flowing exhaust can offer solid power gains with additional mods like tuning, intake, headers, and more.

Ultimately, an exhaust can be a great mod for the Altima. It wouldn’t really be at the top of our list since you can get better power gains relative to the price point. Many exhaust systems are going to run about $500-1,000. We think exhaust upgrades are best for those who want sound and some power on the side. If your only goal is power then the money is better spent on other mods.

Altima Exhaust Sounds – Too Loud? Too Raspy?

Alright. Exhaust and engine sounds gets its own quick section here. It’s nearly impossible to describe sounds with words (often, videos don’t even do it full justice). Although, we can say certain exhaust setups may be too loud or raspy for some. That’s a big reason we believe Altima exhaust systems are best for those looking for a different or louder exhaust note.

The best exhaust power mod is a set of headers, which we’re discussing next. If power is your end goal the headers are going to be the best option. Be careful combining a full exhaust with headers since things can get loud and drone can become more of a concern.

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4) Modded Altima Exhaust Headers

Are you looking for the absolute best bang for your buck Nissan Altima mods? If so, headers are the near the top of the list. Headers are also commonly known as the exhaust manifold. Headers bolt directly to the cylinders exhaust ports. It’s the most important part of the Altima’s exhaust system due to its location.

The idea of exhaust mods is to reduce back-pressure. The closer to the engine the back-pressure is reduced the bigger the power gains. Benefits of Altima header mods include:

  • 8-15 horsepower
  • Similar torque
  • Sounds
  • Lower EGT / Healthy for engine

Considering most headers run around $100-300 it’s hard to beat these power gains. However, DIY’ing exhaust manifolds are more challenging than most of the other Nissan Altima mods on this list. You really just won’t find another mod that offers this much power for the price point, though.

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Sounds are another benefit, and most headers aren’t obnoxiously loud if the rest of the exhaust is stock. Reducing back-pressure also helps lower temperatures, and is healthy for the engine overall.

Altima Catless vs High-Flow Catted Headers

Several types of aftermarket headers are available for both the Altima 2.5 and Altima 3.5 engines. The major differentiations are:

  • Long-tube vs Short-tube (shorty)
  • Catless vs High-Flow

Short-tube headers refer to the actual exhaust manifold itself. Long-tube headers include the y-pipe that the manifold bolts onto (the y-pipe is only for 3.5L engines since there are two separate banks). If power gains are the end goal then you should consider the full long-tube manifold upgrade. However, the gains from the y-pipe aren’t as impressive as just the manifold by itself. A Nissan Altima modded with short-tube headers will still offer good gains, but go for the long-tube if you want the few extra horsepower.

Then there are catless options that completely remove the catalytic converter. Doing so results in the biggest drop in back-pressure, and the best performance gains. High-flow cats still offer good gains, but expect about 3-5 less horsepower than catless. The real upside to cat headers is that they may still keep the car emissions & road legal.

Best Exhaust Manifold Upgrades

There isn’t a perfect answer to the best exhaust manifold mods for the 2002-2018 Nissan Altima. If you’re going catless then there isn’t much to worry about quality wise. Stainless steel or other designs that strongly resist rust are a good idea for long-term use. Aluminized can be cheaper, but it’s prone to rusting.

Otherwise, as long as the fitment is good and the welds hold up that’s all that really matters. Going high-quality isn’t necessary to get a reliable and long-lasting header upgrade. A few good options include:

2002-2006 VQ35 3.5 Long-tube Headers

2002-2006 Altima 2.5 Header Mods

There are also some quality options for newer Altima models found here

5) Altima Mods – Pulley Upgrades

We’ll be a little quicker moving through these next sections. The drive belt connects to a pulley, which weighs in around 4-5 lbs on the stock Altima 2.5 and 3.5 engines. Changing this pulley to a light-weight option can help reduce rotational mass. In essence, it makes it easier for the engine to drive the belt and pulley.

Power gains with Nissan Altima pulley mods aren’t huge, but it’s a pretty inexpensive upgrade. Expect the following hp and tq gains with a pulley upgrade:

  • 3-7 horsepower
  • 3-7 torque

It might not be too appealing. However, horsepower gains aren’t always easy to come by on NA engines. Check out 2J-Racing as they have some popular options for the QR25 Altima 2.5 engine. Stillen also has some options for the 2.5 and 3.5 engines.

6) Nissan Altima Mods – Turbo Kit

Turbo kits aren’t a topic we’re going to cover in-depth in this article. It’s a long topic that would need a lengthy article just to scratch the surface. The main reason we’re adding a turbo kit here is to discuss bigger power mods.

Naturally aspirated (NA) engines like the 2.5L and 3.5L Altima engines don’t have tons of modding capability. Once you reach the limits with NA mods it’s time to consider turbo or supercharger kits and other more serious, expensive mods.

(Video) First Mods For The Altima - Intake and Block Off Plate

It also brings about higher risk of engine damage and problems while running boost. Adding forced induction isn’t for the faint of heart. However, the QR25 and VQ35 hold up pretty well on moderate boost. It’s a good option if you’re looking to pick up more than 50whp.

By the time it’s all said and done you could easily spend $5,000+ just for engine mods. Then you need to consider suspension, wheels & tires, and other mods to handle the newfound power. Point is – the gains from turbo kits or the like might be appealing, but costs can spiral out of control.

Altima Engine Upgrade Power Gains

When combining certain Nissan Altima mods how much power can you expect? How much power can a fully modified Altima make? There isn’t a perfect answer since results can vary a lot from car to car. However, let’s jump into some general numbers and the best Altima mods to hit specific goals.

Altima Mods For 10-20whp Gains (~$1,000)

The below mods are a good starting point to pick up roughly 10-20 wheel horsepower for less than $1,000:

  • Intake
  • Pulley
  • Tune

These mods can be done for around $1,000 if not a bit less. An Altima with an intake, pulley, and tune should pick up at least 10whp. Gains may even be a bit higher, especially on the 3.5L VQ35DE Altima engine. You can also substitute certain mods here, such as opting for an exhaust instead of a tune.

If you plan to do headers or other more serious mods in the future then holding off on the tune is a good idea. To maximize output you’ll end up re-tuning the car after headers, which can add an unnecessary expense. However, a tune is a good option here if you’re planning on stopping after a couple basic mods.

Upgrades For 20-30whp Gains (~$1,500)

Those looking for more power should consider the following Nissan Altima mods:

  • Intake
  • Pulley
  • Headers
  • Tune

Modded Altimas with the above upgrades should see total gains of around 20-30whp. It may be a little lower on the QR25 engine or maybe a bit more power on the Altima 3.5 V6. Anyways, it’s pretty much the same list as above with the addition of headers. These alone can help pick up the extra 10-15+whp.

None of this is a perfect science, so you can add or remove mods from the list as you see fit. However, a tune is definitely a good mod to have once headers are installed. Still wanting more power? Time to add a couple more mods.

30-40+whp Gains ($2,000+)

We’re getting pretty close to the power gains limits on the Altima 2.5 & 3.5 engines without adding more expensive mods. The smaller 2.5L QR engine might even struggle to see these gains without forced induction. It should be a bit easier with the larger V6 Altima engine. Anyways, expect to need the following mods to hit 30-40+whp gains:

  • Intake
  • Pulley
  • Headers
  • Tune
  • Exhaust
  • Throttle body
  • Cams (optional for more power)
  • Forced induction (optional for more power)

The first 6 mods on this list is pretty close to all of the basic bolt-on mods for the Nissan Altima. With all of these mods you might see gains close to 30-40whp. Again, it might be a stretch for the smaller 2.5L inline-4 engine. Going much further on either engine is starting to get into expensive territory. You’ll be looking at more serious mods like cams, turbo or supercharger kits, etc.

Best Nissan Altima Mods Summary

When it comes to mods and upgrades the Nissan Altima isn’t the first car that comes to most peoples minds. However, they can be great cars that are fun and easy to modify. The Altima 3.5 even uses the VQ35DE engine found in Nissan 350Z models. It’s the best 2002-2018 Altima engine when it comes to performance potential. That’s not to say the 2.5 is a complete slouch, though.

A couple basic bolt-on Nissan Altima mods can help unleash about 10-30whp depending on how far you go. A tune, intake, exhaust, headers, and pulleys are all good starting points. Those looking for more should consider more serious mods like forced induction, camshafts, and other options.

Anyways, the Nissan Altima is pretty easy to modify and they remain reliable engines with basic mods. Choose the mods that best meet your goals and budget. Otherwise, just have some fun with it and enjoy your newly modded Altima.

(Video) Dropping Altima off for some new Mods!

What’s your experience with Nissan Altima mods? Are you considering any?

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FAQs

Why is Nissan Altima so fast? ›

The VC-Turbo engine is specially designed to make the Altima faster while also saving fuel. It accomplishes this by optimizing the compression ratio based on driving conditions. When you take off, its high compression ratio gives you instant acceleration. It then lowers the ratio, so you can get up to speed quickly.

What is the most common problem with Nissan Altima? ›

The worst problems with the Altima have to do with its continuously variable transmission (CVT). Owners complain about delayed throttle response and feeling a shudder or jerking sensation when accelerating. Some models have even had transmission failure.

Can a Nissan Altima be fast? ›

The 2021 Nissan Altima has a top speed of 130 miles per hour, a fast performance. Even though this ability may be electronically limited, it's still a great output for the Altima as well.

Which Nissan Altima is fast? ›

The 2022 Nissan Altima has seven different trim levels, but the SR VC-Turbo trim level is the fastest. What makes it so fast? Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that makes 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Which is faster Altima or Maxima? ›

Is the Maxima Faster than the Altima? In terms of performance, the 2020 Maxima is slightly more powerful. It has a larger engine capable of 112-HP more than the comparable Altima.

Which Altima is top of the line? ›

For the top luxury and performance that the Altima has to offer, turn to the 2020 Altima Platinum VC-Turbo™. This Altima model includes Platinum features, plus: Starting at $35,180 MSRP.

How fast can altimas go? ›

The 2021 Nissan Altima has a top speed of 130 mph, a constant and agile performance.

What year Altima is most reliable? ›

That being said, 2011-2012 nearly tied for the best year for the Nissan Altima. Not only are these two years of the fourth generation the most reliable, but they are also super affordable. On average, Nissan Altimas from this year's range cost around $5,000-$8,500.

What year Nissan Altimas are bad? ›

The best Nissan Altima model years are 1993, 1996, and from 2019 onwards. On the other hand, the worst Nissan Altima model years are 2002, 2005, 2009, and 2013. Taking note of these model years is important if you are looking to purchase a used Nissan Altima.

How long do Altima transmissions last? ›

With proper maintenance, the Altima transmission system should last for about 130,000 to 180,000 miles before replacement.

Which Altima is better Sr or SV? ›

The 2021 Nissan Altima is a mid-size passenger sedan loaded with convenience features. The SV trim is a step above the base model in terms of standard equipment, and the mid-level SR is more of a sport-themed trim and can be purchased with a more powerful turbocharged engine.

What is the fastest type of Nissan? ›

10 Nissan R390 GT1 - 220 MPH

By all accounts, this is the fastest car Nissan has ever made. It uses a 3.5-liter V8 with dual overhead camshafts producing 340 horsepower to the rear wheels in its road-going version.

Does Nissan Altima have a V8? ›

The Altima is the first all-new V8 Supercars challenger unveiled in two decades, though it won't be the last. Private team Erebus Motorsport is looking to enter the series next year with its own Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG based race cars. The Altima will be racing through Nissan Motorsport, which will field four cars.

What upgrades increase acceleration? ›

6 Car Modifications To Increase Acceleration
  • ECU Tune. This involves altering or upgrading a programmable memory chip to significantly increase a vehicle's acceleration. ...
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  • Re-Gearing. ...
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  • Vehicle Weight And Rotating Mass. ...
  • Improved Aerodynamics.

What upgrades add the most horsepower? ›

The best, though, are these ten products that can really give your car that boost of much needed horsepower.
  1. 1 1. Turbocharger(s)
  2. 2 2. Supercharger. ...
  3. 3 3. Exhaust System. ...
  4. 4 4. Cold-Air Intake. ...
  5. 5 5. Performance Headers. ...
  6. 6 6. Nitrous. ...
  7. 7 7. Intercooler Upgrade. ...
  8. 8 8. Performance Fuel Injectors. ...
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Is Altima bigger than Civic? ›

While the Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan, the Honda Civic is a compact car. This impacts the amount of passenger and cargo space you'll find inside. As you might expect, the Altima is the roomier of the two. It has 54.5 inches of rear hip room compared to just 48.9 inches of rear hip room in the Civic.

Why is the Altima so popular? ›

The Altima has been called a luxury sedan for drivers on a budget, providing a smooth driving experience, a sleek body style, a comfortable interior, a bevy of safety features, and many custom options to personalize the vehicle right from the dealership.

Is the Nissan Altima 2.5 S fast? ›

According to ProfessCars™ estimation this Nissan is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 sec, from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 sec, from 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) in 21.3 sec, from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 42.6 sec and the quarter mile drag time is 16.3 sec.

Which is bigger Camry or Altima? ›

The Nissan Altima has a wheelbase that comes to 111.2 inches, a length of 192.9 inches, and a width of 72.9 inches. The Toyota Camry is similar in size. For starters, it has an identical wheelbase measurement as the 2021 Altima at 111.2 inches.

What is faster Infiniti or Nissan? ›

A new INFINITI Q50 can hit 60 mph from standing still in 4.5 seconds, while the Maxima lags with a 6.0-second 0-60 time. The INFINITI Q50 is faster than the Nissan Maxima because its torque ranges from 295 to 350 pound-feet, and it offers AWD and RWD models.
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Nissan Maxima.
Engine:3.5-liter V-6
Torque:261 lb-ft
Drivetrain:FWD
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Which Nissan has the most horsepower? ›

With a total power output of 592 hp, the Nissan GT-R NISMO takes joint first place.

Is Altima better than Corolla? ›

When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Altima is somewhat more powerful than the Toyota Corolla. Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Nissan Altima does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Toyota Corolla.

Which Nissan Altima is fully loaded? ›

A fully loaded Nissan Altima is $34,250

Starting at $34,350 the newest Altima will rapidly approach luxury car prices. However, the top-tier Altima Platinum manages to eek buyers' cash out to the maximum. It starts with standard AWD in the 2022 Nissan Altima.

What does SV mean on Altima? ›

SV meaning on Maxima or Altima is the same as Nissan Rogue SV version. The SR inscription on the 2016 Nissan Altima means sportier rider. This car is built for sport. It comes with a four-cylinder engine and a v6 engine, a Leather-wrapped steering wheel, and adjustable power seats. It offers speed and comfort.

Which Altima has Turbo? ›

2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo

Is a Altima a sports car? ›

So, we try to find out the status of different generations of Nissan Altima against various characteristics of sports cars. In the meantime, we need to bear in mind that the Nissan Altima is overall not a sports car.

Which Nissan Altima is the sportiest? ›

Nissan Altima SR: $26,250 MSRP*

The sportiest of the Nissan Altima trim levels, the SR offers an upgraded suspension and stylish design elements for the Altima exterior and interior: Sport-tuned suspension. Dark chrome V-motion grille.

How long do Altima engines last? ›

The Nissan Altima is a great vehicle to have, whether you're driving the sedan or coupe version. Because of Nissan's dedication to quality and performance, you can expect your Altima to last 200,000 to 300,000 miles—or 13 to 20 years.

What is high mileage for a Nissan Altima? ›

The Nissan Altima can last between 250,000 and 300,000 miles, which equals 15 to 20 years when considering the average driver's annual mileage. Depending on factors such as maintenance and driving style, it's not uncommon to find Nissan Altimas lasting over 300,000 miles.

Are Nissans more reliable than Toyota? ›

It's no secret that Toyota makes some of the most reliable cars on the road. Consumer Reports ranked the company the second most reliable out of all brands for 2021. Nissan came in much further down the list in sixteenth place.

What Nissan car sells best? ›

Nissan Rogue, 285,602 Sold, Up 25.3%

The Nissan Rogue is Nissan's best-selling model in the U.S. market. It has been a big seller since its redesign in 2020, for the 2021 model year. Its sales fell 15.8% in the fourth quarter vs.

Is the Nissan 2.5 a good engine? ›

It's a solid engine all around evidenced by the fact Nissan has been using the 2.5 inline-4 for two decades. No engine is perfect, though, and there aren't any exceptions to the rule here.
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Nissan QR25 2.5 Specs.
EngineNissan QR25DE
Compression Ratio9.5 : 1 to 10.5 : 1
Horsepower152-200 HP
Torque (lb-ft)173-180 TQ
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Are altimas good in the snow? ›

The Nissan Altima excels in winter. This is evident due to the incorporation of Nissan's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System on most models, and a handful of driver assists to increase traction and stability. The Altima is limited to driving in lighter snow conditions due to its 5 inch ground clearance.

Which transmissions last the longest? ›

Manual transmission cars do tend to last longer than their automatic transmission counterparts. Why is that? Because in general, the ability to shift into the necessary gear makes it gentler on the vehicle overall. However, two things make this less likely to be true in certain cases.

At what mileage do Nissans start having problems? ›

The issues usually occur below the 100,000-mile mark. For some models, like the 2015 Altima, transmission problems can pop up at as low as 40,000 miles. Typically, owners would have no other option than to replace the entire transmission system for roughly $3,000.

How many miles do CVT transmissions last? ›

CVT transmissions last just as long as a traditional automatic transmission and are designed to last the full life of the vehicle. The typical CVT has a life expectancy of at least 100,000 miles. Certain models like the Toyota Prius commonly last well over 300,000 miles.

Which is better SV or SL? ›

Quite simply, SV stands for Standard Value, and SL stands for Standard Luxury. Those looking for an upgrade from base trim levels, but still in need of strong savings, will reach for Nissan SV models. Chesapeake drivers who want even more features and options will likely opt for Nissan SL models.

What does SL mean for Altima? ›

Choosing the Nissan Altima SL means enjoying leather upholstery, remote start with climate conditioning, heated front seats, active safety features, a premium audio system, dual-zone climate controls, 17-inch wheels, driver assistance systems, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel.

Is a Nissan SL or SR better? ›

The main differences between the 2021 Nissan Altima SR and the SL are the price and the interior and exterior features. While both trim levels offer the same in terms of performance, the SR is less expensive, but the SL offers more upgraded features both inside and out.

Which Nissan is called Godzilla? ›

The Skyline R32 was nicknamed Godzilla in 1989 - because of its ability to dominate Japanese Touring Car Racing.

What's the rarest Nissan? ›

Sitting right at the top of the R33 GT-R range is the famed NISMO 400R, which is not only one of the rarest cars to ever come from Nissan, but it's arguably the coolest of all time.

Which Nissan is the top of the line? ›

At the top of the lineup sits the venerable GT-R, which earns its reputation as a slayer of supercars as well as its nickname—Godzilla—with a burly 565-hp twin-turbocharged V-6. The cheap and cheerful Versa is at the other end of the spectrum, which is one of the most affordable new cars sold in the United States.

Why are altimas fast? ›

The VC-Turbo engine is specially designed to make the Altima faster while also saving fuel. It accomplishes this by optimizing the compression ratio based on driving conditions. When you take off, its high compression ratio gives you instant acceleration. It then lowers the ratio, so you can get up to speed quickly.

Is Altima a 4wd? ›

You know that the Nissan Altima has terrific fuel economy and safety ratings, but does the 2020 Nissan Altima have all-wheel drive? The answer is yes!

Is Nissan Altima FWD or RWD? ›

It's front-wheel drive, with available all-wheel drive. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 making an adequate 188 horsepower.

How fast can a stock Nissan Altima go? ›

Nissan Altima Top Speed

The 2021 Nissan Altima has a top speed of 130 mph, a swift and comfortable rating. Even though this number may be limited, it's still a solid ability for the Altima.

Can you Turbo A Altima? ›

The new 2020 Nissan Altima offers incredible VC-Turbo engine options to give you extraordinary drive capabilities. If you are looking for more power, the VC-Turbo engine starts at high compression for quick low-end power, unlike regular turbo engines.

How much does it cost to tune a Nissan Altima? ›

The average cost for Nissan Altima Engine Tune-Up is $375.

Are altimas or Maximas faster? ›

Is the Maxima Faster than the Altima? In terms of performance, the 2020 Maxima is slightly more powerful. It has a larger engine capable of 112-HP more than the comparable Altima.

Which Altima is better Sr or SV? ›

The 2021 Nissan Altima is a mid-size passenger sedan loaded with convenience features. The SV trim is a step above the base model in terms of standard equipment, and the mid-level SR is more of a sport-themed trim and can be purchased with a more powerful turbocharged engine.

Does Nissan Altima have a V8? ›

The Altima is the first all-new V8 Supercars challenger unveiled in two decades, though it won't be the last. Private team Erebus Motorsport is looking to enter the series next year with its own Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG based race cars. The Altima will be racing through Nissan Motorsport, which will field four cars.

Is a Altima 2.5 S fast? ›

According to ProfessCars™ estimation this Nissan is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 sec, from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 sec, from 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) in 21.3 sec, from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 42.7 sec and the quarter mile drag time is 16.3 sec.

At what speed is turbo activated? ›

While your car's engine revs, at cruise, at around 2,000 rpm, a turbo's turbine can reach rotational speeds of more than 280,000 rpm. Fine Engineering: The required level of accuracy when designing and manufacturing the size of a turbo's components is, in some cases, smaller than the width of a human hair.

How much does 1 turbo add to horsepower? ›

How Much Horsepower Does a Single Turbo Add? A single turbo can add anywhere from 30 to 45 hp to your engine. This is a great way to increase your engine's power without going too crazy. Not to mention, a single turbo can be better for your fuel economy and is a more affordable option.

How much HP increase with turbo? ›

How much horsepower does a turbocharger add? A turbo can boost an engine's horsepower by 30 to 40 percent or approximately 70 to 150 HP.

How much is a full tune? ›

A tune-up tends to cost between $40 and $150, but in some cases the cost could be $800 or more, depending on what a tune-up consists of. Understanding what a tune-up exactly is and the proper cost of a tune-up is important.

How much faster does a tune make your car? ›

For a general stock car (i.e. no additional performance parts), a tune will boost your hp by 10 to 15 percent. What's more is that if you've added performance parts to your vehicle such as cold air intake, exhaust, or turbo, the hp boost you gain from tuning may be as high as 50 percent more!

How much is a performance tune? ›

Money equates to time.

Each setup is different, and also depending on what type of system is being used (piggy back, chip, stand-alone, supercharged, naturally aspirated, street or race only, etc) tune costs can range from $250 to $1500. Don't be afraid to spend money on a good tune.

Which Altima is top of the line? ›

For the top luxury and performance that the Altima has to offer, turn to the 2020 Altima Platinum VC-Turbo™. This Altima model includes Platinum features, plus: Starting at $35,180 MSRP.

Which is bigger Camry or Altima? ›

The Nissan Altima has a wheelbase that comes to 111.2 inches, a length of 192.9 inches, and a width of 72.9 inches. The Toyota Camry is similar in size. For starters, it has an identical wheelbase measurement as the 2021 Altima at 111.2 inches.

Which is better Altima or Accord? ›

In terms of interior space, the 2019 Accord wins almost every battle, as the Altima has an advantage in front legroom and rear shoulder room only. The Accord really takes the cake in rear legroom with a 5.2-inch advantage over the Altima.

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