Nissan's Altima Coupe is a sporty, high-style version of the bread-and-butter mid-size sedan. It features unique styling that differentiates it from the four-door, especially from the rear, with a squat trunk and flowing lines. With the 2013 Altima sedan arriving in showrooms soon, the car is due for a restyle in the next year or so as well.
The Altima's rear seats are smallish, with little headroom thanks to that sloping roofline. This is on par with others in the class, however. The trunk is also rather small, at 8.2 cubic feet, and the seats don't fold down, with the only opening being a ski pass-through in the middle.
The front-wheel drive coupe may be close to being phased out, however, as it will only be offered with a four-cylinder and as the 2.5 S CVT trim for the latest model year. This means the sporty V6 engine and manual transmission combination are dropped from the lineup, which may sadden some enthusiasts. The Altima Coupe is unique in offering a CVT in the class.
That sole engine is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve QR25 inline 4-cylinder, producing 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It continues to deliver fuel economy numbers of 23mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway.
Altima Coupe models with the four-cylinder engine are equipped with 16-inch wheels and tires. The coupe comes equipped with standard 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
The list of Altima Coupe passenger amenities includes standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and available Bose-developed audio system with nine speakers, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, satellite radio and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
Also available is a next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.5-inch VGA color touch-screen display (replaces the 4.3-inch display), 9.3GB Music Box for music storage and playback, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat restaurant guide, XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, DVD player and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.
The new Altima Coupe also comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), which includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags.
Otherwise standard are front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection and roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection.
Newly added are Metallic Slate, Pearl White, and Cayenne Red colors, upping the total to seven.
Aside from the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, not many automakers offer two-door variants of their midsize sedans, making the Altima Coupe a bit unique - but it still faces plenty of competition from traditional coupes like the Honda Accord and, to a less extent, sportier options such as Ford's Mustang and Chevrolet's Camaro.