2010 Nissan Altima Coupe — Flash Drive
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2007 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe is a sharp-looking vehicle. I really like the three-quarter panel curves and the aggressive front end. It looks like a baby Infiniti G coupe. The interior is nice, but as expected the rear seats are tight for an adult. Room for cargo also is limited. While the Altima is fun to drive, its front-wheel drive wasn't able to control traction under hard acceleration. Around town, I was able to achieve 24 mpg in mixed driving. –Joe Chulick
While I appreciate the convenience of a sedan, you can't beat the sleek look of a coupe, and Nissan has delivered a looker with the 2010 Altima Coupe. Powered by Nissan's award-winning 3.5-liter 270-horsepower V6 engine, the Altima Coupe is quick, but it still records 20 mpg around town, thanks to its continuously variable transmission. Despite the sleek styling and the willing powertrain, the Altima Coupe doesn't feel as sporty as it promises; it feels big and heavy, rather than nimble and crisp. With the premium package and the leather package, the Altima Coupe is well-appointed, including a Bose audio system, leather seats, HID headlights, heated seats and more. –Mike Meredith
I'm not typically a fan of removing a sedan's rear doors just to make a coupe, but the Altima Coupe was a pleasant surprise. The 2-door looks good and, with the updates for 2010, carries styling that distinguishes it from the sedan. Inside, it is attractive, with comfortable, supportive front seats. The rear seat offers reasonable space for a coupe, but access is available only from the passenger side, which is annoying. The trunk opening is large, but the trunk space is shallow, limiting cargo capacity. The Altima Coupe is comfortable to drive, and while it handles well, I wouldn't call it a sports car. As with other Nissans we've tested, the continuously variable transmission works flawlessly. Power comes on incredibly smoothly and is easy to modulate. The Altima is definitely worth a look when shopping for a midsize sporty-looking coupe. –Perry Stern