Maximum Altima

Remember the first NISSAN ALTIMA? My younger brother got one – and I thought it was cool. The shape really echoed Infiniti’s radical ( for then ) J30, the interior looked quality and clean with the first in its class faux wood dash accent. It was made well, drove well, and was a jump forward over any other Nissan, and blew the competition away. Since then, it has solidered on, steadily improving. But so too have the competition. Altimas of late have sort of been relegated to nice rental car status. They are still good, dependable, involved driver’s – the choice for someone who wants a little fun in their daily commute, but the excitement and spotlight have long since moved on. Thus we have a new car that has been afflicted with the Sonotification Effect. And we have a much more cohesively designed and attractive car. Here, just like the first, we pay homage to a higher ranking family member – the Infiniti M. And that is a good thing. The swoopy lines and regal stance certainly pay dividends in terms of presence. Some see older brother Maxima in the front, and yes, there is a family resemblance, but the Maxima too will see a Sonotafication, so it is best to leave that judgement out until later. Here. the Altima differentiates itself by with the good driving qualities it has always delivered, and puts on a new suit – a tailored more modern one. Is it enough? Huge fleet sales could hurt its street cred, and the competition is only getting better, so this is a fight worth watching. My brother meanwhile has moved on too – ┬áhas started a family, necessitating more space ( read dreaded mini van ), but I wonder if this would still be his first choice…

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vehiclist's little brother - April 27, 2012 - 8:10 pm

hey, thanks for the nod bro. yea, it was a great car and this new one is really sleek. perhaps I should get one …

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