Auto Review: 2010 Altima Coupe 3.5 SR

The 2010 Altima Coupe 3.5 SR is a family coupe worth traveling in.

A step up from the 2.5 S trim, the 3.5 SR has a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine. The lower 2.5-liter has a 16-valve 4-cylinder. The 3.5 kicks in with 270 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. It also comes with the Continuously Variable Valve Time Control System, a variable induction system, the Nissan Direct Ignition System with iridium-tipped spark plugs and electronic drive-by-wire throttle.

The drivetrain is front engine, front wheel drive with a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission with dual-mass flywheel. As an option, the Xtronic CVT with manual mode is available.

The suspension and steering come with all the same standard features as the 2.5 S trim with one add-on: A sport-tuned suspension that includes retuned front struts and thicker front and rear stabilizer bars (24.2 mm and 18.3 mm, respectively).

The wheels are 18″ X 8.0″ 5-split-spoke aluminum alloy. Tires are P235/45VR18 all season.

The Altima Coupe 3.5 SR also comes with some standard styling features that the lower trim model doesn’t have, including:

  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Fog lights, which are optional on the 2.5 S
  • Folding outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
  • Heated outside mirrors with timer
  • Power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open/close and tilt

Those are the exterior features. On the interior, the 3.5 SR coupe outclasses its 2.5 brother with these stylish features:

  • Passenger-side front-window one-touch auto-up/down auto-reverse
  • Remote front windows
  • Key-operated front windows
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors with sunvisor extenders
  • 8-way power adjustable drivers seat
  • Driver’s adjustable lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Wood-tone trim (blond interior only)

You can learn all about the interior and exterior features for the 2010 Altima Coupe 3.5 SR on the Nissan website.

There are other ways the Altima 3.5 SR outclasses its little brother. The audio system is pretty standard but you also get the illuminated steering-wheel mounted audio controls. For safety, the two vehicles are identical but a short recap of some of the best features includes Tire Pressure Monitoring System, traction control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, LATCH and the world famous Nissan seat belt system.

The 2010 Altima Coupe 3.5 SR offers 18 mpg fuel efficiency in the city and 27 on the highway. If you opt for the Xtronic system then you’ll get 20 and 27, respectively. It’s as comfortable to drive as it is pretty to look at.