Auto Review: 2011 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

The 2011 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR is one of the best mid-size cars on the road. With an MSRP of less than $25,000, it’s also a great buy and you’ll love the standard features. But first, let’s talk about performance.

It’s one of the smoothest 4-door sedans on the planet with a standard FWD drivetrain. The engine block is a V6 with 3.5-liter displacement and 24 valves. She puts out 270 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The 20-gallon fuel tank registers at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.  The transmission contains Xtronic Continuously Variable (CVT) capability.

With seating for 5 passengers, there’s plenty of leg room and head room, especially in the front bucket seats. The rear seats are a folding bench with a fold forward seatback and a center armrest.

Now, let’s look at the features. As a standard, the 2011 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR has headlights auto delay and dusk sensor. You also get privacy glass with a rear window defogger. Convenience features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Speed-proportional power steering
  • Audio controls on the steering wheel
  • Remote trunk release
  • Multifunction remote for trunk, hatch, door, and windows
  • And a lot more

The 3.5 SR also includes a trip computer, external temperature gauge, and an awesome audio system.

The doors have child safety locks and the airbag system is top of the line as well. You get even better safety with traction control, brake assist, and anti-lock brakes. For security, you have an anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer.

Your available options are just as impressive and include a moonroof wind deflector, Bluetooth, and aluminum kick plates. Option packages are available as well, including a sport package and a premium package with mood lighting.

The 2011 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR isn’t in the luxury or sport class, but it will feel like it when you drive it.