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2009 Nissan Altima Coupe Trims

2.5 S

Avg. Price: $13,859

Delivering sporty performance and equally sporty looks, the 2009 Altima Coupe 2.5 S jumps out from 0 to 60 in about 6.5 seconds, thanks to its light-footed stance and its 2.5-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine, which generates 175 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The engine features variable valve timing, direct ignition, and an electronic drive-by-wire throttle, and links to either a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission or Nissan's Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with a manual shift mode. The front-wheel-drive Altima Coupe 2.5 S rides on 16-inch wheels with all-season tires and comes standard with four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution.

Exterior features include a lightweight aluminum hood, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, splashguards, and dual exhaust pipes with chrome tips. Inside, standard features include cloth seats, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, cruise control, and metallic trim. A six-speaker AM/FM audio system with an MP3 input jack also comes standard. Safety features include front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags for both rows of seats. A Premium Package adds dual-zone temperature control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, leather seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped shift knob, among other features.

3.5 SE

Avg. Price: $15,411

The 2009 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE offers a more powerful engine and a wider range of standard features than the entry-level Altima Coupe 2.5 S. Power comes in the form of a 3.5-liter, low-emissions V6, which produces 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine features variable valve timing and direct ignition and links to a six-speed manual transmission, although drivers can opt for Nissan's Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). Fuel economy numbers for the V6 check in at 19/27 city/highway mpg with the manual transmission and 19/26 with the CVT transmission. The front-wheel-drive Altima 3.5 SE rides on beefy 18-inch wheels and a sport-oriented suspension, with retuned front struts and a thicker front stabilizer bar than in the 2.5 S's suspension. The standard package also includes traction control.

Inside, standard features for the 3.5 SE include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power sliding glass moonroof, wood-tone or metallic trim (depending on the interior color), push-button ignition, remote keyless entry with remote front window operation, and a trip computer with outside temperature display. A six-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player and MP3 input jack also comes standard. A Premium Package adds leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and a nine-speaker digital Bose audio system, among other features. Exterior features include foglights, heated outside mirrors, automatic on/off headlights, and splashguards.