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2011 Nissan Altima Coupe Trims

2.5 S

Avg. Price: $16,979

Unlike the sedan, the 2011 Altima Coupe is offered in only two trim levels, dictated by the engines that power them. For the 2.5 S trim, that means an aluminum, DOHC inline four-cylinder with variable valve timing. It offers 175 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. With the standard traction control it’s not going to get away from you, but manages to do its job with little aggravation. The Coupe offers your choice of a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission, the latter of which is the better choice. 17-inch alloy wheels are an inch larger than those on a comparable Altima sedan and are stopped by four-wheel antilock discs. Inside, you’ll find air conditioning, cruise control, a CD/MP3 player, and a full power package including keyless access and start. There’s a digital media connection as well and a center console for storage. The sloping rear glass gets a defogger, too, but no wiper. Six airbags are complemented by front seat active head restraints, but hopefully obviated by the standard stability control.

3.5 SR

Avg. Price: $19,827

The 3.5 SR trim of the 2011 Altima Coupe gets an all-aluminum 3.5-liter VQ engine with DOHC design and variable valve timing good for 270 hp at 6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. It’s been voted to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list several times and offers a major power upgrade from the 2.5 S. If you choose to go with the continuously variable transmission, you’ll also get an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a power sunroof. Automatic headlights are included here, as well as foglamps. A sport suspension means you’ll stick in the corners with more composure, helped along by larger 18-inch alloy wheels. However, if you go the six-speed manual route, there are even more options to be had. Dual-zone automatic climate controls are an upgrade here, along with leather upholstery for the now-heated front seats. The controls on the steering wheel now operate a Bose CD/MP3 player with USB, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. A rear-view camera is added here as well, and the automatic headlights are now Xenon units. Safety remains the same with six airbags, front-seat active head restraints, four-wheel antilock discs, and traction and stability control.