1997 Nissan Altima Overview


Looking for a Used Altima in your area?

CarGurus has 54,513 nationwide Altima listings starting at $1,300.

Average user score
3.8 5 stars
Based on 8 reviews

1997 Nissan Altima Overview

The Nissan Altima did not change for the 1997 model year. Later in the year, Nissan offered a 1997 1/2 model that included side-impact door beams to meet federal regulations. A new Altima was on tap for 1998.

The 1997 and 1997 1/2 Altima came in four trim levels: the base XE, the midrange GXE, the sporty SE, and the luxurious GLE. All Altimas in the lineup shared a 2.4 liter, 150 horsepower four cylinder engine. Fuel economy is 21/29 mpg.

Drivers like the 1997 Nissan Altima because it is a good value, gets good gas mileage, and is extremely reliable. Some drivers find that it can be cramped for larger drivers and passengers, and others have had problems with the paint chipping.


What's your take on the 1997 Nissan Altima?

  • Report

1997 Nissan Altima Top Comparisons

Users ranked 1997 Nissan Altima against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

Have you driven a 1997 Nissan Altima?  
Rank This Car

Looking for a Used Altima in your area?

CarGurus has 54,513 nationwide Altima listings starting at $1,300.

Have questions?   Ask a question

Nissan Altima Questions

Nissan Altima Ac Turns Off

I have a 97 Nissan Altima. The ac works fine (super cold) for for a few minutes when the engine is not hot. After a while, in city driving, it stops working. If I am driving over 75 miles an hour i...

Car Dies,ac

Car dies while driving, and won't start again

97 Nissan Altima

I had just passed the car and was getting back over into my lane heard a pop and the car died I coasted to the side of the road tried to start it and it won't turn over now it just does the regula...

A/C Related

97 Nissan Altima. I turn on the A/C to level 1 and it blows cold air out of the vents. When turned up to level 2-4 there is a popping sound and then the air become really hot. The Coolant is fresh ...

Car Problem

I have a 97 Nissan altima and when I bought it,the RPM started to jump(repeatedly) once I start to increase the speed and when I cut the a/c on it drops a little but once I'm in park the car cuts o...