2017 Nissan Altima

Now is a great time to consider buying the 2017 Nissan Altima, which recently underwent a refresh with updated exterior styling, a new SR trim and several additional features. The new Altima is sleek and refined, with a V-shaped front grille and more angular lighting. Available in five trims, even the base-level Altima comes with all the features a car needs to be fun and efficient. It's hard to find another midsize sedan that offers such a complete package of style, functionality and performance, but striking that balance is exactly what Nissan is known for. Want to learn more about this refreshed car? If so, read on to learn important myths and facts about the 2017 Nissan Altima and its top options.

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FACT: The 2017 Nissan Altima SL gets built-in navigation.

The 2.5 SL trim not only gets a navigation system, but that navigation system is compatible with voice commands and Google connectivity. It makes finding your destination without getting lost much easier.

FACT: The 2017 Nissan Altima gets an optional V6 engine.

This is true. The new Altima comes stock with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, but it can be upgraded with a 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft. of torque, giving it excellent power for a midsize sedan.

MYTH: The 2017 Nissan Altima received average safety scores.

The new Altima earned the best-possible safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in each evaluated category. This carries on the pattern from the previous model year Altima, which also earned top marks.

MYTH: The base Altima 2.5 trim level is lacking in options compared to other sedans.

The 2017 Nissan Altima gets plenty of features even in its base 2.5 trim. These features include 16-inch steel wheels, push-button ignition, air conditioning, keyless entry, adjustable driver seats, split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a tire-fill alert system, full-power accessories and more.

MYTH: The 2.5 SR trim isn't substantially different with its appearance or handling.

The 2017 Nissan Altima SR is a more sporty trim of this midsize sedan, featuring 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, running lights and paddle shifters to go along with sport seats and power adjustments. It looks and handles much more like a sports car.

FACT: A rearview camera comes standard on most trims.

The Nissan Altima S, SR, SV and SL trims all get standard rearview cameras. The cameras are viewable on 5-inch touchscreens for the S, SR and SV trims, while the SL trim gets an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen.

MYTH: Without the engine upgrade, the Nissan Altima is kind of slow.

Even with the base 182-horsepower engine, the Altima records better-than-average zero-to-60 mph times than competing midsize sedans in its class.

FACT: The front seats were designed based on NASA-inspired technology.

As strange as it sounds, this is true. The front seats of the 2017 Nissan Altima are made to fit the form of people who sit in them, regardless of shape or size. This is courtesy of Nissan's NASA-inspired "zero gravity" technology, which earned its name for its use in developing seats for weightless environments.