February 12, 2007

Nissan Altima reaches top of Consumer Reports’ ratings for family sedans

Yonkers, New York – The redesigned Nissan Altima has climbed to the top of Consumer Reports’ ratings of family sedans in tests for its March 2007 issue; its “Excellent” overall rating now ranks it alongside the magazine’s top-rated Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The Altima 3.5 SE virtually ties with the Honda Accord V6, Consumer Reports’ top-rated family sedan; among four-cylinder sedans tested, the Altima 2.5 S ranks just behind the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 T.

For the March issue, Consumer Reports tested basic and up-level versions of the Altima, Kia Optima (sold in Canada as the Magentis), Saturn Aura, Pontiac G6 and Chrysler Sebring. The V6-powered Kia ranked mid-pack, roughly on par with Hyundai Sonata and Mercury Milan Premier (a model not sold in Canada); the four-cylinder Kia achieved a “Very Good” overall score and ranked alongside the four-cylinder Accord and Camry. The upscale Saturn Aura XR and the less-expensive Aura XE scored “Very Good”. Both trim lines of the Pontiac G6 and Chrysler Sebring finished at the bottom of the group with “Good” overall scores.

Among vehicles in the test group, the magazine only recommends the G6 GT; it does not yet have reliability data on the Altima, Optima, Aura or Sebring. Consumer Reports only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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