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Used Car: 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/25/12

The 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid has some of the best fuel economy ratings in its class, and its high safety scores should appeal to family-minded shoppers. However, its low reliability rating may give some used car shoppers pause.

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If you’re shopping for a used hybrid car that is big enough to fit your family and doesn’t drive like a golf cart, test drivers agreed that the 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid should be on your short list. When it was new, reviewers said its acceleration and handling were comparable with the gas-only 2009 Altima sedan, though the Altima Hybrid isn’t quite as fast off-the-line. They also liked its crisp handling, precise steering and linear regenerative brakes. However, some reviewers didn’t like the transition between electric and gas power, noting that the gas engine shook and vibrated when it kicked in to supplement the electric motor. At 35/33 mpg city/highway, the Altima Hybrid has some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class.

Auto critics said the interior of the 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid was one of the most upscale and comfortable in its class, but base models are sparsely equipped, and many of the features used car buyers may want now, like Bluetooth and navigation, were optional when the Altima Hybrid was new. Additionally, the Altima Hybrid’s reliability rating is significantly lower than hybrid cars like the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The front-wheel drive Nissan Altima Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and a continuously variable transmission. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are standard on the 2009 Altima Hybrid.

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Other Cars to Consider

If fuel economy is at the top of your list, you can’t go wrong with the 2009 Toyota Prius. In addition to class-leading fuel economy, the iconic hybrid also offers a large interior and cargo area, which makes it ideal for used car shoppers who need plenty of space. If you value spirited driving dynamics, the 2009 Altima Hybrid is the clear choice, as test drivers agreed that it is significantly more engaging to drive than the Prius. The Prius has a much higher reliability rating than the Altima Hybrid, but the Prius’ safety scores aren’t as good.

The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid is another good car to consider if you’re looking at the 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid. Fuel economy is similar between both cars, and since they share many of the same powertrain components, used car shoppers may have a hard time telling the difference between the two behind the wheel. Test drivers thought the Altima Hybrid had better handling than the Camry Hybrid when both cars were new. However, the Camry Hybrid has a better reliability rating, which may mean you’ll pay less in maintenance and repairs.

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