The 2014 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV – Life In The Fast Lane
2014 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV is my way forward
I must be the last person to throw my 65kg flat screen 29-inch CRT TV out. However, with the onset of the new century, we saw consumer items fiercely battling each other for the marketplace. If you remember correctly, it was LCD screen vs Plasma screen. If you happened to be at the LCD TV point-of-sale, surely you were made convinced that LCD provided the best viewing pleasure for your next in house cinema experience. However, juxtaposed to LCD screen was the Plasma screen TV, the song remains same here and, clearly, you were sold out here as Plasma screen would be the better option for your bucks. So, there you had it, a brand-new Plasma TV promised to deliver a vivid experience.
I am pretty sure that most of us were still toiling in the limbo when we were bombarded again with electronic giants Sony’s Blu ray DVD player system vs. Toshiba’s HD DVD system. Thank God! it ended soon, and finally, we are back to our world with One Direction!
In the above equation of One Direction, everything is supposed to be happy-go-lucky without any technical disparity. Everyone is content, at least at this particular moment in time. Being an expat in UAE, the coveted timeline starts from a young energetic single, who moves up the social ladder exhibiting the same energy and diligence, and settles down as a married man with two school going juniors! A mundane story of life savvy commoner… His modus operandi; the trusty Toyota Camry 2.5l 4 Cyl, or rather a dynamic Honda Accord 2.4l perhaps a stylish Hyundai Sonata 2.4l and lastly an inspiring Nissan Altima with the similar engine as a daily drive. Immersed in a sterile yuppie lifestyle: Waking up at 4:30 am to start the office at 8 and then back to home around 8 again to join the family watching 4K and Curved TV screens; this now ensures a better-than- reality experience! Really? I, for one, don’t even care. Such a short shelf life!
What I really wish to know how those moments of indulgence slipped away from you? The moments when you were on your own. Less to care about what’s parked in your neighbor’s garage. The only thing that’s matters when you were free and happy. As you were able to do what you want (don’t get me wrong here, I am not advocating anything unlawful over here). How about if I reintroduce back your forgotten moments of pleasures? I am not asking you to look into the kaleidoscope. This time it’s a Nissan Altima 3.5 SL. A total sleeper car besides the 3.5 badges.
Outside, Nissan has done well to ensure a premium look as the bar in the midsize segment is continuously rising to keep the corporate yuppies have enough reasons to keep on talking about their rides. Yes, the Altima carries the corporate’s new organic looking design theme. Nevertheless, overall, the car projects a modern sleek & tidy look. The front, middle and the rear sections seemed to blend more fluidly. Our test car was in a Metallic Slate color, and I have my reservations against the color palette Altima is offered. But then again, off-late design has become more of a personal value of likes and dislikes. Though, besides the 3.5 badge, Altima doesn’t show any muscle to stand out from 2.5.
Inside the theme is stark dark. With Charcoal leather all around. Minimal contrasting chrome border around the center of the dashboard. The gearbox tunnel is accentuated with elegant carbon fiber like the chromatic panel that has fine thread lining inserted diagonally. The main speedo and techo dials’ sparkle are well lit. The instrument binnacle also features a customizable new Advanced Drive-Assist™ 4.0-inch LCD easy-to-use and integrates key information right in front of the driver.
However, more than anything that really worth mentioning here are the comfortable seats. Nissan bragged a lot about these new seats as they are developed after “zero-gravity research, provides Best-in-class seat comfort. According to this research, the least fatiguing seats are those that come closest to a ‘neutral posture’ – a relaxed position that the human body takes in a weightless environment.” There is a possibility the occupants in the back seat may complain about less headroom, but it depends upon an occupant’s height. Nevertheless, cabin space dimensions allow roominess with good over-all visibility and the warmth of umber-glow ambiance light during the night drive throughout the cabin.
This is where I am going to brag about this car. Remember somewhere up I mentioned Altima as Inspiring and the reason for that is Nissan’s longstanding power-house engine: VQ35DE 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 270 hp @ 6000 rpm and Torque: 251 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm. When Nissan launched its primal 350Z sports car, it was powered with the same glorious machine. The car briskly does 0-60 dash in a mere 6.5 seconds. Play it via paddle shifters behind the wheel or keep the auto stick in DS mode; Nissan did a good job to blanket the rubber band effect from its next-generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) This brand-new Xtronic CVT also features new control logic and expanded gear ratio coverage, which helps reduce noise and fuel consumption while improving drivability and responsiveness. The ride is pretty compliant and comfortable. However, at the same time, the 17-inch stylish alloy wearing 215/55R17 contradicts with Altima’s powerhouse engine and struggled to find grip, even when the traction control is switched on.
Safety Sense – 8/ 10
Nissan is hardly lagging behind when it comes to the acronyms of safety. Hence there are in abundance in order to prevent an accident and provides the next level of safety. To start with: (ATC) Active Trace Control system, which utilizes intelligent control logic and high-response brake actuators to brake the inside front wheels during cornering (as required) to increase yaw-moment. it is there as primarily for everyday driving. Then comes Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)/ Traction-Control System Control System (TCS) as a foundation. Furthermore, re-engineered Altima’s 4-wheel power-assisted disc brake system provides immediate response, confident braking and reduced fatigue. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are standard. Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags Roof-mounted curtain supplemental and side-impact airbags for front-and rear-seat occupant head protection. Offcourse acronym list continues with Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and segment-first Moving Object Detection (MOD)that picks up moving objects, such as other vehicles, when the rear-view camera is engaged when backing up and warns the driver with visual cues.
A Buyer’s Guide For The Liberation – 8/ 10
Nissan Altima 3.5 SV is not a sports sedan and it’s not even a driver car. It’s just a plain sporty car. Even so, what it does; it simply liberates one from the mundane and monotonous lifestyle. You don’t need to continue the prosaic routine to office and back with same usual mall visits. The big boot can take up other picnic paraphernalia as there are twisty open roads leading into the mountains. There are long stretches of tarmac winding through the beautiful dunes. While you enjoy a scenic drive or look at the vast sky from the sunroof, you can also enjoy the host of premium features that make Altima 3.5 SL proudly stand to any luxury car. Starting from the remote key fob engine start to Leather seating and trim with a double stitch, Driver 8-way power seat, power lumbar support, Bose audio with 9 speakers, Xenon headlamps and LED tail lights to name few. Price for Altima 3.5 begins at AED 106000/- As a matter fact this is the usual price bracket of many other midsize sedans with 4 cylinders Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata or the cylinders VW Passat tested on Rearview Mirror.
I don’t live in the past either. Neither I satiate myself as a couch potato in front of a TV screen. Nitpicking aside, Nissan Altima 3.5 keeps you in the fast lane to be parallel with the jet pack lifestyle in Dubai.