Nissan Altima 2.5 S
- Price: $22,560
- Gas mileage: 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway
Even for younger people beginning a career, sometimes a compact car just isn't large enough. The value-packed, midsize Altima can solve that space problem. Nissan redesigned Altima last year and it was for the better. Consumer Reports put it on its "recommended" list, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.
Although residing on the low end of Altima's seven-model lineup, the 2.5 S is nicely outfitted with Bluetooth connectivity, Advanced Drive-Assist Display with its 4-inch color screen with trip computer, six-speaker audio system and Easy-Fill Tire Alert that sounds the car horn when the appropriate pressure has been reached when airing up the tires.
A continuously variable automatic transmission ushers output from the 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to the front wheels.