Nissan Altima Coupe Canceled, Among Other Altima Changes
- Nissan canceling Altima Coupe before 2014 model year
- Altima Coupe lasted six years, debuted in 2008
- Other 2014 changes to Altima lineup are minor
The decision to cancel the Altima Coupe won't surprise most car enthusiasts. That's largely because Nissan redesigned the 4-door Altima last year, but left the coupe to carry on with its prior body style. Industry insiders also won't be surprised to see the Altima Coupe go, as it never posted big sales numbers for Nissan -- especially compared to the popular Altima sedan.
Nissan says the Altima Coupe's demise comes at the end of the 2013 model year. That means the sleek 2-door lasted six years before being axed, as it debuted for 2008. Two engines were offered: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a muscular 3.5-liter V6.
With the loss of the Nissan Altima Coupe, the midsize coupe segment is pared down to just the Honda Accord Coupe. All other rivals -- such as the Toyota Solara and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo -- have been removed from the market, possibly proving that buyers want 4-door practicality in their midsize vehicles.
In addition to dropping the Altima Coupe, Nissan is also making a few other changes to the Altima lineup for the 2014 model year. Most notably, 2.5 S models will see a new Sport Value Package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a remote starter and a rear spoiler.
Another major change comes to the 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV trim levels. Those models ditch last year's Navigation Package for a new Technology Package, which adds a blind-spot monitor and a lane-departure warning system to the optional navigation system. Other changes are minor and include standard sun-visor extensions on S and SV models, along with an available rear-view camera for the Altima 2.5 S and 3.5 S.
Nissan says the 2014 Altima sedan will reach dealers next month, while the coupe will only be available as dealership supplies last.
What it means to you: Although most changes to the Altima lineup are minor, shoppers looking for a midsize 2-door may want to consider the Altima Coupe before it's too late.