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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 Nissan Altima Coupe will soon be no more. Nissan recently announced its plans to cancel the 2-door version of its popular midsize Altima sedan, likely because of poor sales.

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.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I have a 2010 SR 3.5 Coupe with the red leather interior, 18″ alloy rims w/low profile tires and everywhere I go, people stop and star and want to know what kind of car it is. I’ve seen lots of other coupes on the road but they’re mostly the 2.5. They can’t believe it’s a Nissan Altima. I put in a Catback exhaust system that gives it a real sporty sound and that turns even more heads. I love the styling

  2. I just bought a 2010 White Coupe, 2.5L fully loaded and only 37K on the speedo for $15.5K.
    I love this car and get looks of compliments about it. Just bought the Nav update. I’m hoping it’s improved over the ’10 version. Very sad Nissan dropped the coupe. Fabulous style IMO. Such a kick to drive. I’m 74 and kept waiting for Chevy to bring out a Cruze coupe but it appears they won’t do that anytime soon. Having never owned a four door car (AKA – a door model) I’m not about to start now. Long live coupes and car that a fun to drive.

  3. I bought 2013 Nissan Altima Coupe S 2.5L for $18,750 with 5,005 miles in it. I love this coupe a lot and it’s cheaper than Honda Accord Coupe by many thousands. It has the right power to drive and plays with it.

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