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2012 New York Auto Show - Nissan

Nissan AltimaNissan Altima
Nissan AltimaNissan Altima

Nissan debuted the new mid-size Altima sedan. It's their best-seller and has been redesigned from the ground up.

 How's it look? If you like the Maxima, you'll probably like the new Altima. Sorta. If the Maxima is Peyton Manning, then the Altima is Eli. Clearly brothers, but one just doesn't look quite as sharp, and doesn't perform as well as the other. Don't feel bad for the Altima, though. Just as Eli has more rings than his multi-MVP brother, the Altima outsells the Maxima handily.

 And it should continue to do so. The Altima has always been a great alternative to class leaders Camry and Accord, even passing the Accord in sales, and now it's nipping the Camry's heels ever more closely.

 With a low point of entry at $21,500 and 38 MPG, there's lots to like. Nissan has loaded up the Altima with features like Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and moving object detection. The Altima hits the streets later this fall.