The 2005 Nissan Altima was a four-door, front wheel drive sports sedan typically powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four or 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Altima was designed with sporty handling and style in mind, though it suffered from high interior road noise and had fewer safety features than competing sedans.
The Nissan Altima was offered in five trims for the 2005 model year. The base model and S trims were powered by the inline-four engine that produced 175 peak horsepower, while the SE and SL models came with the larger V6 that output 250 peak horsepower. The SE-R trim was also powered by a 3.5L V6, but this version was tuned to produce an extra 10 horsepower. The SE-R also came with upgraded brakes, a stiffened sport suspension and a high-flow exhaust to maximize performance.
Performance of the 2005 Nissan Altima was high compared to similar models, with the SE-R in particular posting impressive numbers for the class. Several automotive publications reported 0 to 60 time of six seconds for this performance-oriented model. However, the Nissan Altima lacked safety features that had become common on sedans from other manufacturers. Stability control systems were not available on the 2005 Altima, and anti-lock brake systems were an optional extra rather than standard.