As Marksaal pointed out, there actually IS a Ds
mode for 2010 Altima.
It is said so in the manual and also in the features DVD (that one gets if you have factory Navigation installed).
They clearly state that Altima will Automatically "change" the gears when in Ds mode. (Give the appearance of gears being changed as they approach redline.)
If we want to have 'total control' of the gears then we actually push the transmission Up or Down (in Manual mode) to shift up or down.
[I know, that CVT never really allows the human to be in TOTAL control of the gear since it always protects itself by ramping up or down to protect itself from being damaged. But it does provide the illusion that the human is in control
Can anyone actually confirm if the car goes into (and SHOWS) the Ds mode.
Or is it that the car does go into this Ds mode but does not show it on the LCD. Meaning, if one is going at lets say, 35mph and moves the gear into manual gate (lets say the lcd shows M4), keeps it there (without ramping in up or down), and keeps on accelerating, will it start showing M4->M5->etc. ?
I can't test this on my brand new Altima since I'm still in the engine break-in period.