OK, so it's not a huge award. And our car got 2nd runner up, behind the Acura RSX and the Ford Thunderbird. Still, it's a good read.
http://www.auto.com/industry/autoyr27_20011227.htmFor the Nissan Altima, our second runner-up, an argument could be made that this midsize family sedan will have more impact in a key segment than either the RSX or the Thunderbird. Unlike the Ford or Acura, this is a car hundreds of thousands of Americans will be driving in the next few years.
They'll be well satisfied.
This handsome, affordable Altima grew in size and style to measure itself against the best midsize sedans. Then it added a twist: Power. Hairy, chest-thumping power.
The Altima can't touch the sex appeal of the Ford or the handling of the Acura. But equipped with its lusty 3.5-liter, 240-horsepower engine, it's actually faster than either. Even its standard 175-horsepower engine tops about any four-cylinder in its class for sheer thrust.
If it weren't for a somewhat chintzy interior,the Altima might have shot past both the T-Bird and Acura to the top of the list.