The Nissan Altima was a four-door sedan introduced to the market in the 1993 model year. The 1994 model was part of the first generation Altimas, which were originally manufactured to replace the earlier Nissan Stanza. The first Altimas were actually named Stanza Altimas. This competitor of the Honda Accord and Mazda 626 had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $15,279 for the GXE trim level.
Dimensions and Vehicle Basics
The first generation Nissan Altimas were based on the much older Nissan Bluebird SSS, just like their Stanza predecessor. The full-sized sedan was 178.0 inches long and 66.5 inches wide. It had an exterior height of 50.8 inches and a total wheelbase of 97.4 inches. The Altima featured 39.21 inches of front headroom and 37.51 inches in the rear. It had a total of 13.98 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 1994 GXE Trim
The GXE was the medium-level trim on the 1994 Altima. It featured front bucket seats, cloth interior, tinted windows and a rear-window defroster. Other amenities included power windows with a one-touch down feature, a tilt steering wheel, a full floor console, and full carpeting. Nissan offered two higher trim levels, an SE and GLE, as well as one lower, the XE, in the 1994 model year.
The 1994 Nissan Altima GXE used a 16-valve, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produced 150 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and 154 foot pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm. It had a bore of 88.9 mm and a stroke of 96 mm. This dual-overhead-cam engine had a compression ratio of 9.2-to-1, and used a sequential multi-point fuel injection system.
Drivetrain and Suspension
The 1994 GXE trim was offered with either a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive, or an optional four-speed automatic, also with overdrive. A limited slip differential was also optional. The Altima used a strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar, and coil springs with an independent stabilizer bar in the rear. All wheels offered were 15 inches, both optional alloy and standard steel.
Safety and Performance
The 1994 Altima accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds. It used front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes. It featured standard power door locks, as well as rear child safety locks. An antilock brake system was optional from the factory. The Altima got an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway.
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