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2002 ICOTY Awards - Sedan
Most Dependable - Nissan Altima  

ROAD & TRAVEL's 2002 Most Dependable -- Nissan AltimaNissan's turnaround in the marketplace is nothing less than stupendous. The reintroduction of its vehicles has given the public much cause for celebration. But while everyone was focusing on the Xterra's rugged popularity of the anticipation of the new Z car, Nissan was quietly working away at the new Altima, a vehicle that will help the company regain its title for building the best family sedans on the market. The new Altima is pretty, affordable, and quick. It doesn't have to be the center of attention with Day-Glo paint colors or 20-inch wheels. It gains attention by being the best in the segment; not an easy task when you have vehicles like the new Toyota Camry or Infiniti I35 to compete against.

The Altima is so good at everything it does, it doesn't need to scream it out. But for those who have had the pleasure of driving it, we are the ones screaming about its abilities. For starters, 240 horsepower from the uplevel V-6 engine (the most horsepower in its class), 110-inch wheelbase (the longest in its class), 15.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity (the most in its class); do you see why we like it so much? We depend our sedans to take us where we want to go safely, to handle our day-to-day chores with no drama, and to provide us with the reliability and creature comforts that we've grown accustomed to in the technology age. The Altima does all this and more, without burning a hole in our annual budget. Seriously, is there anything not to love on this new Nissan?

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ECO- Friendly Car of the Year
Th!nk City

Most Likely to Survive Anything
SUV of the Year
Jeep Liberty