Feb 20, 2008 7:00 pm

As a potential Altima owner (and previous Civic Hybrid owner), I wonder if any of you have compared the performance of the Altima hybrid to the Altima 4 cyl and the Altima 6 cyl. I found that my wife would not ride in the Civic because she disliked the seats. She likes the Altima seats better, and I am impressed with the Altima 4cyl ride and performance. Although not 0-60 in 7 secs, as with the 6 cyl, it appears to be a lot better than the 12 sec 0-60 performance of the Civic Hybrid. Since the engine has 162 ft-lbs of torque at only 2800 rpm and the electric motor claims 199 ft-lbs of torque, does this translate into rapid acceleration and performance? Although they are selling 1000 per month, I find it difficult to get my hands on one in Pennsylvania (closest approved states are NY and NJ).