The 2008 Nissan Altima is largely carried over, after the Altima bowed for 2007 with a sleek new body that rides on a wheelbase one inch shorter than the previous version. This Altima feels decidedly sportier than much of the competition. We especially like the "shiftless" CVT transmission, which operates seamlessly, reduces noise in cruising, and actually seems more responsive than a normal automatic. With a rather taut suspension, it feels especially sporty, yet rides well enough to soak up most bumps. The 2008 Nissan Altima has an interior that feels positively functional, rather than gimmicky, with neat, attractive styling and nice materials.