Would I recommend it? Yes and no. It's a great little car. Very reliable, but there are some safety concerns. The blind spots are terrible! You have to look triple time to make sure you can change lanes safely. There are no blind spot detectors installed on this vehicle. You sit very low and sometimes the side mirror actually obscures your view, as well as the pillar on the drivers side. The seats are basically "racing" seats, so not very comfortable.
I almost passed this car by in my search. Am I glad I didn't. My heart wants a sports car. My family needed a practical car. This car is both. The v-6 is powerful, the handling responsive, the interior comfortable and secure feeling. The gas mileage is averaging just over 25 mpg with about 1/3 highway miles. And my lead foot. Is acceptable in snowy conditions, but isn't all wheel drive, so that's to be expected. Other car is a Mazda cx-5. My daughter calls that one zoom zoom. She calls my Altima vroom vroom. It is seriously a performance car hiding in a family car. Better than a 14 mustang v-6 convertible we rented on vacation as far as performance. And much more practical. I love it, only wish mine had premium audio.
I wanted a car that was safe, fairly quick, and not completely boring to look at or drive. It's been super reliable. It's never left me on the side of the road, and it's never given me any sort of trouble even on 10+ hour long road trips. I was super skeptical about the CVT, but I think Nissan has done a good job (at least with this model year) of making it feel good - although it still does kind of sound like you're killing it under hard acceleration. I have noticed that as it has gotten older, there are a few more rattles and squeaks, but that I am willing to accept that as being caused by awful in-town Atlanta roads. Still, an awesome car that is well worth the money!