2013 Nissan Altima | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine.

September 17th, 2012 | Category: Nissan | 996 Views

2013 Nissan Altima | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – It’s no secret that it was largely luck that vaulted sales of the Nissan Altima past the Honda Accord and to within spitting distance of the Toyota Camry in the hotly contested midsize sedan segment. Mother Nature’s bad luck struck Honda and Toyota disproportionately last year just as economically shell shocked buyers started venturing back into showrooms. Nissan and Hyundai/Kia reaped the benefits as the sales race tightened to the point that the top six nameplates in the segment wound up with a market-share point-spread of just six points, down from 16 or more in a typical year. Transaction prices have tightened up similarly. This year Nissan is standing on the gas trying to hold or improve its position with its all new 2013 Nissan Altima, but of course it will be joined by a similarly rejuvenated Accord, Fusion, and Malibu. The Camry and Passat were new last year.

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Of course, it’s still a CVT, which is to driving enthusiasts what Mark Zuckerberg is to the Amish. But Nissan’s Xtronic unit at least makes a good go of it, thanks to a sport mode that introduces shift points to create a physical and auditory experience similar to that of a traditional torque converter automatic. To be fair, the revs don’t plunge quite as far as they would in a slushbox, but it keeps the engine in the meat of its powerband and still delivers a pretty convincing performance, even when subjected to aggressive throttle openings. Either way, those awkward “stretched rubberband” CVT moments are kept to the bare minimum, only rearing their head when the accelerator is buried in the carpet, and just for a moment. Under most circumstances, we imagine most Altima drivers probably won’t even notice they own a CVT.

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2013 Nissan Altima Price :
When the original Nissan Altima launched 20 years ago, it wore a toddler-sized version of the Infiniti J30’s rhinestone jumpsuit. That first Altima was smaller than its competitors and a bit rough around the edges, it had fake wood the color of Cheetos; and it came bearing a completely unknown name. None of that mattered. It started at $13,349, but the world thought you’d bought a $34,895 J30. Nissan sold 120,000 Altimas that first year, 20 percent more than planned.

Clearly, any resemblance between the 2013 Altima and an Infiniti M37 is purely intentional as Nissan revives the show it staged back in the roaring Nineties. Today, a base Altima costs $22,280, but at a glance it appears that you’ve spent $48,595 on an Infiniti M37. Like the original, the newest Altima’s shape makes a strong first impression. Unlike the original, it holds up to closer scrutiny.

Our top spec SL tester included everything from heated power leather seats and a moonroof to a heated steering wheel and Bose stereo, and the optional $1,090 Tech Package (navigation + blind spot, lane departure and moving obstacle detection systems) and few peripheral add-ons (rear spoiler, mud guards and floor mats) brought the as tested price to $30,590, including $780 in delivery fees. That’s a thick stack of bills, but even the base $21,500 2.5 is equipped with Bluetooth telephony and streaming audio, Easy Fill tire inflation and remote keyless entry. Nissan expects the $24,100 SV to be the volume model, and it comes with remote start, dual zone climate control, XM, rearview camera and hands free text messaging. 3.5 V6 models start at $25,360 and add 18 inch alloys and paddleshifters.

A bare bones Altima starts at $22,280, but most buyers will choose the $24,880 2.5 SV model. It includes niceties such as cruise control, a six way power driver’s seat, Bluetooth connectivity, 17 inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone climate control, and remote start. Adding navigation costs a very reasonable $590; bolting on the Convenience package (sunroof, auto dimming mirror, and fog lights) adds $1350 to the bill. At the top of the four cylinder range is the 2.5 SL trim level like our test car’s. To a loaded SV, the $28,830 SL adds leather seats, a nine speaker Bose stereo, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats. We’d skip the SL’s Infiniti like trappings and settle for the SV.

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2013 Nissan Altima Interior and Exterior :
Styling is best described as evolutionary, with a look that builds on the outgoing model’s design while borrowing elements from Nissan’s own Maxima and Infiniti M. The overall appearance strikes us as more mature than dynamic, somewhere between the opinion-splitting “look at me” raciness of the Sonata and the Teutonic sobriety of VW’s Passat. Projector headlamps come standard, as do LED taillamps. Overall, we like the look, particularly the way the sunlight plays on some of the sheetmetal’s deep-draw contours, but there’s arguably an overreliance on chrome to communicate the car’s premium aspirations, particularly in the front grille.

If there were a single area where the exiting Altima needed a dramatic rethink, it was inside. While the outgoing car’s ergonomics were solid, unkind plastics, middling switchgear, a tight back seat and a general lack of warmth dominated the cabin. For 2013, well-grained soft touch plastics frame legible instruments and a well organized center stack, and the so called “Zero Gravity” NASA inspired seats proved all day comfortable and supportive in the bends. There’s also a new four inch color multi function display sandwiched between the speedometer and tachometer that keeps tabs on everything from the trip meter to navigation and Pandora, and it’s artfully canted forward for improved perspective and ease of focus. Rear seat space has improved, but still comes across as a bit tight for class standards, especially compared to the Passat’s NBA spec accommodations. Like the exterior, the cabin’s overall aesthetic hedges toward the conservative, but given the segment, that’s appropriate. As it is, the Altima’s new digs are at or near the top of the class.

Like the NV vans, Pathfinder, and Infiniti JX, the fifth generation 2013 Altima sedan has been engineered from the ground up for America in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It will be built in Mississippi and Tennessee for export to 45 countries and now shares its D platform underpinnings with the Japanese market Teana. (The current gen coupe continues through next year.) Relative to the outgoing Altima, the wheelbase is unchanged but the rear track is widened slightly, the car is 0.8 inch longer, and 1.3 inches wider. Extensive use of ultra high strength steel means the body structure already among the featheriest in the segment weighs in 79 pounds lighter (roughly 3100-3200 pounds depending on configuration) and is 30 percent more rigid. We’re also told to expect best in class acceleration, and handling targeted not at the competitive set, but at such luminary sedans as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

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2013 Nissan Altima Engine :
We had a second chance earlier this week to drive production intent cars on the winding roads around Nissan North America’s Nashville, Tennessee, headquarters, and chose to focus on the 2.5 liter, because consumers tend to as well V6 models only make up about 10 percent of Altima sales. For 2013, the QR25 receives a modest seven horsepower bump, thanks in part to variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust cams, a reworked ECU and a new intake manifold. We found the four to be a likeable drive partner, with good power and smoothness and little in the way of four cylinder thrash, even hovering near its 6,200 rpm redline. Nissan says the four cylinder will run to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which would put it at the head of its segment.

The headline number for this Altima isn’t its 0-60 time or horsepower count, it’s all about fuel economy. Nissan isn’t being shy about touting its 38 miles per gallon highway estimate for the four cylinder. In fact, it’s so proud that announcements trumpeted the figure all along our bucolic drive route: giant “38 mpg” banners on hay bales, direction signs Nissan even painted it on the side of a barn. It’s a figure worth bragging about, of course, besting the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion and 2012 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, not to mention the usual suspects from Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen and Korea Inc. Combined with an 18 gallon tank, that gives the Altima a bladder perforating range of 680+ miles, tops in the segment. The more powerful V6 chips in with a respectable 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

Powertrain wise, the new QR25 2.5 liter four cylinder features variable timing on both cams and a composite variable volume intake manifold to broaden the torque curve. The engine is lighter and features a magnesium oil pan and a smart charging alternator, and peak output increases from 170 hp and 175 lb ft to 182/180. Combined with a next gen CVT (wider ratio range, 40 percent less friction, improved control logic), EPA fuel economy improves from 23/32 mpg to 27/38 (the unchanged VQ 3.5 liter V-6’s EPA scores jump from 20/27 to 22/30, thanks to the CVT). A hybrid model will follow at an unspecified date. The CVT is the only transmission available regardless of engine choice. Source: caranddriver.com, neocarsuv.blogspot.com, autocarrelease.com.

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