2013 Nissan Altima 4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.5
|Engine :||2.5L 182.0hp|
|Drivetrain :||Front Wheel Drive|
|Exterior color :||Black|
|Interior color :||Tan|
|Doors :||4 Doors|
|Fuel Type :||Gasoline|
The 2013 Nissan Altima starts at $22,280 MSRP (including destination), a bit more than the comparable 2012 VW Passat and 2013 Hyundai Sonata, but slightly less than the 2013 Toyota Camry or Chevy Malibu. A loaded 3.5 SL V6 stickers at about $31,000. We expect the all-new 2013 Honda Accord and Ford Fusion to come in somewhat higher when they arrive later this year. The Altima’s resale value should also be mid-pack, a little less than perennial favorites Camry and Accord, but better than the rest in this highly competitive class.
Driving The Used 2013 Nissan Altima
Thanks largely to a new multilink rear suspension and the much-improved CVT, this is a finer-driving Altima than any before it. Around town, on freeways and on twisty back roads, the 2013 Altima feels tight and nimble yet quiet and comfortable on all but the nastiest surfaces, perhaps because its engineers benchmarked the size-smaller BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Much appreciated were the electro-hydraulic power steering, more precise than typical electric boost yet more energy efficient than pure hydraulic, and Active Understeer Control, which brakes the inside front wheel slightly to help get around a curve you may have entered a bit too fast. The 3.5-liter V6 is strong, but the massaged 2.5-liter four is more than adequate – Nissan clocks it at 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds) – at least for light loads and level roads. The unique multifunction rearview camera performed its lookout jobs well, and the NASA-inspired seats proved as fatigue-reducing as claimed.
The 2013 Nissan Altima’s cabin is finely crafted with soft-touch materials, but its prime attraction is NASA-inspired "zero gravity" front bucket seats, which approach the relaxed “neutral posture” that the human body assumes in a weightless environment. We can’t test them in space, but we appreciate the research, development and attention to detail that have gone into making them as fatigue-reducing as possible by lessening muscular and spinal loads and improving blood flow. Cloth seats and piano-black trim with chrome accents are standard, leather and metallic or faux wood are available, the former with a charcoal interior, the latter with blond.
About the same length as the outgoing Nissan Altima, the 2013 model sits on the same wheelbase but with 1.4-inches-wider tracks and 0.8-inch-deeper fenders to accommodate larger wheels and tires and give the sedan a strong, athletic stance. Its drag coefficient is a slick 0.299. And while the new Altima’s nicely sculpted new body is less expressive than the Sonata’s and maybe a bit less pretty than the Malibu’s or Fusion’s, it’s easily more distinctive than the Camry’s or Passat’s.
EASY FILL TIRE ALERT
The new Altima’s tire pressure monitoring system does more than simply providing individual tire-pressure information. When adding air to any tire, the hazard lamps flash to tell you the system is working, then the horn beeps to let you know when you have reached the correct pressure.
MULTIFUNCTION REARVIEW CAMERA
Part of an available Technology Package, the Altima’s rearview camera provides not just the usual what’s-behind-me view when reversing, but also Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection, the latter two firsts in this segment.
The base Altima 2.5 offers a 6-way manual driver’s seat and a 4-way front passenger seat, plus a 60/40-split/folding rear bench seat, power windows and doorlocks, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with touch controls, remote keyless entry with a pushbutton ignition, NissanConnect Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a 4.0-inch color customizable Advanced Driver Assist display. Altima S and SV models add features leading up to the top-line 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL models loaded with leather, premium trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, BOSE Premium Audio, and heated front seats/steering wheel/outside mirrors, plus 18-in. wheels and tires on V6-powered models.
With most major features attached to specific models, the 2013 Altima offers just three option packages and two stand-alone options (a remote start and rear spoiler). A Convenience Package and a Navigation Package are available on SV models, and a Technology Package further loads up top-line SL models. On SV and SL Altimas, NissanConnect comes with a 5.0-inch color audio display, integrated Hands-Free Messaging Assistant (it lets you listen to incoming texts and verbally respond with stock replies), SiriusXM satellite radio, and Pandora integration. With Navigation, NissanConnect gets a 7.0-inch touch screen with voice recognition, split-screen display and 3D-effect map views.
Engine & Transmission
Running counter-trend, Nissan continues to offer a V6 as its "up" engine. The 2.5-liter four is redesigned for lighter weight and higher efficiency, while the 3.5-liter V6 is improved to reduce its fuel consumption. Both drive the Altima’s front wheels through the only gearbox offered, Nissan’s next-generation Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which has a wider ratio spread, improved control logic and 40 percent lower friction than the one it replaces. Not everyone loves a CVT, which drives engine revs ahead of vehicle speed during strong acceleration, but this one accounts for 15 percent of the new 4-cylinder’s efficiency improvement and 10 percent of the V6’s gain over 2012s, and it comes with fixed-ratio-simulating manual shift paddles on uplevel models.
182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
180 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/38 mpg
270 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg
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2.5L DOHC SMPI 16-valve I4 engine w/cover
Continuously variable valve timing control
Engine block heater
Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Front wheel drive
Front strut suspension w/stabilizer bar
Rear independent multi-link suspension w/stabilizer bar
Electronic hydraulic pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering
Pwr front ventilated/rear solid disc brakes
Temporary spare tire w/steel wheel
Chrome bodyside moulding w/trunk finisher
Colour-keyed front/rear splash guards
Black painted grille w/chrome surround
UV tint glass w/windshield sunshade band
Chrome door handles
Chrome license plate finisher
Variable intermittent flat-blade wipers w/mist function
Bluetooth hands-free phone system -inc: voice recognition
60/40 split-folding rear seat
Rear fold-down armrest
Instrumentation -inc: electroluminescent "Fine Vision" gauges, digital clock, tachometer
Trip computer -inc: dual trip meters, outside temp, distance to empty, average fuel economy, average speed, drive time
Driver door key cylinder
Pwr door locks w/auto-lock
Retained accessory pwr
Vehicle security system
(2) 12-volt pwr outlets
Rear seat heat ducts
Rear window defroster w/timer
Locking glove box
Overhead console w/sunglass storage compartment
Front/rear assist grips -inc: (1) front passenger, (1) rear, (1) coat hook in rear
Front passenger seat back map pocket
4-wheel anti-lock braking system
Electronic brake force distribution
Active understeer control (AUC)
Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: occupant classification sensor, seat belt sensors
Front seat side-impact airbags
Front & rear curtain side-impact airbags
Front 3-point ELR driver & ALR/ELR passenger seatbelts -inc: height adjustable, pretensioners, load limiters
Rear 3-point ALR/ELR seatbelts
Child safety rear door locks
Child seat tether anchors (LATCH)
(3) child seat tether anchors located on rear parcel shelf
Emergency inside trunk release
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