2013 Nissan Altima Prices, Specs & Reviews – Motor Trend Magazine

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2013 Nissan Altima Summary

The Nissan Altima has been a mainstay in the midsize sedan and coupe category for two decades now. Meanwhile, the 2013 Nissan Altima represents the first year of the fifth generation, and the new design brings a fresh look and engine. The Altima is available in both sedan and coupe form, and customers have the choice of a plethora of different trims, as well as two different engines.

New For 2013

The redesigned 2013 Altima brings evolved styling, better efficiency, and an improved cabin to the midsize table. Motivation comes from a 182-hp, 2.5-liter rated at 38 mpg highway or a 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. A CVT is the only transmission available.

The Altima Coupe carries over with just one powertrain combination: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to the CVT.

Exterior

Even with the redesign, the 2013 Nissan Altima is still recognizably an Altima. At the same time, Nissan curved the sides a bit more and they are no longer as severe as they were previously. This has the effect of making the car look longer than on the past design.

A notable aspect of the design is that the ground clearance is just 5.4 inches, which adds a sporty touch.

Interior Cargo

The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan has a roomy interior that can match up against any sedans in the midsize category. Those in the front seat receive an ample 45.0 inches of legroom, while rear passengers should remain comfortable as well, with 36.1 inches. These totals make the Altima a worthy option for families or even adults who carpool.

Meanwhile, the coupe offers 42.3 inches of legroom in the front, as well as 34.4 inches in the rear, both exceptional totals for a coupe.

The number of features in the 2013 Nissan Altima varies substantially between trims, and there is also a wide price range. The base 2.5 trim starts at just over $22,000, while the highest trim manages to top $30,000. Although the $22,000 price point appears reasonable for a car with so much space, buyers should note that there are very few standard features included on it, and the price escalates quickly.

Regardless of the trim, the interior design is comfortable, although fairly generic. The ride quality can be slightly compromised on the lower trims, and so buyers will have to evaluate how much time they will be spending in the car. Lumbar support is only included with the SL and Coupe, and only the SL offers leather seats.

For cold driving conditions, the SL and Coupe also offer heated seats.

The two lowest trims offer a plastic and vinyl steering wheel, but upgrading nets buyers a handsome leather/metal steering wheel. All trims other than the top-of-the-line SL come with six-way, power adjustable driver seats, while the SL has eight-way power adjustable driver seats. All trims do come with power windows, power locks, and trunk release.

Illuminated entry is helpful for situations with low visibility, and comes with all trims except the base one.

Entertainment features are modest on the lower trims but ample on the higher ones. MP3 capability comes standard on each trim, as well as an LCD screen and Bluetooth connectivity. The base trim comes with just four speakers, although the middle ones offer six speakers.

Meanwhile, the SL trim comes with nine Bose speakers. Another advantage to the SL, as well as the SV and Coupe, is the voice-activated navigation system, an especially useful feature to those who travel substantial amounts.

Safety

The 2013 Nissan Altima comes with six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and brake assist. An electronic stability system ensures a sturdy ride. Other standard features include a panic alarm, as well as a theft-deterrent alarm system.

Those who live in the city may look into purchasing the optional stolen vehicle tracking system.

Driving Experience

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The driving experience of the 2013 Nissan Altima varies wildly depending on the engine, as Nissan offers two very different engine options. Both engines are available in the S, SV, and SL trims. The first is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. It offers 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also the one that is used for the coupe.

The higher-level engine is a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. It has a far more substantial 270 horsepower, as well as 251 lb-ft of torque.

As expected, performance readings depend on the engine. From a standing still, it is estimated that the 2013 Nissan Altima goes from zero to 60 in a time of between 5.8-7.4 seconds. Of course, the more powerful engine will produce times at the lower end of the spectrum, while the base engine offers acceleration totals at the higher end.

Regardless of the trim, the car accelerates quite well for its category.

Fuel economy is another area in which the 2013 Nissan Altima distinguishes itself. Drivers can expect to receive 22-27/31-38 mpg city/highway, with the base model producing the superior fuel economy. Only front-wheel drive is offered, which may dissuade those who need more rugged utility.

Steering is strong, as the 2013 Nissan Altima has a turning radius of 18.7 inches on the sedan. Meanwhile, the Coupe offers even tighter steering, with a reading of 17.3 inches. Both steering totals make the Altima a worthy choice for those who live in cities and require a car that can turn on a dime.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Altima

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

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