Nissan Altima Review |CarAdvice

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Nissan Altima


The Altima already fronts the V8 program for its marque, but this different production version go on sale in Australia for another few

Following the New York auto however, CarAdvice sampled the car us locals will soon be to buy, a mid-level 2.5-litre cylinder front-wheel-drive model an automatic, continuously variable (CVT).

While it’s to recognise that the Altima will race around this year is nothing this production car, the can be said for the Ford Falcon and Commodore. Yes, the Ford and offer V8 engines and rear-wheel but they are only philosophical – the hardware is entirely different.

crucially for buyers shopping in the sedan segment, the 2013 Altima is in the US-spec tested an car.

When it arrives in June the cylinder Nissan Altima rival the Toyota Camry. Accord. Mazda 6 and Ford while the optional 3.5-litre V6 take on the Falcon, Commodore and

Compared with the current the all-new Accord soon to in Australia, and others, the Altima is the car to utilise aluminium body – for the boot lid, bonnet and The Holden VF Commodore will use high-strength aluminum for its bonnet and lid, but not its roof.

For the customer, means terrific weight and, by extension, economy and improvements.

The US-spec Altima S here (SL model pictured) 1412kg. Every one of its competitor tip the further, including Camry Mazda 6 (1462kg), and Mondeo

The relative lack of weight the 2.5-litre four cylinder which produces a class-average of power at 6000rpm and 244Nm of at 4000rpm.

The Nissan Altima engine is teamed to one of the best transmissions The X-Tronic CVT works like an – rather than shifting six or seven set gears, it works a slider that quietly up and down to hold maximum when full throttle is then gently find a low-rev atmosphere when

It is literally infinite in its movement; not like a regular automatic. The with continuously variable is that they often like a rubber band the throttle is used, taking a to wind up and then surging when the throttle is released.

The CVT is refined, subtle and intuitive. On for example, it allows the engine to rev at 1800rpm at 110km/h, yet quietly up the rev range on hills when torque – or pulling power – is Alternatively, a Sport mode the sensation of ‘gears’ but really computer presets that revs when accelerating, to maximum power, or lifts when hitting the brake to provide engine braking.

Its CVT automatic isn’t the only where the Nissan Altima the four cylinder mid-sized feeling more like the big six for which our country has known for

The Altima is a supremely comfortable and sedan. Its interior finish is with soft-touch door proper door grab a colour display between the and tachometer, and comfy velour on this S spec.

The driving is spot-on, with eight-way adjustment for the driver’s seat its soft yet supportive padding.

In the Altima’s lack of wind and noise, and wonderfully comfortable yet suspension, are more reminiscent of a C-Class than a Camry or The new Nissan should feel at home on Australia’s wrinkled

The way the car ignores small pot holes, yet reigns in body movement big undulations at freeway speed is impressive and feels very A caveat here is that the 60-aspect 16-inch tyres to our test car sometimes play a in assisting comfort levels, bigger rims – such as the wheels on the SL model pictured – can affect comfort levels.

There are a few interior niggles – the top plastics are hard and mismatched, are no rear seat air vents, and the system on our US-spec car is basic. In the US, the Altima (pictured below) rear vents and touchscreen so no doubt some models will, too.

Nissan Altima

The boot is large, easily swallowing suitcases, but the ‘gooseneck’ bootlid crush bags with and reduce the effectiveness of the space. also less rear than in Camry, Accord and but marginally more than offered by the Mazda 6.

The Nissan Altima measures metres long – 71mm than a Camry – and an almost 1.83m wide, but its cabin really deliver on that

Where the Altima delivers its is with driving dynamics. Its isn’t to Mondeo standards, immediacy on the centre position yet feeling quite direct side of it. Nor can the Nissan match a 6 for dynamic verve, running understeer early.

It does, deliver more driving than that provided by a and Accord.

The Altima feels balanced, has an effective but unobtustive control system, and even to play with its driver – if it to push the front end wide, the throttle, and the car subtly pivots its axles to continue tracking

This isn’t a mid-sized car for drivers, but as with a Volkswagen the Nissan Altima rewards its all-round ability and class.

We don’t yet know how the Nissan will be specified for Australia. to US-spec cliche, the car we tested have been overly and mushy, but it wasn’t – it felt and sophisticated.

Equally, with weight-saving measures, impressive insulation, and very good – we averaged 7L/100km, freeway over a 700km tank of – the Altima should be at the pointy end of the class.

With the Toyota less than a year the new Mazda 6 having just and the all-new Honda Accord, Mondeo and Holden Malibu this year, the Altima have a fight on its hands.

On impressions, though, the Nissan has the mettle to lunge towards the end of the class.

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