The Nissan Altima is all-new for 2013. With a combination of innovative mechanical components, carefully tuned ride and handling, advanced cockpit connectivity features and sleekly contemporary styling that belies its price class, the fifth-generation 2013 Altima feels like it’s a class above its mid-size segment while providing comfortable, efficient family transport.
Most 2013 Altima models will come with a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but a a vigorous, upscale 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 is available. The thrifty four-cylinder engine is newly redesigned and, combined with a vastly improved Nissan CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the result of 20 years of refinement, this drivetrain results in a segment-leading 38 mpg EPA Highway rating. That’s better than Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu ECO, Hyundai Hybrid or any other competing mid-size sedan.
We found the Altima 3.5 with the V6 engine a brilliant performer, but the Altima 2.5 with the four-cylinder engine delivered just average performance.
Altima 2.5 SL upgrades with leather seating, heated front seats. 8-way power driver’s seat w/ power lumbar, 2-way adjustable head restraints, Bose 9-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux, compass, folding power sideview mirrors, Homelink Universal Transceiver, power moonroof, wood-tone trim, metallic texture trim, LED front map lights, mood lamp, side cargo net, fog lights, outside mirror LED turn signals, LED taillights and CHMSL.
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