The Nissan Altima has been sold for nearly two decades, succeeding in that rare role of a practical five-passenger family sedan that is also enjoyable to drive. Nissan has produced five generations of Altima sedan, the newest one for 2013. It has more recently been aimed at traditional segment leaders, with rapid evolutions in its features, finesse and power. As a result, it has become one of those segment leaders itself.
Current Nissan Altima
While the coupe remains related to last year's car, the Nissan Altima sedan is completely redesigned for 2013. The exterior and interior are completely new, with a focus on a more upscale look and feel throughout. Important engineering revisions markedly improve fuel economy, particularly for four-cylinder models, while updated suspension and steering designs maintain the Altima's reputation as one of the market's best-handling family sedans.
The Altima sedan is characterized by its responsive handling, composed ride, user-friendly electronics features and a high-quality cabin. Passenger space is also quite good, though some may find backseat headroom to be a tad short.
The sedan is available in seven different trim levels -- four attached to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and three to the 3.5-liter V6. The 182-horsepower four-cylinder returns 31 mpg combined, while the 270-hp V6 gets 25 mpg combined. Both come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
In reviews, we've been very impressed with the Nissan Altima. Most of its competitors are certainly worth a look, but this Nissan has all the makings of a benchmark. It does all the little things right, and goes the extra mile with its rewarding driving dynamics and high-end cabin.
As mentioned before, the Altima coupe is still mechanically related to the previous sedan. However, it is now only available in a single 2.5s trim level good for 175 hp and 26 mpg combined. This older lineage isn't necessarily a problem, though. The coupe actually drives much like the four-door, albeit with less polish and sportier suspension tuning. Besides the obvious differences in door number and styling, the coupe does have a less sophisticated interior design. Interior room is also significantly less, especially in terms of rear headroom, though what's there is still decent for a coupe.
Read the most recent 2014 Nissan Altima review.
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