2013 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: 3.5 SL; Nav, Tech, LEDs, Mud G

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3.5 SL; Nav, Tech, LEDs, Mud Guards; no spoiler
By sonaz on


2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


Great MPG highway. On a recent trip from D.C. to NJ I got 34.2 round trip.

Short, slow(city), and hilly driving is another story. That kind brings MPG way down.
The car does have a kind of 'groan' while accelerating or maintaining low-medium speed but I don't find it bothersome. Otherwise it's quiet.
The CVT is awesome in Ds mode. Very nice acceleration. Love pseudo 'gearshift' effect in Ds mode.
I have the heated seat issue where you get heat either at bottom cushion or the back but not both at same time. Repair attempt failed. Need to go back with it. update 02/16- the repair shorted out and was fixed again.
2/28/2016: My daily mileage went from 4 miles to and from work to 50 for the last year. The car drives like new still. Engine (6 cyl) is fabulous, car handles well ( if I were buying again I would consider the SR model, which was not available when I bought in 2013) .

Update Aug 30, 2016: Car now has over 50k miles and continues to please. Very comfortable, fits like a glove and is fun enough to drive. Ample power, handles nicely.
MPG is a little lower these days on new tires which are not like the originals which were low rolling resistance.
Update March 2017 ; 60,800 miles. Excessive
deposits on battery cable ends was cleaned. Replacement tires are not LRR and I notice a drop of about 1.2 mpg overall. Shifter starting to make 'crunching' sounds when shifting in/out of park.

Best Features

  • Outward visibility
  • Headlights
  • Climate control
  • Bluetooth
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost

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