2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Nissan Altima - Road Test Specs

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$30,860
Options on test vehicleSL Technology Package ($1,090 -- includes 7-inch color display Nissan navigation system with turn-by-turn navigation integration into Advanced Drive-Assist display,steering wheel navigation controls, Blind Spot Warning [BSW], Moving Object Detection [MOD], Lane Departure Warning [LDW], NavTraffic and NavWeather, Google Local Search and Google Send-to-Car); Rear Spoiler ($395); Splash Guards ($145); Floor Mats ($130).
As-tested MSRP$32,620
Assembly locationSmyrna, Tennessee


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498/213
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 4,400
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typePulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter and column-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.68


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4
Tire make and modelDunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size235/45R18 (94V)
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.7-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.5-inch solid discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.4 @ 100.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.3 @ 99.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)38.1
@ Full throttle (dB)72.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)60.6
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,750

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWas difficult to match the original ESC-on run. The extra wheelspin with traction control turned off seemed to freak the system out, causing it to hesitate slightly at 3,200 rpm. But this Altima is quick, with an instant surge of power off the line, then almost immediately pegging the tach at 6,800 rpm. The normal Drive transmission mode proved quicker than D Sport or Manual. "Manual" shifting is via steering-column-mounted paddles.
Braking commentsFirm pedal with short travel. Not too much nosedive and only a tiny bit of side-to-side squirm. Distances got a bit longer throughout. First stop was 115 feet. Shortest was second stop at 114 feet. Longest was 7th (and final) stop at 123 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Very willing to alter line with drop-throttle, which was entertaining. It felt like the Active Understeer Control was cutting in during ESC-on runs, braking the inside front wheel. The throttle was also cut slightly with ESC on, but right foot control was still required, as the amount of intervention wasn't overly intrusive. Slalom: Responsive steering with good feedback. Well-damped suspension, decent grip from the tires. Ran the CVT in "3rd gear" in Manual mode, which was nice to have the ability to hold the rpm at a certain level. ESC cannot be fully defeated, but its limits in "off" mode are pretty high and was only really a factor when powering out at slalom exit.

Testing Conditions

Test date5/1/2012
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)59.4
Relative humidity (%)80.6
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)6.0, Headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,209
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/30 highway/25 combined (manufacturer estimate)
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.6 worst/28.4 best/21.6 average (443 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.0
Driving range (mi.)540

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionBose AM/FM/CD/MP3 9-speaker audio system
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack and Aux input
Satellite radioStandard SiriusXM (subscription sold separately)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional with 7-inch display screen
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera, optional rear moving object detection
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional rear moving object detection
Night VisionNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,355
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,358
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62/38
Length (in.)191.5
Width (in.)72.0
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62.0
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)45.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.4
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)15.4
GVWR (lbs.)4,381
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)899
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)NA
Tow capacity, as equipped (lbs.)NA


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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