This 2013 Nissan Altima video review includes information about fuel economy, price, safety, comfort and features. We compare it to other midsize family sedans and discuss both the 2.5 and 3.5 models.
The Nissan Altima ranks among our favorite midsize sedans. We like its styling, practicality and engaging driving dynamics. Evidently, the buying public agrees, because it's one of the best-selling cars in the United States.
Nissan recently redesigned the Altima, so it has new bodywork, an upgraded interior and higher fuel economy ratings. It stacks up well with other family sedans.
Pricing starts at $21,500 for the base Nissan Altima S with a four-cylinder engine. V6 models begin at $25,600, and a range-topping 3.5 SL like our test car can reach $32,000.
Although the interior design doesn't stand out, it's filled with high-quality materials and it's nicely assembled. Nissan says the NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" front seats reduce spinal loads and improve blood flow, and the driver seat is indeed supremely comfortable. The backseat is comfy, too, and offers plenty of legroom, though headroom is a little tight. Trunk capacity is competitive for this class. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split.
All Nissan Altimas come standard with Hands-Free Messaging Assistant, which reads text messages aloud if you have a compatible smartphone. SL models can be equipped with an optional lane departure warning system and rear moving object detection systems, both firsts for this class.
Both the four-cylinder and V6 engine come with a continuously variable transmission. It works like a regular automatic, and many consumers find it smoother during highway passing maneuvers. It also contributes to the car's excellent fuel economy. The four-cylinder returns an estimated 27 city/38 highway mpg, while providing adequate acceleration.
If performance is really your thing, go for the V6, which provides plenty of zip. However, the power sometimes comes on abruptly as you're accelerating from a stop. The V6 should return about 22 city/31 highway mpg.
The Nissan Altima offers a buttery-smooth highway ride, and the cabin is impressively quiet. Handling is sporty for a family sedan, and the steering feels very precise around turns.
This is the best Altima ever. Nissan upgraded the interior and reduced fuel consumption, while making sure it was still fun to drive.