The Nissan Altima, Nissan’s flagship vehicle, the mid-sized sedan that has the looks like nobody else. The Altima is a big deal, it’s Nissan’s baby quite frankly and it’s time for a refresh. The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima has received some changes in design, drivetrain, and engine output. Let’s see how these changes accompany the Altima! Continue after the break and enjoy the video!
The Nissan Altima has been a funky looking car, just to let you know it’s a good thing. Comparing the Altima to it’s rivals the Camry and Accord, the Altima, in my book, wins in the looks department. It’s always had some premium design, things that have been passed down from Infiniti to Nissan. I think the time span between those two brands are shorter than Lexus to Toyota and Acura to Honda. The new one has received a Nissan Versa grille, it actually makes the car look great in my opinion, even though it’s coming from an economy car. Also, the headlights are now boomerang shaped like they are on the Nissan Maxima. If you line up the Maxima and the new Altima, they almost look the same, even in size. But the Nissan Maxima is a whole lot lighter than the Altima but the Altima has gone on a diet as well. I honestly think the new Altima looks fantastic!
The Nissan Altima has had the same engines for quite a while. Same story here, but there is a twist, the engines have been tuned and made more efficient. The base 2.5L four-cylinder delivers 182BHP at 180 ft LB of torque while the larger 3.5L six-cylinder delivers 270BHP at 258 ft LB of torque. Also the four-cylinder model will achieve 38 MPG on the highway, put that together with a 18-gallon fuel tank, and you have almost 700 miles to one tank of fuel. Of course that will vary on how fast you drive and how aggressive you drive, for me, I barely got 20 but I was flooring it a lot…..
The Nissan Altima has had the same type of transmission, a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) which was very fuel efficient in its class and legendarily reliable. The new Altima has the second-generation of that transmission, it delivers better miles to the gallon but that’s not it’s main feature. This new transmission has absolutely no gear, it’s actually a track that spins. It will expand and contract acting like gears but there is no change. When you are at slow speeds, the track is close together but at highway speeds, the track is at the furtherest position and spinning at just above idle. This is a dream to drive on highways, it’s so quiet.
The Nissan Altima has been my favorite mid-sized sedan for a while, I’ve actually owned one before. It always had looks on it’s side and that was an important factor to me. Now the new Altima has really risen above everyone else in the class. It’s quiet, smooth, fuel efficient, but it’s not slow nor boring! Make sure to watch the video review above for more content!