Changes for the 2013 Nissan Altima:
There are two different Altimas on sale for 2013. The Altima Coupe is carried over from 2012, and is discussed in a separate summary on the Altima Coupe pages. The 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan is redesigned, quieter and more comfortable, larger yet lighter, and more fuel-efficient yet faster than before. Highlights include a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), new NASA-inspired zero gravity seat designs, an Easy Fill Tire Alert system, an Advanced Drive Assist Display, NissanConnect Bluetooth smartphone pairing and mobile applications technology, a text messaging assistant, and new safety technologies.
The redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan is offered in two model series: Altima 2.5 and Altima 3.5. Each can be purchased with S, SV, or SL trim, and the Altima 2.5 is also available in a base model that lacks cruise control, a power driver’s seat, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, and automatic headlights that turn on when the wipers are activated.
Engines and Transmissions:
The 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 is equipped with a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to make 182 horsepower. A standard CVT powers the front wheels, and Nissan claims the Altima 2.5 can accelerate to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. If that’s not quick enough for you, the 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 has a 3.5-liter V-6 carried over from last year. It generates 270 horsepower, and is matched with a CVT. In this model, however, the CVT includes paddle shifters for a more engaging driving experience.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Selecting the Altima 3.5 costs more than just extra money. This car is rated to get 25 mpg in combined driving, while the Altima 2.5 is expected to return 31 mpg in combined driving. Spend all of your time on the highway, and the Altima 2.5 is rated to burn a gallon of gas for every 38 miles traveled.
The 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan receives a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has also performed crash tests on the new Altima, and it names the car a “Top Safety Pick Plus” because it received an “Acceptable” rating in the tough new small overlap frontal-impact evaluation. Note, however, that this rating applies only to Altimas built after November of 2012.
The 2013 Altima Sedan is equipped with a standard Easy Fill Tire Alert system, which automatically chirps the horn when the tire has reached the proper pressure during inflation. NissanConnect technology allows a smartphone to be paired with the system to run mobile applications from the in-dash touchscreen. The system also provides speech-to-text messaging capability. Additional options for the Altima include a navigation system, a Blind Spot Warning system, a Lane Departure Warning system, and a Moving Object Detection system. The Moving Object Detection technology works when the Altima is reversing, delivering a warning if another vehicle or a pedestrian is approaching from either side of the vehicle.
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