2013 Nissan Altima First Drive Review: Pricing and Trim Levels
Assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., the 2013 Nissan Altima will be available in seven engine and trim level combinations with a starting MSRP of $21,500. This starting price is for the base 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5, and while it is almost $1,000 more than a 2012 Altima, there are plenty of added features on the new car including standard push-button start and Bluetooth phone and audio. The 2.5S will be the Altima's volume seller starting at $22,500, but we spent our day with both SV models (2.5SV and 3.5SV). The Altima 2.5SL and 3.5SL will stand as the luxurious, top-of-the-line models starting at $28.050 and $30,080, respectively, and each come loaded with plenty of standard features. Factoring in the $780 destination charge, the 2013 Altima will have a price spread that starts at $22,280 and goes all the way up to $32,540 for a fully loaded Altima 3.5SL.
While there is no indication what the future holds for the Altima Hybrid, the good news is that the Altima Coupe will be around for 2013. The bad news? It is the old body style and likely won't be around much longer. Buyers who pre-order a new 2013 Altima (excluding the base Altima 2.5) now through July 9 will not only be guaranteed to get the car he or she wants (instead of being limited by dealer inventory), but they will also receive a complimentary pre-paid maintenance program. This incentive has a value of $700, and it provides free maintenance for three years or 45,000 miles including oil changes and tire rotations.