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Test drive and review 2013 Nissan Altima
‘We changed everything but the name’ – that is how Nissan describes their all new 2013 Altima. As you probably already know this is one of the most important models for Nissan in the North American and Middle East markets and the company took this fact very seriously when developing their all new Altima.
So what is changed in the new car and are all these changes for good? As for the exterior we have to say that Nissan did very good job with the new Altima. The car has exterior design features similar to the current Maxima and that is definitely a good thing – now the compact sedan looks and feels much more upmarket than before.
The modern dynamic styling of the 2013 Altima leaves the impression that this might be a car from the premium segment rather than affordable mid-sized sedan. And that is quite obvious when you opt for the 3.5 SL model line which comes with powerful 3.5L engine, leather upholstery, Bose stereo, 18-inch alloy wheels and plenty of luxury and technology features.
As a conclusion we have to admit that the exterior of the new Altima definitely leaves a positive impression.
The interior is no exception, now much more technologically advanced and build with better high quality materials. The extremely comfortable leather seats (optional) are one of the best features of the new Altima. Another noticeable thing is that you can have the new car fully loaded with options that were typically reserved for the bigger Maxima and the rest of the cars in its class. By saying this I mean the fine leather, the paddle shifters on the steering column, the premium surround system and navigation system and plenty other features that make the Altima one step ahead of the competition.
The new Altima also impresses with large trunk volume with pretty wide opening.
As for the powertrains the 2013 Altima will be offered with two engine choices – either the 2.5L (182hp) or the 3.5L (270hp) which are both gasoline engines with great fuel economy. Or if you need more ‘punch’ from the car than you would be better with the bigger engine but you will have to sacrifice on fuel economy a bit with about estimated average consumption of 26mpg in mixed driving conditions compared to 32mpg for the smaller engine.
And though the ride is a bit on the firm side it definitely gives more road feedback and helps for improved fuel economy and driving dynamics.
As you can see Nissan put a lot of effort in developing the new generation Altima and with all the improvements and new technology in hand we can say the new 2013 Altima is definitely going to be a success.
2013 Nissan Altima video review