|Midsize car; Built in|
|Good condition price range: $11,200 – $23,300*|
2013 Nissan Altima
2014 Nissan Altima
2014 Nissan Altima
2014 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima does exactly what most shoppers expect from a midsize sedan. It has a nicely appointed cabin, rides well, and, at least in 4-cylinder form, delivers excellent fuel economy. It’s noisier than the class norm, and the rear seating area is a bit short on headroom, but these negatives are fairly minor. Despite these shortcomings, Altima remains a solid choice that offers good value for your money.
Altima is Nissan’s midsize car that’s been offered in coupe and sedan body styles–the latter being the far more popular variant. For 2013, Nissan redesigned the Altima sedan. Four-cylinder and V6 engines are offered.
Altima has proven very popular of late, with sales closing in on class leader Toyota Camry and surpassing the Honda Accord. Other top rivals include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. Altima is built in the U.S.
The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan was redesigned. It gained new styling, a new continuously variable transmission, and additional features. The gas/electric Hybrid model was discontinued. Nissan also offered a 2013-model 2-door Altima coupe that used the previous generation’s basic design. It was largely unchanged from the 2012 model and came in a single trim level with one drivetrain. Please see Consumer Guide’s 2007-2012 Nissan Altima review for more details on the coupe.
The 2.5 sedan was offered in base, S, SV, and SL variants. The 3.5 sedan was sold in S, SV, and SL versions. Nissan offered the Altima coupe in 2.5 S guise.
Base 2.5 sedans were equipped with many popular features, including power windows/locks/mirrors. Keyless access and starting, wireless cell-phone link, and audio streaming were also standard. Additional features in the 2.5 S sedans included cruise control, automatic headlights, and 6-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat. Nissan predicted the 2.5 SV would be the volume leader of the 2013 Altimas. It added dual-zone automatic climate controls, an upgraded audio system with satellite radio, rearview camera, and 17-inch tires on alloy wheels. The 2.5 S coupe blended some elements of the S and SV sedan; it included cruise control and keyless entry/engine start.
The 2.5 SL was the top-of-the-line 4-cylinder-powered Altima. It added a heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, power sunroof, Bose-brand audio system, LED taillamps, compass, and a driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and lumbar adjustment.
V6-powered 3.5 models were equipped like their 2.5 counterparts, but each added 18-inch tires on alloy wheels and a manual-shift mode with paddle shifters for the continuously variable transmission.
Nissan offered a handful of individual options for select Altima models; most were not offered for the base 2.5. These included a rear spoiler, splash guards, body-side moldings, and a trunk organizer.
A few option packages were also available. The 2.5 SV’s Convenience Package included a power sunroof, mirror-mounted turn signals, illuminated visor mirrors, universal garage door opener, compass, automatic day/night rearview mirror, automatic up/down passenger-side front window, interior mood light, cargo net, and fog lights.
The Navigation Package for 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV added an in-dash navigation system with steering-wheel-mounted controls.
A Technology Package for 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL included the navigation system, blind-spot warning, moving-obstacle detection, and lane-departure warning.
Many of the sedan’s options were available on the coupe as part of several different packages. You could order items such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate controls, rearview camera, power sunroof, navigation system, and power driver seat.
Altima’s base engine was a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that’s found in 2.5 models. The only other engine was a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that powers 3.5 models. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaved much like an automatic was standard on all 2013 Altima sedans.
All Altimas were front-wheel drive.
The EPA estimated that the 4-cylinder/CVT automatic combination would return 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The V6/CVT combination earned a 22/31 rating. Nissan recommended regular-grade gas for all Altimas.
Altimas came with all the expected safety features as standard. The SV and SL models included standard rearview cameras.
The 2014 Altima’s changes are fairly minor, limited to feature shuffling, which went along with the renaming of some option packages. The 2-door Altima coupe, which used the basic design of the 2007-2012 model, was discontinued.