2013 Nissan Altima | new car review
For 2013, the Nissan Altima has evolved. Not conservatively, but boldly. It is much better spiced, meatier and wider than the previous-gen Altima. Is this enough to claw sales away from Camry?
The 2013 Nissan Altima is lighter, longer and sleeker than the outgoing car. With a new, noticeable grill, sloping roofline that gives it a coupe like silhouette and improvements all around, the new car certainly looks a serious contender in the mid size car segment.
Nissan calls this the most innovative Altima ever. The 2013 Nissan Altima comes with remote engine start, a first in the segment, as standard on all versions. Some serious research has gone into designing the seats of the new Altima.
According to research, the least fatiguing seats are those that come closest to a neutral posture – a relaxed position that the human body takes in a weightless environment or zero gravity. Nissan claims, the Altima seats help reduce muscular and spinal loads and improve blood flows thereby helping reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel.
The 2013 Nissan Altima also features safety technologies available only in premium cars until now. These include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection system in addition to a rear view camera.
Two engine options are available. The entry level 2.5 litre DOHC 16 valve in-line four cylinder engine is capable of 182 horsepower and 24.9kg-m of torque while the award winning 3.5 litre engine is rated at 270 horsepower and 35.7kg-m of torque. The engines are mated to a new generation continuous variable transmission (CVT) providing better performance and increased fuel efficiency of 18% over the 2012 Nissan Altima.
Multimedia offerings on the 2013 Nissan Altima include Bluetooth hands free phone, 7 inch colour touch display, navigation and Bose premium audio systems on top spec versions.
Prices start from AED 79,000/ US$ 21,500 and goes up to AED 114,000/ US$ 31,000
2.5 litre in-line 4
Max Power: 182hp
Max Torque: 244Nm
3.5 litre V6
Max Power: 270hp
Max Torque: 349Nm
Transmission: Continuous Variable Transmission
Detailed spec and features
The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in three 2.5-litre engine equipped models, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL, along with two 3.5-litre V6 equipped models, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL.
The Altima 2.5 S includes: 2.5-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, Next Generation XtronicCVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), Active Trace Control (ATC), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Remote keyless entry with Push Button Ignition, AM/FM/CD audio system with Aux-in with 2 speakers, steering wheel-mounted meter display control, air conditioning with rear vents , 60/40 split fold-down including best-in-class seat comfort inspired by zero-gravity research, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with driver and passenger single-stage supplemental front impact airbags (2 airbags).
Altima 2.5 SV (in addition to S features): Nissan Intelligent Key, Steering wheel mounted Audio & Cruise Control buttons, 6 speakers, Auto on/off Head lamp (enhanced type), Cruise control, Parking sensors (2 Front & 2 Rear), Foglamp, Bodycolor outside mirror, Chrome front cup holder, Console & interior door handle piano black trim, 215/55 R17 Tires, 17”, Aluminium wheel, 5 inch display audio, Bluetooth® hands free phone with steering wheel mounted buttons, Mic in roof console, USB port with iPod connectivity, Rear view camera.
Altima 2.5 SL (in addition to Altima 2.5 SV features): Auto dimming Inside mirror, Power window with One-touch auto-up/down for passenger, Driver 6-way power seat, Dual zone auto A/C, Vanity mirror with illumination and rod extension, Side cargo net, Compass, Side turn lamp in Outside mirror, Mood lamp in roof console, Side & Curtain airbag, Leather wrapped Steering, Remote engine start system.
Altima 3.5 SV (in addition to 2.5 SV features): 3.5L V6, Paddle Shift on Column w/ manual mode, AT with Ds Mode.
Altima 3.5 SL (in addition to 3.5 SV features): Leather seat and trim with double stitch, Driver’s 8-way power seat, Power lumbar support, Leather wrapped shift knob, Bose audio & 9 speakers, Xenon head lamps, Dual zone auto A/C, Auto dimming Inside mirror, Normal sunroof, Leather wrapped steering, Side cargo net, Compass, Remote Engine Starter, Side turn lamp in Outside mirror, Power window with One-touch auto-up/down for pass, Vanity mirror with illumination and rod extension, Side & Curtain airbag, Rear 2 independent type headrest, LED tail lamp, Premium interior trim (wooden with beige colour/metal with black colour).
Navigation pack (Altima SV & Altima 2.5 SL)
7-inch colour touch display
Bose audio and 9-speaker system (upgrading from standard 6-speaker system)
Technology pack (Altima 3.5 SL only)
7-inch colour touch display
Next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems
Remote engine start option for S and SV grade