Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 27, 2012


The 2013 Nissan Altima is a social climber in all the right ways, more comfortable, attractive and better-equipped than its price suggests. It is also an extremely frugal fuel user, while still providing full five-seat family accommodation. We found the standard four-cylinder engine sluggish and the sedan offered only average dynamics and feedback on the road.

Ted West filed this report after his test drive of the Nissan Altima near Nashville, Tennessee.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Nissan Altima 2.5 ($21,500), Altima 2.5 S ($22,500), Altima 2.5 SV ($24,100), Altima 2.5 SL ($28,050); Altima 3.5 S ($25,360), Altima 3.5 SV ($27,780), Altima 3.5 SL ($30,080)
Engines:182-hp 2.5-liter I4; 270-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions:continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Safety equipment (standard):all federally-mandated airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, child seat anchors, LATCH System, power window lockout, child safety rear door locks, emergency inside trunk release, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, Active Understeer Control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):Blind Spot Warning, Moving Obstacle Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Easy Fill Tire Alert
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee; Canton, Mississippi
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Nissan Altima 2.5 SV ($27,490)
Standard equipment:dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, 6-way manual driver's seat, AM/FM/CD with 4 speakers, Bluetooth hands-free phone. Bluetooth Streaming Audio, speedometer, tachometer, coolant gauge, fuel level w/ fuel door location, power windows, power door locks, dual remote power sideview mirrors, remote keyless entry, steering wheel cruise control, center console w/ armrest and power outlet, 4 cup holders, 4 bottle holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel, speed-sensitive audio volume control, USB port with iPod, satellite radio, Pandora, Google POI Search, Hands-Free text messaging, rearview monitor, rear heating/cooling vents, remote engine start
Options as tested (MSPR):Convenience Package ($1350) with power moonroof, fog lights, sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, manual folding sideview mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, front passenger window with one-touch auto up/down, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Homelink Universal Transceiver, compass, mood lamp, side cargo net; Navigation Package ($590) includes Nissan Navigation system with 7-in. color screen, turn-by-turn navigation integration into Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist Display, steering wheel navigation system controls
Destination charge:$780
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$27490
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):182 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):180 @ 4000
Transmission:continuously variable transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:27/38 mpg
Wheelbase:109.3 in.
Length/width/height:191.5/72.0/57.9 in.
Track, f/r:62.4/62.4 in.
Turning circle:37.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1.0/54.0/45.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.1/52.1/36.1 in.
Cargo volume:15.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, strut
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3121 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:18.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 27, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-647-7261 -