The Nissan Altima is 20 years old this year! With six different models, two different engines, and two versions of its continuously variable transmission, the newly revamped 2013 Nissan Altima is likely to have something for everyone.
The versatile vehicle will also be proudly displayed at the Arizona International Auto Show in Phoenix Nov. 22 to 25, or you can always test drive the car at a dealership like Nissan Phoenix. This marks the first time Nissan has revamped is top-selling car in 20 years and it comes with features that aim to please.
The quiet handling of the 4-cylinder, 2.5 liter engine Altima gives families a cool, smooth and comfortable ride. Three models are available in the 2.5 L version – the base model, S and SV. The family may also particularly benefit from the Convenience or Navigation packages available for the models as well as the seats.
“Extreme comfort for everyone in the car,” wrote FutureCars.com about one of the top selling points of the 2013 Altima. The driver and front passenger are treated to zero gravity seats while rear passengers get a plush ride in the back. Five adults can comfortably enjoy the ride, and the trunk offers plenty of space, in some cases, notes FutureCars, where the trunk is bigger than many other cars in its class.
Nissan’s latest Altima definitely has more style than previous versions, World News Resource says. A bevy of design changes are to thank, including updated wheel wells and LED tail lamps. Other design changes include projector headlights, sweeping exterior lines, curved rockers and a raked windshield. What you choose under the hood can give you another kick.
Opt for the six cylinder 3.5 L engine and you get a powerful boost that impresses FutureCars.com as coming from a car this size. It’s about 260 ft lb of torque and 271 hp, up from the 2.5 engine’s 180 ft lb and 180 hp. You don’t lose the impressive mileage ratings, either. It stays keen at 31 mpg on the highway. Your six cylinder 3.5 L engine version of the Altima also comes in three variations: the S, the SV and the Range topper.
Experience gleaned over Nissan’s 20 years brings great things to Nissan cars. The new ride bodes well for modern tech-connected types. The NissanConnect feature allows drivers to use Bluetooth for a hands-free connection. You can also use Bluetooth to stream your favorite audio mixes as you’re cruising around town. Add the heads up display that shows you everything from your average MPG to your caller ID and your modern chariot awaits. Some buyers may even opt for the full technology package, available with all versions of the vehicle.
Still on the fence about the style of Nissan’s upgraded Altima matching your own? Don’t be. You may want to opt for the completely made-over Nissan 2013 Sentra or Pathfinder, which means the crossover fans and those who can’t get enough of the hatchback are also in luck. The totally updated Sentra and Pathfinder are expected to hit Phoenix Nissan and other dealerships later this year.