Berlin City Nissan of Portland
is pleased to offer the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima
. The 2013 Nissan Altima
is gunning to become America's top-selling
model. After the prior version finished 2011 in second place behind the
Toyota Camry, Nissan has made a number of improvements to its midsize
sedan in an effort to take the crown.
The sleek four-door's
calling card is its enhanced design. The new design borrows heavily from
its sister the Infiniti, the curvaceous bodywork is a few steps above
its predecessor's appearance. Inside the changes are in the same vein,
with a luxurious elegance replacing the attempt at sportiness in the
Altima's cabin. The dashboard is now constructed of layers of
high-quality plastic and wood trims that are as good as or better than
anything else in the class. It's also a spacious car that still offers
plenty of legroom and a bit more width than before.
are available; a 270 hp 3.5 liter V6 and a 182 hp 2.5 liter
four-cylinder that Nissan expects to account for about 90 percent of
sales. Both work with an updated, continuously variable automatic
transmission (CVT) that Nissan says has a wider "gear" ratio spread than
a traditional seven or eight-speed box.
a starting price of $22,280 all Altima's are equipped with Bluetooth
phone and audio connectivity, while the top-of-the-four-cylinder-line
the 2.5 SL adds push button ignition, power seats, dual zone climate
control, a backup camera, leather trim, a 9-speaker Bose stereo and LED
brake and turn signal lights for $28,830.
optional, as is a unique system that uses the rearview camera as a
sensor for blind spot, cross traffic and lane departure alerts by
analyzing the image for obstacles and painted lines on the road, rather
than relying on side-mounted cameras, radars and other expensive
A couple of other smart features on the 2013 Altima
include wipers that park themselves at the base of the windshield even
if you shut off the car while they are mid-swipe, a system that beeps
the horn when you've inflated the tires to their proper air pressure,
and "zero-gravity" seats designed using research developed by NASA.
last one involves shaping and padding the seats to promote a neutral
posture, which reduces pressure points and improves blood flow in an
effort to soothe your muscles and make them less susceptible to fatigue.
the comfort in the Altima is very good, and it has a ride and handling
balance that's spot-on for this type of car. It's more involving to
drive than a number of its direct competitors - the Toyota Camry and
Hyundai Sonata come to mind and offers good road feel through
nicely-weighted steering, but what's happening with fuel economy may be
even more intriguing.
The four-cylinder Altima has an EPA rating
of 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway. As if numbers like that needed
perspective, they are better than those of the "hybrid" Chevrolet Malibu
Eco, and all other conventional midsize cars. Interestingly, Nissan
isn't even using the latest direct fuel injection technology, which
means it probably left some mileage on the table that it can tap in the
Better still, while the shiftless operation of the
transmission can cause the Altima sound like a motorboat at times, it
also makes the most of the power on hand and won't leave you pining for
the V6. After all of these years the CVT, theoretically the most
efficient transmission design, may have finally been vindicated.
There's no hybrid model available this time around. With MPG ratings like that, it's easy to see why.2013 Nissan Altima
Base Price: $22,280
Type: 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine: 2.5-liter inline-4-cylinder
Power: 182 hp, 180 lb-ft torque
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
MPG: 27 city/38 hwy
find out more about the 2013 Nissan Altima please fill out the contact
form to the right and one of our sales guides will contact you or come
in to our South Portland
store to schedule a test drive.
Published July 19, 2012