The Good The 2013 Nissan Altima exhibits excellent ride quality, and its continuously variable transmission contributes greatly to fuel efficiency. The available navigation system includes Google search for business addresses.
The Bad The new Altima does not take advantage of newer, more efficient engine technologies. The base-level voice command only controls the phone system.
The Bottom Line Larger than you would expect for a midsize sedan, the 2013 Nissan Altima offers distinctive ride quality and some surprising available cabin tech, but engine choices slip behind the tech curve.
Nissan supersizes the new Altima
If the 2013 Nissan Altima sets a new standard for the midsize sedan, a full-size sedan must now be the length of a stretch limo. The new Altima is big, really big, almost an inch longer than the. Either those models are swapping places in the Nissan lineup, or the next Maxima is going to be a boat.
I never liked the trend of subsequent generations of car models getting bigger and bigger. However, when comparison-shopping some buyers will appreciate that type of bang for the buck. Certainly the cabin offers a generous amount of space.
The new Altima comes in trims ranging from a base model to SL, and with a choice of two engine options, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6. CNET's car was the top-trim 3.5 SL. The car comes very well-equipped at this level, with only navigation remaining an option. Oddly, our SL was not optioned with the $1,090 navigation package.