The 2013 Nissan Altima's all-new exterior design starts with its wide, aggressive stance and dramatic front end styling. The new Altima's interior defies midsize sedan convention, rivaling upscale luxury sedans in ambience and sophistication.
Like the exterior, there is a premium look and feel -- from the driver's side cockpit to the front passenger and rear seating areas -- with extensive use of upscale, soft-touch materials and craftsman-like attention to detail.
A choice of two proven Altima powerplants -- the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 -- are offered for the new model year.
The 2.5-liter engine is redesigned to be lighter and more efficient. Horsepower is increased to estimated 182 hp (from 175 hp), while torque remains the same at 180 lb-ft. The advanced, award-winning 3.5-liter V6 remains rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Helping increase fuel economy with both engines is the next-generation Xtronic CVT. A full 70 percent of the parts have been redesigned and internal friction reduced by up to 40 percent. It also features new control logic and expanded gear ratio coverage, which helps reduce noise and fuel consumption while improving drivability and responsiveness.
The 2013 Altima is the first Nissan vehicle to offer NissanConnectSM, which offers Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, along with available integrated Hands-Free Messaging Assistant, Pandora integration, USB connection for iPod interface and other compatible devices and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.