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New York 2012: 2013 Nissan Altima


William Maley
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 3, 2012

Nissan was planning to show off the new 2013 Altima tomorrow at the New York Auto Show. But the internet struck once again, releasing pictures and information about it.

The new Altima borrows a lot of styling from the larger Maxima. Sharp lines, more aggressive front fascia, large headlights pulled back over the fenders, short decklid, and angular boomerang taillamps finish the look.

Inside the Altima, the cabin presents a clean, simpledesign with what looks to be an easy-to-navigate center stack and an organized instrument cluster. The instrument cluster also includes a four-inch color TFT display in between the speedometer and tachometer, that displays turn-by-turn navigation,blind spot monitoring, tire pressure, audio data, trip information and other things.

Powertrain wise, the Altima is still offered with a four-cylinder and V6. The base 2.5L four-cylinder gets some improvements in the form of a magnesium oil pan, variable low intake manifold, and a new alternator. Those changes up horsepower from 175 to 182, while torque stands at 180 lb-ft. The 3.5L V6 carries over with 270 HP and 258 lb-ft. Both engines go through a CVT transmission.

Fuel economy on the Altima stands at:
2.5L four: 27 City/38 Highway
3.5L V6: 22 City/30 Highway

Nissan has also put the 2013 Altima on diet. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2013 model is 79 lbs lighter. That's due to Nissan using lightweight materials including an aluminum hood.

As for the driving experience, Nissan says new Altima will be much more of a driver's car than the outgoing model thanks to new multi-link rear suspension setup and a feature called Active Understeer Control. Active Understeer Control brakes the front wheels to reduce understeer while cornering.

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I may be a little biased since I drive one, but I like it...ALOT! I hope that they release another coupe, and it's as good looking as the sedan.
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I like this a lot, and I don't care much for the current car. 38 mpg is amazing for a non-hybrid regular mid size sedan, beating out the Sonata by 3 mpg.

I like the interior too, it is simple and nicely laid out, has a bit of Infiniti feel with the wood trim. Some of these new interiors are so busy and chaotic, I like this and the Passat for being luxurious for the class, but easy to understand also.
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Does seem pretty nice, up there with the new Fusion.
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It's certainly a very attractive design
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Can't say I'm a fan of the front fascia. It looks like someone fired up a Xerox machine, set it to 200 percent, and copied the hell out of the grille from the Versa.
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Looks like the new Lexus grills.
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H'mmm a boring smaller and slower version of the boring Maxima. Was a fan for certain models of the Maxima, but over the years I just have not gotten an Excitement vibe from the Maxima and the same here, no Excitement vibe from the Altima.

Just another Baby boomer car.
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like it, a decent evolution, the interior bland but in a salable way, love the mpg.
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