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    Quick Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima SL


    Drew Dowdell
    • September 27th, 2012

      Drew Dowdell - Managing Editor

      CheersandGears.com

    Is there a more hotly contested automotive segment than the mid-size family sedan market? Every year it seems there is a new darling in this slot and after this year’s media dominance by the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata, Nissan has released its answer to the duo from Korea. Nissan knows that gas prices are foremost on American’s minds these days and with weight being the biggest enemy of fuel economy, responded by dropping the weight on the already light-weight Altima by 80 lbs. while increasing interior space in nearly every dimension. This, combined with some aggressively frugal “gear” ratios in the Altima’s CVT transmission and the addition of direct injection to the 4-cylinder allows for an impressive 38mpg highway and 27 mpg city. They achieved this number without resorting to hybrid technology or turbo chargers. This leads me to believe there is more fuel economy to found in this platform is Nissan decides to start including any or all of those technologies in the Altima.

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    During the IMPA test days, I drove a 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL. Inside, the Altima has a simple yet handsome interior that feels light and airy even in the charcoal color I sampled. The front seats are excellent and would feel at home in a sports luxury car. The instrument panel gauges have an attractive 3D depth to them and look like an expensive watch; pictures don’t do justice here. Unfortunately, Nissan equipped the Altima with a poorly located foot activated parking brake that I kept catching my sneaker on. The Altima is still a car with a low entry price point, so much of the dash and door panels are made up of hard plastic, but Nissan disguises it well and a few of the controls are in an odd location just above the driver’s left knee, but otherwise the layout is simple and straight forward. Nissan just took over the NYC Taxi cab market with their NV200 but the Altima’s rear seat room felt so huge and the trunk is even larger, that they could aim for the Town Car market with this car as well.

    In normal city driving, the CVT keeps the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder low in the RPM band, ostensibly for fuel economy reasons, but the other hidden reason for this is that the 2.5 gets rather unrefined the higher it climbs in RPM. This isn’t my first run-in with Nissan 4-cylinders making quite a racket, and I suspect the reason Nissan has gotten away with a rather unrefined 4-cylinder for so long is due to their excellent CVT transmissions keeping the engine calm.

    Over the road, you can feel the lightness of the platform in the corners. Cornering is sharp, but the car feels slightly nose heavy. Noise isolation was another sore spot for me with excess tire and engine noise intruding into the cabin.

    Nissan’s 2013 Altima has all of the basics down to take on the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima as well as the Accord and Camry, but some work to refine the engine and additional power train choices would make it a stronger contender in this competitive market.

    The full gallery of pictures from the IMPA Test days is located here and will continue to be built as quick drive reviews are added:

    Year: 2013

    Make: Nissan

    Model: Altima

    Trim: 2.5 SL

    Engine: 2.5 Liter 4-cylinder with Direct Injection

    Driveline: Front wheel drive, Constantly-Variable Transmission

    Horsepower @ RPM: 182 @ 6000 RPM

    Torque @ RPM: 180 @ 4000 RPM

    Fuel Economy: City/Highway: 27/38

    Location of Manufacture: Smyrna & Decherd, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi

    Base Price: $21,500

    Est. As Tested Price: $29,920

    Drew Dowdell is Managing Editor of CheersandGears.com and can be reached at Drew.Dowdell@CheersandGears.com or on twitter as @cheersngears

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    Sorry but at only 15.4 cu. ft. the trunk is no where near Town Car big and there is an additional power train choice in the 270 HP 3.5 V6 which achieves 22/31 MPG for this car which a 4 MPG improvement on the highway figure.

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    38 - 31 = 7mpg.

    NYC Towncars rarely use every last cubic foot of their trunk space. The Altima's trunk space while smaller is flat floor, square sides and large opening, perfect for big square luggage. My implication was that the trunk in the Altima and the back seats were plenty big to pull off executive airport run duty. I was not implying they were the same size.

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    Looking at the pictures you posted, it would seem it would make a solid commuter car or as you pointed out Olds a good Airport Run Exec car.

    Over all I get this bland simplistic look when I look at the interior photo's.

    I would pass on this as I do on anything Asian made due to being too small for me. I know you cannot get 4 6'6" tall adults in this car.

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    Looking at the pictures you posted, it would seem it would make a solid commuter car or as you pointed out Olds a good Airport Run Exec car.

    Over all I get this bland simplistic look when I look at the interior photo's.

    I would pass on this as I do on anything Asian made due to being too small for me. I know you cannot get 4 6'6" tall adults in this car.

    The interior is much nicer in person than in photos, there are small details that I just can't capture.... it does feel slightly more upscale than your regular mid-sizer.

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    The interior is pretty decent, quite a bit better than the previous generation which was almost like an uplevel Pontiac G6.

    The handling was good for its class.. Low weight helped make it funner than I expected.

    Still not used to the acceleration from stop of of CVT.

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    Trying to think if the cube's 1.8L four made quite the racket when I had it for the week..

    Really want to get a Altima in for a evaluation, since its one of the vehicles my dad is considering

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    Sorry but at only 15.4 cu. ft. the trunk is no where near Town Car big and there is an additional power train choice in the 270 HP 3.5 V6 which achieves 22/31 MPG for this car which a 4 MPG improvement on the highway figure.

    38 - 31 = 7mpg.

    NYC Towncars rarely use every last cubic foot of their trunk space. The Altima's trunk space while smaller is flat floor, square sides and large opening, perfect for big square luggage. My implication was that the trunk in the Altima and the back seats were plenty big to pull off executive airport run duty. I was not implying they were the same size.

    I just realized what you were replying to when quoting the 3.5 V6. Yes, that is true they have the 3.5, but they still don't have as many engine choices as the main competition. In the Sonata and Optima, there are a range of 4-cylinder engines with or without direct injection, with or without turbos, with or without hybrids. In the Camry, there is the base 4, the hybrid, and the V6. The Fusion... I'm not even sure anymore, but they have a bunch. The Altima is limited to one 4-cylinder, one V6, one transmission.

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    I just realized what you were replying to when quoting the 3.5 V6. Yes, that is true they have the 3.5, but they still don't have as many engine choices as the main competition. In the Sonata and Optima, there are a range of 4-cylinder engines with or without direct injection, with or without turbos, with or without hybrids. In the Camry, there is the base 4, the hybrid, and the V6. The Fusion... I'm not even sure anymore, but they have a bunch. The Altima is limited to one 4-cylinder, one V6, one transmission.

    Fusion engine lineup as follows (all of them fours):

    • 2.5L - 175 HP, 175 lb-ft
    • 1.6L EcoBoost - 178 HP, 184 lb-ft
    • 2.0L EcoBoost - 240 HP, 270 lb-ft

    All come with automatics, 1.6L is the only one with a six-speed manual.

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    I just realized what you were replying to when quoting the 3.5 V6. Yes, that is true they have the 3.5, but they still don't have as many engine choices as the main competition. In the Sonata and Optima, there are a range of 4-cylinder engines with or without direct injection, with or without turbos, with or without hybrids. In the Camry, there is the base 4, the hybrid, and the V6. The Fusion... I'm not even sure anymore, but they have a bunch. The Altima is limited to one 4-cylinder, one V6, one transmission.

    Fusion engine lineup as follows (all of them fours):

    • 2.5L - 175 HP, 175 lb-ft
    • 1.6L EcoBoost - 178 HP, 184 lb-ft
    • 2.0L EcoBoost - 240 HP, 270 lb-ft

    All come with automatics, 1.6L is the only one with a six-speed manual.

    + Hybrid

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    i wanted to get around to stroking someone to test this today, but really i cannot get amped over this car. It looks like Altima 3.0. I like the new mpg. But overall it looks on the surface to be sedate.

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    I test drove one a few months back and was really impressed by it. It's definitely not my sort of car--it's too big, bland, and mainstream--but its practicality, efficiency, and functionality are undeniable. It's the sort of car I'd recommend to my parents.

    The CVT does an excellent job keeping the revs low around town. The seats are heavenly. It's got a ton of space, apart from rear headroom.

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    I just realized what you were replying to when quoting the 3.5 V6. Yes, that is true they have the 3.5, but they still don't have as many engine choices as the main competition. In the Sonata and Optima, there are a range of 4-cylinder engines with or without direct injection, with or without turbos, with or without hybrids. In the Camry, there is the base 4, the hybrid, and the V6. The Fusion... I'm not even sure anymore, but they have a bunch. The Altima is limited to one 4-cylinder, one V6, one transmission.

    Fusion engine lineup as follows (all of them fours):

    • 2.5L - 175 HP, 175 lb-ft
    • 1.6L EcoBoost - 178 HP, 184 lb-ft
    • 2.0L EcoBoost - 240 HP, 270 lb-ft

    All come with automatics, 1.6L is the only one with a six-speed manual.

    + Hybrid

    Plus unlike most asian or euro engines, Fords at least have Torque equal to the HP or greater to make the auto's move.

    I personally think the American Auto Industry is going into another golden age of excellent Engineering. Just need to make sure Marketing gets the message out. :D

    I test drove one a few months back and was really impressed by it. It's definitely not my sort of car--it's too big, bland, and mainstream--but its practicality, efficiency, and functionality are undeniable. It's the sort of car I'd recommend to my parents.

    The CVT does an excellent job keeping the revs low around town. The seats are heavenly. It's got a ton of space, apart from rear headroom.

    Deal killer for me and my family, if you cannot get at least 4 6'6" tall people in the car comfy, it will not fly.

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      9.6





      Sentra



      18,536



      18,511



      0.1



      141,550



      124,412



      13.8





      Cube



      0



      52



      -100.0



      15



      842



      -98.2





      Altima



      24,949



      33,842



      -26.3



      197,644



      205,873



      -4.0





      Maxima



      5,990



      4,175



      43.5



      36,743



      18,680



      96.7





      LEAF



      1,063



      1,174



      -9.5



      6,856



      10,990



      -37.6





      Juke



      1,568



      2,347



      -33.2



      14,124



      16,994



      -16.9





      370Z



      722



      673



      7.3



      3,702



      4,674



      -20.8





      GT-R



      52



      66



      -21.2



      367



      826



      -55.6





      Total Car



      64,736



      70,789



      -8.6



      485,318



      460,195



      5.5





      Frontier



      7,244



      4,194



      72.7



      52,255



      38,999



      34.0





      Titan



      1,143



      1,126



      1.5



      7,242



      7,175



      0.9





      Xterra



      0



      1,196



      -100.0



      36



      8,114



      -99.6





      Pathfinder



      5,530



      7,802



      -29.1



      45,289



      49,740



      -8.9





      Armada



      606



      878



      -31.0



      5,857



      8,067



      -27.4





      Rogue



      33,298



      25,081



      32.8



      182,181



      160,478



      13.5





      Murano



      6,271



      5,459



      14.9



      45,764



      33,934



      34.9





      Quest



      712



      895



      -20.4



      9,519



      6,295



      51.2





      NV



      1,510



      1,526



      -1.0



      10,557



      9,712



      8.7





      NV200



      1,480



      1,493



      -0.9



      11,648



      9,933



      17





      Total Truck



      57,794



      49,650



      16.4



      370,348



      332,447



      11.4





      INFINITI



      JULY



      JULY



      Monthly



      CYTD



      CYTD



      CYTD





       



      2016



      2015



      % chg



      2016



      2015



      % chg





      Infiniti Total



      9,945



      10,433



      -4.7



      74,923



      74,713



      0.3





      Infiniti Q40



      1



      407



      -99.8



      59



      8,084



      -99.3





      Infiniti Q50



      2,805



      3,807



      -26.3



      23,059



      24,207



      -4.7





      Infiniti Q60



      62



      319



      -80.6



      747



      2,611



      -71.4





      Infiniti Q70



      507



      572



      -11.4



      3,654



      5,056



      -27.7





      Infiniti QX50



      1,360



      182



      647.3



      9,984



      1,614



      518.6





      Infiniti QX60



      3,701



      3,760



      -1.6



      24,673



      21,538



      14.6





      Infiniti QX70



      242



      310



      -21.9



      3,416



      3,201



      6.7





      Infiniti QX80



      1,267



      1,076



      17.8



      9,331



      8,402



      11.1





      Total Car



      3,375



      5,105



      -33.9



      27,519



      39,958



      -31.1





      Total Truck



      6,570



      5,328



      23.3



      47,404



      34,755



      36.4





      NISSAN GROUP



      JULY



      JULY



      Monthly



      CYTD



      CYTD



      CYTD





       



      2016



      2015



      % chg



      2016



      2015



      % chg





      TOTAL VEHICLE



      132,475



      130,872



      1.2



      930,589



      867,355



      7.3





      Total Car



      68,111



      75,894



      -10.3



      512,837



      500,153



      2.5





      Total Truck



      64,364



      54,978



      17.1



      417,752



      367,202



      13.8





      Selling days



      26



      26



       



      178



      178



       





       

      # # #

    • By William Maley
      For the first time ever, Nissan will be offering a single cab variant of the Titan and Titan XD models.
       
      The Titan regular cab measures out to the same length as the crew cab (228.1 inches) and uses the same wheelbase length (139.8 inches). The Titan XD regular cab is about a foot shorter than the XD crew cab (231 vs. 242.8 inches). Both models will get an eight-foot bed.
       
      Both the Titan and Titan XD will feature a 5.6L V8 with 390 horsepower paired with a seven-speed automatic. The Titan XD will also get a 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel V8 with 390 horsepower. The Titan will get a V6 engine, though specs on this engine will be announced later.
       
      Here is how the Titan regular cabs stack up in terms of payload and towing,
      Titan: Maximum Payload - 1,930 pounds, Maximum Towing - 9,730 pounds Titan XD: Maximum Payload - 2,910 pounds, Maximum Towing - 12,640 pounds

      Nissan says the Titan and Titan XD regular cabs will go on sale later this fall. Both models will be offered in the S and SV trims.
       
      Source: Nissan
       

       
      Press Release is on Page 2


       
      Nissan TITAN full-size pickup line-up expands for 2017 with the addition of new TITAN Single Cab model
      New TITAN XD and TITAN Single Cabs join currently available TITAN XD and TITAN Crew Cabs at Nissan dealerships in late fall First single cab in TITAN history, offers Nissan durability and innovation in ideal fleet/work truck configuration Equipped with choice of advanced Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel (XD) or Nissan's new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engines (XD and TITAN) Available in two entry grade levels and choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drive Integral part of Nissan's "Year of the Truck" – celebration of Nissan's new TITAN lineup, Armada, Pathfinder and more throughout 2016.

      CARMEL, Calif. – The next chapter of Nissan's "Year of the Truck" was unveiled today with a sneak peek of the latest members of the TITAN full-size pickup family – the 2017 TITAN XD and TITAN Single Cab models. The first-ever single cab offering in TITAN history, the new trucks are designed to provide an affordable and rugged entry-point in the commercial fleet/work truck market. The Single Cab is the second of three eventual TITAN body configurations, joining the current Crew Cab and future King Cab. The Single Cab models are scheduled to go on sale in late fall 2016.
       
      "Once we complete the roll-out of all TITAN cab, bed, powertrain and grade level configurations, our all-new TITAN family will cover about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace," said Rich Miller, director of Product Planning for Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. and chief product specialist for TITAN and TITAN XD. "More importantly, the TITAN XD and TITAN single cabs will have the power, torque, heavy duty chassis and durability demanded by today's demanding worksites – including the highest towing capacities and payloads in the lineup."
       
      TITAN will ultimately be available in a total of three cabs, three bed lengths, three engines, 4x4 and 4x2 drive and S, SV, SL, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve trim levels. The new single cab will be offered in both TITAN XD and TITAN configurations, with both versions sharing the same cab dimensions and 8.0-foot pickup beds but completely separate fully boxed ladder frame chassis.
       
      The TITAN XD Single Cab, like the TITAN XD Crew Cab, will be offered in a choice of two engines – the Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque; and the 5.6-liter Endurance V8, rated at 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. The TITAN Single Cab, with about a foot shorter wheelbase, will be offered initially with the new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 (a V6 engine will be available at a later date). Diesel equipped models feature an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission and V8 gasoline engine equipped versions will utilize a 7-speed automatic transmission.
       
      Along with a choice of 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations, two grade levels will be available with both TITAN XD and TITAN Single Cabs – S and SV, along with a number of optional equipment packages.
       
      "The new Single Cab takes TITAN into new territory, bringing the innovative design and bed utility that TITAN has been known for to a wider base of commercial use buyers," added Miller.
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