12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL - Good-bye, Road-tripping Friend

By - November 8, 2013
2013 Nissan Altima Side View 02
Long-Term 2013 Nissan Altima Update - FALL 2013 (3 OF 3)
Miles to Date: 25,166
"I would like to congratulate any owner of a Nissan Altima that is equipped with a navigation system. Your nav setup is ten times better than the ones used by anyone you s"
After 25,166 miles and twelve months, our Four Seasons 2013 Nissan Altima has left us. Will we miss it? Kinda. Did we say good things about it in its last days? Definitely.
Road test editor Christopher Nelson hooked up the VBox and conducted performance testing at the Chrysler Proving Grounds. Nelson’s conclusion: “The Altima might be the perfect bracket racer -- it produced ridiculously consistent quarter-mile times during instrumented testing. That’s largely a result of its CVT.” If you’re wondering (and Altima owners almost certainly aren’t), the car’s typical quarter-mile sprint lasted 14.6 seconds and took it to a speed of 103 mph; 60 mph came in 6.3 seconds -- very good numbers for a comfortable, spacious, innocuously stylish mid-size sedan. While we’re speaking quantitatively, you should know that we averaged 26 mpg for our year with the red Nissan. That’s 1 mpg better than the EPA’s combined figure -- not bad for a bunch of leadfooted drivers. Owners who care a lot about fuel economy will be best served by the four-cylinder Altima, which is rated at 31 mpg combined (and which outsells the V-6 model by a lot).
2013 Nissan Altima Side View 02
Deputy editor Joe DeMatio enjoyed several days driving a “lovely, lovely” Jaguar XF Supercharged in Southern California, but upon his return to Michigan said this about the workaday Altima: “I would like to congratulate any owner of a Nissan Altima that is equipped with a navigation system. Your nav setup is ten times better than the ones used by anyone you see driving a Jaguar or a Range Rover. You know, those vehicles that cost anywhere from two to three to four to five times as much as your Altima.”
Associate editor Greg Migliore drove the Altima during its final weekend with us and treated it to some autumn activities in and around Detroit. “The Altima was excellent for navigating Motown traffic, offering plenty of power from the 270-hp V-6. The CVT is inoffensive, and I enjoyed playing with the paddles. The trunk easily swallowed $150 worth of groceries, which included a case of beer and two pumpkins. All in all, the Altima did exactly what it was asked.”
Migliore’s closing remarks summed up our opinion of the car: “The Altima is a nicely equipped, handsome, and practical sedan. I find it a touch boring, but that doesn’t detract from its widespread appeal and enduring practicality. If you are in the market for a mid-size sedan, the Altima is worth investigating.”
Body style 4-door sedan
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.) $30,860
As tested $32,135
Technology package $1,090 7-inch navigation display Blind spot monitoring system Lane departure warning Moving object detection
Carpeted floor mats and trunk mat $185
Engine 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement 3.5 liters (213 cu in)
Power 270 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 251 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission Continuously variable
Drive Four-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 22/31/25 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.75 turns
Turning circle 37.4 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
Wheels 18-inch aluminum
Tires Dunlop SP Sport 7000
Tire size 235/45VR-18
Headroom F/R 39.1/37.1 in
Legroom F/R 45.0/36.1 in
Shoulder room F/R 56.4/56.4 in
Wheelbase 109.3 in
Track F/R 62.0/62.0 in
L x W x H 191.5 x 72.0 x 58.1 in
Passenger capacity 100.5 cu ft
Cargo capacity 15.4 cu ft
Weight 3355 lb
Weight dist. F/R 62/38 %
Fuel capacity 18.0 gal
Est. fuel range 450 miles
Fuel grade 87 octane
STANDARD EQUIPMENT Keyless entry and ignition Power sunroof Fog lights Hands-free text messaging assistant Bluetooth Rearview camera Paddle shifters Active understeer control Heated front seats and steering wheel Cruise control 9-speaker Bose audio system SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription USB port Auto-dimming rearview mirror Automatic dual-zone climate control Leather-appointed seats Automatic HID headlights LED taillights Heated exterior mirrors

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