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).
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.”