2013 Nissan Altima Sedan

At a Glance: 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan

As the second best-selling car among all nameplates in the United States in 2011, the Nissan Altima has come a long way in the 20 years since it was first introduced. Now, with the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design - the most innovative Altima yet - Nissan promises to shake up the mid-size sedan segment again with the most engaging, innovative and stylish vehicle in its class.

Among the 2013 Altima's many attributes are a targeted best-in-segment* fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine), new premium exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials, and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and a fun-to-drive demeanor with projected best-level acceleration.

Building on Nissan's "Innovation for All" philosophy, the new Altima also offers standard NissanConnectSM integrated smartphone connectivity with standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, and available Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Pandora®, real-time POIs Powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-car, Easy Fill Tire Alert, and next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems.

Dynamic performance is provided by a choice of a redesigned 182-horsepower (est.) 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine or a proven 270-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6, with both engines matched with standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). Altima's next-generation CVT reflects Nissan's more than 20 years of engineering and development leadership with its smooth, fuel-efficient design. Altima's redesigned 4-wheel independent suspension features segment-first Active Understeer Control for refined feel and responsive handling.

The premium interior design looks and feels a class above, with new NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" front seats, available leather appointments, and a new standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster that integrates key information - including available navigation, text messaging notification and audio data - right in front of the driver.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in seven well-equipped models to meet a range of customer needs and budgets: Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL. The new Altima is assembled in the United States.

Highlights of the 2013 Nissan Altima include:


  • Premium, emotional Altima design that looks "a class above," achieved in part by deep-draw stamping techniques that allow for complex surfacing
  • Wide aggressive stance, sloping rear roofline, deep fenders, high trunk, and small wheel opening gaps - providing premium proportions and silhouette
  • Large black-painted grille with chrome surround
  • Projector-type halogen headlights; available High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights (3.5 SL)
  • Available auto on/off headlights with two-stage function, windshield wiper interface (turns on lights when wipers are in use)
  • Available fog lights
  • Chrome door handles, door waist molding, door sash molding and trunk finisher
  • Available LED taillights (2.5 SL, 3.5 SL)
  • Available heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • 0.299 coefficient of drag
  • Eight available exterior colors - Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Saharan Stone, Metallic Slate, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Pearl White and Storm Blue

Engines and Driveline

  • 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with 182 horsepower (est.) and 180 lb-ft torque (est.), with projected best-level acceleration and targeted best-in-class fuel economy of 38 mpg highway
  • Available 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 270 horsepower (est.) and 258 lb-ft of torque (est.)
  • Standard next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) designed for fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation - up to 40 percent friction reduction (versus previous design) for improved fuel economy; features the widest gear ratio range in the segment
  • Column-mounted paddle shifters with manual mode on 3.5-liter V6 models

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Advanced "D" platform featuring low NVH, low engine mounting position
  • Independent strut front suspension with advanced geometry, equal-length half shafts that are almost parallel to the ground - reducing torque steer
  • New independent rear multilink suspension design with improved toe angle control and improved camber angle control, maximizes interior volume while improving dynamic performance and comfort
  • Standard Active Understeer Control
  • Premium ZF SACHS shock absorbers, designed for secure cornering feel and comfortable ride
  • Standard front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Electronic Hydraulic Power-Assisted Steering (EHPS)
  • Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels with full-wheel covers with 215/60R16 all-season tires (2.5, 2.5 S)
  • Available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 all-season tires (2.5 SV, 2.5 SL)
  • Available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/45R18 all-season tires (3.5 S, 3.5 SV, 3.5 SL)

Interior Features

  • Upscale interior with premium materials and craftsmanship
  • Five-passenger seating with 6-way adjustable driver's/4-way front passenger's adjustable bucket seats, 60/40 split folding rear bench seat with armrest
  • NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" front seats that help relieve pressure points no matter what the body type
  • Available 8-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support
  • Available heated front seats and heated steering wheel
  • Crafted interior feel with refined workmanship, extensive use of soft materials (such as deeply padded armrests) and chrome finish accents
  • Fine Vision meter cluster
  • Standard cloth seating, Piano Black interior trim with chrome finish accents
  • Available leather-appointed seats and trim
  • Available premium interior trim - wood tone trim finishers for Blond interior, metallic texture finishers with Charcoal interior
  • Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display with 4.0-inch high-resolution color display nestled in the instrument cluster
  • AM/FM/CD with RDS, MP3 and aux-in, four speakers
  • Available AM/FM/CD with RDS, MP3 and aux-in, six speakers and 5.0-inch color audio display
  • Available BOSE® Premium Audio System with nine speakers (including woofers)
  • Available NissanConnectSM featuring 5.0-inch color audio display, USB port with iPod connectivity, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (SiriusXM™ subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Nissan NissanConnectSM with Navigation, which includes NissanConnectSM features plus a 7.0-inch VGA color display, turn-by-turn navigation integration into Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display and steering wheel-mounted navigation controls
  • Available Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with Voice Recognition and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Push Button Ignition
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key™ with available Remote Engine Start System
  • Power windows with driver's side auto up/down and auto reverse feature, available front passenger-side auto up/down and auto reverse feature
  • Dual front (center console) and rear (armrest) cupholders, front and rear door map pockets with bottle holders
  • Two 12-volt DC power outlets (in armrest storage and front console)
  • Power door locks with auto locking feature
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Available power sliding glass moonroof
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver


  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
  • Driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Zone Body construction
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Easy Fill Tire Alert

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in seven models: Altima 2.5, Altima 2.5 S, Altima 2.5 SV, Altima 2.5 SL, Altima 3.5 S, Altima 3.5 SV and Altima 3.5 SL
  • Assembled by Nissan North America -Smyrna & Decherd, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi manufacturing

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*Fuel economy comparison against internal combustion gasoline engine-equipped mid-size sedans. Excludes hybrid and diesel models.