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2013 Nissan Altima Sedan's Pros, Cons,
Prices And How To Get The
Best Out-The-Door Deal

(See Also: "The Ultimate Nissan Altima Negotiation Secret")

This year's Altima was on the receiving end of a total redesign. It's not that the last version had glaring deficiencies, however, because it was already solidly among the family sedan segment leaders. Instead, the newest Altima has simply improved to a still higher standard.

Both inside and out, there's a new and more upscale overall look and feel. And under the skin, mechanical revisions and tweaks have boosted both its fuel efficiency as well as its already impressive road manners. It really does possess more refinement and ability than the traditional family sedan.

Car: 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL sedan

But before making a final buying decision, it's best to review both its strong attributes as well as its weaker potential problem areas. And if one decides to proceed with a purchase, it's also best to have a rock-solid plan for getting the absolute lowest price possible.

Before going into more detail below, the Altima's overall positives can be summarized to include its capable yet composed handling, good fuel economy (particularly with the four-cylinder engine), strong brakes and comfortable, attractive and solidly-constructed cabin. On the downside, its overall negatives would include its tight rear headroom for taller passengers, a somewhat noisy four-cylinder engine when pushed and optional technology features that add up fast.


Capable and Composed Handling:

The Altima already had an excellent reputation as one of the best handling family sedans. Even so, this area was improved still further with a revised steering system as well as a retuned rear suspension. The result is steering that is even more precise and responsive, while the vehicle displays additional body motion control and better cornering. This improved athleticism hasn't sacrificed overall ride quality either as the driving experience remains smooth and comfortable with little road and wind noise.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is also about as good as it gets in this segment and readily generates enough power to satisfy during typical everyday driving situations. The new continously variable transmission (CVT) is also a good one that seamlessly handles its chores (although it can be a bit noisy on the four-cylinder at full-throttle ... see below). The 3.5-liter V6 is a great match with the CVT due to its higher torque and combined they produce some of the fastest acceleration times in the segment.

Good Fuel Economy:

It's the significantly reworked CVT that gave a nice boost to the Nissan Altima's fuel economy. The four-cylinder's EPA-estimated gas mileage of 27 mpg city and 38 mpg on the highway is best in class. And even though the new Altima 3.5 can sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, making it one of the fastest family sedans, its gas mileage performance is still very good for a V6, coming in at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

Strong Brakes:

In performance tests, the 2013 Altima 3.5 came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressive 114 feet, 10 fewer than the average family sedan.

Car: 2013 Nissan Altima interior

Comfortable, Attractive and Well-Built Cabin:

The previous Altima had a perfectly appropriate and adequate cabin, although perhaps a bit bland. The newly redesigned interior is edgier and more attractive, with more comfortable seating as well as softer-touch materials. Its overall look and feel is decidedly more upscale, while the materials quality has also been upgraded (there are still some hard plastics remaining, but no more than what is typical in this segment).

Also of note are the very comfortable, supportive and specially engineered "zero gravity" front seats. Designed with assistance from NASA research, they're built to relieve common pressure points and upgrade the accommodations markedly, a feature that will be especially appreciated on longer trips.


Tight Rear Headroom:

Despite its many interior improvements, the new Altima still has an old negative: rear headroom that can be tight for taller passengers. One aspect unchanged this year is the actual vehicle size. Another contributing factor stems from one of its positives: its sleek and attractive, but downsloping, roof line. The result is modest headroom as well as average legroom.

Four-Cylinder Noise:

The new Altima 2.5 is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a fairly lively 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Mated with a generally good CVT, the power is capably sent to the front wheels. However, when accelerating hard at full-throttle this combination elevates engine noise. This likely isn't a deal breaker for most shoppers, but some may find it bothersome. So, test drive with this in mind. This is not an issue with the V6 due to its higher torque.

Tech Options Add Up Fast:

Optional high-tech packages such as the Navigation package (navigation, a 7-inch in-dash monitor and steering wheel controls) and the Technology package (includes the navigation system plus electronic safety features such as blind-spot warning, cross-traffic and lane-departure warning systems) are pricey and quickly inflate the purchase price. It should also be noted that these packages are not available on the 2.5 or 2,5 S models.


The 2013 Nissan Altima offers a lot more in terms of positive qualities than it does shortcomings. It's definitely worthy of serious consideration by car buyers in the family sedan market, especially those who place a higher value on driving dynamics. Many feel it has surpassed the perennial class leaders: the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Other strong choices to compare it to would include the Kia Optima, the Hyundai Sonata, the Mazda6 and the Volkswagen Passat.

The new Nissan Altima has clearly elevated its standing as one of the best family sedans out there.

How To Get The Lowest Price:

Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best, bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.

Not only is this doable, it's also quite easy ... much easier than most car buyers can possibly imagine and done right from the comfort of your own home or office. Here's the details on exactly how to get the lowest price on a new Nissan Altima with no obligation.

Good luck and all the best,


2013 Nissan Altima Invoice
And Sticker Prices:

    Model Invoice Price Sticker Price
    2.5 $20,114 $21,500
    2.5 S $20,577 $22,500
    2.5 SV $22,036 $24,100
    3.5 S $23,185 $25,360
    3.5 SV $25,394 $27,780
    2.5 SL $25,640 $28,050
    3.5 SL $27,492 $30,080

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