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2013 Nissan Altima Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Nissan Altima 2013 2.5 SL Tech by arielz

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Reviewed: 2013 Nissan Altima

4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4 CVT FWD

Why the 2013 Nissan Altima?

Front seat support & comfort

The seats are very comfortable, I would have been happy if both the driver and passenger were electronic. The lumbar support is fantastic and the driver seats is 8-way adjustable. For tall people this car will be a great ride.

Audio & nav systems

The tech package is great to have, I basically compared it to the Infiniti M37 and came back with a very close second. you get the lane departure, blind spot and rear obstruction as well as a really well built interface and screen. The heated seats and steering will be a greatly appreciated in the cold NE weather. In addition, there is a well placed console place for your PDA, smartphones and a cover/slot with USB. The arm rest comes with a charger port and plenty of space as well. Mate your phone with blutetooth and the Google Points with Pandora and you've got a solid entertainment.

Interior styling

The interior of the S is very competitive, when you push up to the SL then you get all the leather and the amazing seat that Nissan has marketed about. I like the fact there is enough headroom and the material used is very pleasing to the eyes and easy to clean when required. I don't see many places that would be a pita to clean.

Powertrain performance

Nissan has a positive history with CVTs and this is the first one I've ever owned. I drove an older model Altima with CVT and I was really surprised by the speed, agility and mileage. The new model improves on the older model in many ways, it takes a little getting used to w/o the gear changing you are used to with traditional transmissions but that's where the difference ends for me. I came from a Turbo charged VW and I like the smoothness and basically big sell for a parent/road warrior car.

Fuel economy

If you have a 60/40 city-hwy, then you are better off with a hybrid or in this instance a fuel sipper. The car is large, nimble with the power assist and light due to the re-design. I am averaging about 30mpg and if my hwy gets more, I am expecting a 36mpg. This is very much inline with the advertisements by Nissan.

Why Not the 2013 Nissan Altima?

Rear seat room & comfort

Kids in the back seat love the limoesque space. I do enjoy anchor locks and the well placed seat belts. There is definitely some intelligent design and practice into everything and anything in this car.

Materials & workmanship

Being a big car, I can't help but shake the feeling the car is 'thin' in sheet metal. It's probably going to take some getting used to, but quality is top notch, no loose cables, rattling or misaligned pieces.

Reliability & durability

To early to tell, but so far so good.

Discounts & incentives

If you apply with Nissan, there will be a $500 off the purchase price. The Tier 0 is 2.99% I believe?

Safety & braking

The lane and blind side warning are great on the 2.5 SL with Tech. If it gets too much, you can turn it off with a press of a button, no fangled 3 layer deep menu like BMW or others.

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