May 06, 2013
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $32,135; 3.5-liter DOHC, 24-valve V6 engine, Xtronic CVT, active understeer control, technology package
Likes

There’s a lot to like about this car. Although you won’t win any “Hey, look at me” awards with the exterior styling, the interior is where most of your driving time and focus is spent. Our Charcoal Leather-appointed test vehicle came with too many creature comforts to name, but my favorites include the BOSE premium audio system, power moonroof, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, 5-inch color display, 7-inch display nav system and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Engine performance is more than adequate for a daily driver, especially at this price point. Brakes are stable with just the right pedal feel, even under harder braking needs.

Dislikes

While accelerating on a large-radius freeway onramp, the suspension did not feel firmly planted. Aside from that, not much to dislike about this updated Altima.

Verdict

You get a lot for the money with Nissan’s 2013 Altima 3.5 SL: A responsive 3.5-liter V6, a surprisingly non-annoying CVT with paddles, very comfortable cockpit with gauges well laid-out and controls easy to navigate and use. It includes features that are normally found on higher-priced vehicles in it’s segment. I would definately put this Altima in my garage as a daily driver.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 270 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 258 @ 4,400 rpm
EPA Mileage 22/31

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