2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV – QUICK TAKES

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 Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®.   Also available are NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features, including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more; along with 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 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine or a proven 270-horsepower  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 and 180 lb-ft torque, 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 and 251 lb-ft of torque  

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

Six Well-Equipped Models
The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in four 2.5-litre engine equipped models, 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL, along with two 3.5-litre V6 equipped models, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL.


The Altima 2.5 S model includes 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, Nissan Intelligent Key®, six speakers, auto on/off headlights, in-cabin microfilter, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure readouts, and much more.  Altima 3.5 SV adds 18-inch wheels and tires, plus paddle shifters with manual mode.

Altima SV models include: Remote Engine Start System, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum-alloy wheels (17-inch on 2.5 SV, 18-inch on 3.5 SV), RearView Monitor, NissanConnectSM, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (SiriusXM™ subscription required, sold separately), 5.0-inch color audio display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Hands-Free Messaging Assistant and more.  The 3.5 SV also adds a moonroof, fog lights and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.

Altima SL models include leather-appointed seating, BOSE® Premium Audio System with nine speakers (including woofers), 8-way power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, LED taillights, LED outside mirror turn signals, premium interior trim, , auto dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and more.

Two options packages are available: a Navigation Package (SV) and Technology Package (SL).


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

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