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What kind of car is the 2023 Nissan Altima? What does it compare to?
It’s a four-door, five-seat sedan that squares off against perennial favorites like the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and Honda Accord.
Is the 2023 Nissan Altima a good car?
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In terms of safety and value, it has few peers. Performance is mild, and a thrifty base model doesn’t help it in its TCC Rating of 6.5 out of 10. Still, it’s a solid mid-pack performer. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Nissan Altima?
A revamped front end, a larger infotainment touchscreen, standard LED headlights, and more widely available safety features mark the 2023 edition of Nissan’s mid-size sedan. It’s sold this year in S, SV, SR, SL, and SR VC-Turbo versions.
Lean is a key way to understand the current Altima, starting with a body that’s been shorn of some of the fat of the previous generation. Weighing in at about 3,200 pounds in base trim, the Altima’s shredded for a car of its size—and it likes to show it off, from the deep V-necked grille to the pronounced shoulders, to the roof pillar trim that looks like a pair of Oakleys. The body speaks bro, but the cabin doesn’t: it’s a conservative place to retreat among its high center console and its new wide-screen infotainment, at least on the most expensive versions. On lesser models it’s less polished, and more plain.
Base cars also get a 188-hp 4-cylinder coupled to a CVT and front-wheel drive. It’s as much as it needs to get the job done, but no more—just like the base engine in the rival Sonata. It has stamina but not much speed, and its belt-and-pulley transmission acts like an automatic, only slower. Step up to the turbo-4 and the Altima gets a little more interesting, but it’s no transformation. In any case the Altima puts its best efforts into its absorbent ride and its excellent gas mileage, at leasts in base versions.
The Altima can seat up to five passengers, with space for 6-footers in the four usual spots and a smaller person in the middle back. The trunk’s sized for at least a few roll-aboards, and top trims have a quality feel that’s muted in base Altimas by the dark trim and the confining, tall center console. Every Altima we’ve driven has had very supportive front seats, by the way.
The IIHS and the NHTSA give kudos to the Altima with Top Safety Pick+ and five-star awards, and all versions have blind-spot monitors and automatic emergency braking. Most models can be fitted with ProPilot, Nissan’s driver-assist system which grafts adaptive cruise control and active lane control to allow short bursts of hands-free driving, accompanied by lots of audible alerts we’d rather mute.
How much does the 2023 Nissan Altima cost?
Prices for 2023 haven’t been set, but the base Altima S should cost about $26,000. It has automatic emergency braking but lacks AppleCarPlay and Android Auto. Most shoppers should look at the slightly more expensive Altima SV for its superior infotainment.
Where is the 2023 Nissan Altima made?
In Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi.