It is certain that many don’t even remember that the Nissan Altima is very much around, well it seems that the Camrys and Accords of this world have pushed it down the pecking order. Nevertheless, a new 2023 refreshed model is now loaded to take on its rivals.
The most noticeable difference is the all-new nose. Nissan blessed the Altima with an updated, sportier version of its V-Motion grille, and it slapped the redesigned brand logo on there. Other enhancements include standard LED headlights with turn signals incorporated into the daytime running lights. Nissan’s sportier SR trim comes standard with a model-specific grille design in black chrome. The rest of the vehicle’s exterior design doesn’t change much. The SV trim gets a new design for its 17-inch wheels. The SR, SL, and SR VC-Turbo grades roll-on redesigned 19-inch wheels.
Bigger changes feature inside where the centre stack now features a 12.3-inch infotainment screen (previously 8.0 inches) and a more modern design for some of the controls. A 7.0-inch screen will be available for the instrument cluster. Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, a wireless charging pad for mobile devices, and a WiFi hotspot will also be on offer.
Both Altima engine options are carried over, but only the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-pot can be coupled with the available all-wheel-drive system. Unfortunately, Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission is also carried over without upgrades. The NA 2.5 produces 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot produces 248 hp/273 lb-ft and is available exclusively in the front-wheel-drive guise. You can only order it in SR trim, including paddle shifters as standard.
All grades of the 2023 Altima now come standard with the Safety Shield 360 safety tech suite. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, radar-based blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and high beam assist.
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