2013 Nissan Altima

gooddeal2gooddeal2 Member Posts: 750
edited January 2012 in Nissan
Base on these spy photos, I think the new 2013 Altima will be similar to this Nissan Teana. Do you agree?

The front grille, the headlights...

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The taillights, the rear quarter windows

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  • smarty666smarty666 Member Posts: 1,503
    Unfortunately, it does look a bit like it. Too me, Nissan did not do enough then to change it. When they went from the 3rd to 4th generation in 07, the design was evolutionary and not revolutionary, like it was back in 02 when they went from the 2nd to 3rd generation Altima. I would have expected Nissan to do more and make the 5th generation revolutionary again as the Altima needs a nice kick in the butt to keep up with the designs coming up on the Sonata, Malibu, and Camry.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Member Posts: 750
    I agree but I would classify the new Camry as a moderate change like the Altima.
  • mitchfloridamitchflorida Member Posts: 420
    The 2013 Ford Fusion has a lot more interesting style and technology. I think Ford may really overtake the Altima this time.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Member Posts: 750
  • smarty666smarty666 Member Posts: 1,503
    Wow, I hope's that not the new Altima b/c it looks a lot like the Maxima's bodystyle to it. I hope Nissan doesn't hurt the Maxima like they did back in 2002 when they brought out the 2nd Gen Altima design which was better than the Maxima.

    It looks like Nissan is not making these care appear as distinctive as they are now.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Member Posts: 750
    Yeb, Maxima + M curve line.
  • deerlake7deerlake7 Member Posts: 176
    edited June 2012
    Had a chance to test drive the 2013 Altima today and came away very impressed. I found it to be quiet and solid with a good ride handling balance. Steering was quick with decent road feel and the seats were excellent. Overall, for me, it was clearly better than the Camry, Malibu, Sonata, or Passat. The dealer only had a 4 cylinder version, so there was no opportunity to try the 3.5L. Anyone else out there who has given one a try?
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Member Posts: 750
    I will get one but I'll wait till Sept. to get some discount. :shades:
  • iwant12iwant12 Member Posts: 269
    I keep hearing how good the seats are. You said they were excellent. In which way? The wife's looking at cars now and this may be on the list. Thanks.
  • deerlake7deerlake7 Member Posts: 176
    edited July 2012
    Everyone has a different "feel" for seats, but for me, the Altima's cloth seats were extremely well balanced between "softness," without sinking deep into a pile of mush. Every body point seemed well supported and I liked the feel of the cloth. At the same time, on the SV, the passenger seat seemed to be a tad low to the floor without the ability to raise it up. In the end, I was all set to pull the trigger on the '13 Altima, but three things stopped me after taking a second, longer test drive. One, I felt the 4 cyl/CVT combo is geared in such a way that it feels sluggish unless you put you foot deep into the gas. Second, I found myself making too many little steering corrections cruising down the interstate and finally, why jump now with the Accord and Fusion right around the corner. Good luck on your search.
  • iwant12iwant12 Member Posts: 269
    Thanks for the reply. Yep, that CVT would be a turnoff for me, plus the fact that it's FWD. Now the wife might not know or care, she drives a Mazda6 currently. The new Fusion looks great and we'll wait until that comes out before pulling the trigger. She also likes the Caddy CTS . . . I like it too!
  • dbc123dbc123 Member Posts: 105
    CVT is sure no "turnoff" to me. It's a big part of why I just took delivery of a '13 2.5 SV today. Very impressed so far with the car. It's a huge improvement over the previous Altimas. I love the way the CVT seamlessly adjusts the ratio to the driving conditions. The incredibly tall gearing allows for totally effortless and relaxed feel even at speeds over 80mph. The engine is turning less than 2000 rpm and the car is amazingly quiet and smooth.
    If this can get anywhere near its EPA rated mileage it's going to be a very impressive car.
  • busirisbusiris Member Posts: 3,490
    Everyone has their likes and dislikes... Some hate FWD cars, automatic transmissions, etc. enough to refuse to even look at them.

    Others could care less about the drive wheels or whether the car has a traditional automatic, DCT or CVT.

    That's why there are so many models in the market. It doesn't mean anyone is right or wrong.

    From a pure efficiency POV, its really hard to beat a well designed CVT in around-town driving, although a manual is hard to beat on the limited-access highway in long trips.

    All this began immediately after Henry Ford began offering colors besides black....
  • alookmanalookman Member Posts: 141
    edited July 2012
    Would love to hear what the actual avg. MPG is on the new 2013 Altima 2.5 engine is. We are getting consistently 25-26 avg. MPG on 2012 2.5SL model which is very good but I imagine all new 2013 models from Altima to other competitor's models will aim for 27-30 avg. MPG range. I doubt much discounting is available on 2013 Altima.

    For 2012 Altima 2.5 SL model with Bose Radio it should be around 23.5k-24k plus TTL and doc. fees. This should include the factory added mats wheel locks and aluminum sidekick. I got that price last Fall when 2013 Altima was just a talk.
  • m6userm6user Member Posts: 3,181
    I've seen discounts on the 2012 models around $5-7k off MSRP depending on version and equipment. No, the 2013s won't be discounted much at all for the first few months especially with all the hype about the MPG and other big improvements. They just arrived on dealer lots a couple of weeks ago. They are supposed to get around 31 mpg average and from the several reviews that I've read that mentioned MPG, the 2.5L was pretty close to that in combined driving. The 3.5L six was getting around 26mpg in these tests/reviews which is also very good.
  • growing_creditgrowing_credit Member Posts: 26
    Does any one know when NJ will start recieving it? Anybody in NJ has bought 2.5 SL than what is the price paid?
  • dbc123dbc123 Member Posts: 105
    My first tank returned 31.2 mpg. This with about 60% hwy and 40% city. I was driving it gently but varying speed often. With full break in but slightly more aggressive driving it should do as well as this or maybe a little better. One tank is too early to tell but so far, looks very good.
  • roycarverroycarver Member Posts: 2
    edited August 2012
    We just got a new 2.5SL with Tech package. Came with mats mudflaps and spoiler black on black. Sweet ride. We found out about the Nissan Graduate Program which promises a no hassle/no haggle $250 below dealer cost. It is true. Our cost before tax was $28100 and MSRP was around 30600. There was a dealer fee (most have them) at $450. We sold our 2008 Honda Civic EX to get this. Great mileage and nice car but small and uncomfortable on trips(have had hip surgery recently). There so many good solid changes and many suttle not so obvious ones. Have owned many used Nissans and a few Infinitis over the years. Initial impression. My wife and I are in LOOOOOVVVVE, and not just with each other.
  • growing_creditgrowing_credit Member Posts: 26
    Hey Roycarver,

    Congrats. I am too in marjket for 2013 2.5 altima SL with Tech package (Black on black). Can you provide some more details on your location, pricing and buying/negotiating strategy so that me an other fellow readers can have an insight on what to expect. I am in NJ
  • roycarverroycarver Member Posts: 2
    edited August 2012
    I live in the Cleveland,TN and bought the car at Hunt Nissan in Chattanooga, TN. When I first discovered the new Altima, we went and tested one at that dealership but I new I wanted an SL with Tech. They finally just got them this past weekend. I had called a lot of dealerships in the area and no one had an SL 2.5 with Tech. I heard some interesting stuff though. One dealership told me they could sell me a 2013 Altima but that I couldn't drive it home because they were all on hold from the factory. Another told me that he had a direct contact into the Nissan plant where they manufacture the Altima and he told me they wouldn't ship until the 13th of the month and that they and another mentioned dealership would get the first ones. Anyway, concerning negotiating, I discovered the College Graduate Program offered by Nissan. It is in the www.nissanusa.com home page. They promise a No Haggle/No Hassle price if you meet their qualifications. My wife did. We didn't fuss at all. We might have been able to get a lower interest rate. You have to finance through Nissan for the program and my wife's credit was mid 700s. She got 4.49%@72months which is really good but maybe we could have done better. I had already mentioned that the price offered is $250 below dealer invoice/cost. Additionally, I did apply for the Edmunds promotion. An add pops up on this site some time for buying a new Nissan and getting a $500 Visa Cash Card. We applied and submitted and I am hoping all is legitimate (no reason not to believe that) and that we'll receive our $500 card in the mail in 6 to 8 weeks.
    Not sure what else to tell other than I was researching MPGs because I was having a hard time finding how to reset the trip info and since leaving the dealership my MPGs have been a little disappointing (averaging around 25mpg). I finally found out how to clear/reset it so we'll see how things shape up according to the computer and we'll be taking a trip at the end of the month to New England and that will be a great MPG test, both by computer readout and manual calculations.
    Hope you find what you're looking for and get a great deal.
  • growing_creditgrowing_credit Member Posts: 26
    Thanks a bunch for a detailed response. I look forward to buying new altima soon.
  • growing_creditgrowing_credit Member Posts: 26
    Thanks a bunch for a detailed response. I look forward to buying new altima soon.

    Amazed to see noone has a definite answer on when it will be rolled out to dealerships
  • victomofnissanvictomofnissan Member Posts: 7
    edited August 2012
    I got mine three weeks ago (2013 Altima 2.5SL). I love the car except the mpg I am getting. I have been getting 15 average mpg. I drove 50% in the city and 50% on the highway (filled up the gas tank twice so far). Contacted the dealer and am told it needs time to "break in". That's what my shoe sales person told me when I purchased my new pair of shoes. But when you buy a $30,000.00 car, it should drive as the ad said ( or close). Besides this major issue, I simply love this car.

    BTW, how many miles have you driven yours so far?
  • smarty666smarty666 Member Posts: 1,503
    I'm going to tell you, it might improve in time but if your doing half your driving in the city I don't know how good the gas mileage is every going to get. I've found with my Maxima, that the CVT and driving in the city do not go well together and the mpg goes down considerably. Luckily, 80% of my driving is highway and the other 20% is rural city so my mpg is pretty good. But the couple of times I've driven my car in Philly or New York, the mpg shoot way down into the teens.
  • victomofnissanvictomofnissan Member Posts: 7
    I hope so. Can't wait for the day when it starts delivering atleast 20mpg. will post the update.....
  • soham3soham3 Member Posts: 1
    Hi,

    I just bought the 2013 Altima 2.5SL but without the navigation for out of door price of $28,088 with floor mat and Splash guard in Atlanta. I went to almost 7-8 dealership around the area and spent almost 3-4 hrs at each dealership negotiating on the price. Nobody was offering me price below $28,500(out of door)

    Then I went to a relatively small dealership and first thing they asked me is where I work and when I gave them my employer name they said I qualify for VPP program and this is what they offered me:

    26,200--selling price (250 below invoice price)
    No doc fees
    tax+tag+title
    total out of the door I paid 28,088

    which I think is quite a good price. Plus the salesperson was very friendly to me and they did not engaged in any pressure tactics whatsoever.
  • perunestperunest Member Posts: 42
    I don't understand why people post OTD prices. Since sales taxes vary from state to state it makes comparisons difficult. The same can be said for tags and title, although these are smaller charges. It would be better to give only the list price, including destination charges and options, along with the equivalent negotiated price. Tags and title should be listed separately to show the dealer is not inflating these charges to make up for a low negotiated price for the car.
  • sebring95sebring95 Member Posts: 3,241
    Drove a '13 Altima tonight with cloth seats (my typical preference) and was impressed with the "zero gravity" seats from a comfort perspective Only problem.....my back was soaked with sweat after a 20 minute test drive. I have cloth in my Pathfinder and never have an issue with "hot" seats (one reason I dislike leather) but I noticed the Altima seats really hug you closely. Wondering if anyone else has noticed this and/or maybe it was just a fluke? This model had the black seats and was sitting in the sun all day....I will be buying the tan interior regardless. Otherwise a nice driving car. Skeptical of a first year model....I drive 25k a year and really don't need teething issues...
  • haulthault Columbus OhioMember Posts: 130
    I bought 2013 2.5 SV. So far I love this car. Hope the MPG's are good.
  • ronwaltronwalt Member Posts: 2
    Just bought 2013 altima sedan 2.5s i really like it only have it 2weeks.Can someone tell me how accurate those gauges are as far as average mpg is.I am right now driving locally and i only had it couple but avg mileage it shows is not close to what epa rating.the best i seen by the gauges is around 20.5 but its around 19 now.are these gauges accurate or is it to early to get a good read on mileage.
  • ahossa1ahossa1 Member Posts: 52
    edited September 2012
    Not enough people own it to write reviews on the MPG. Reading all the magazine writers on Bing & Google It seems that they are recording close to EPA numbers. I suggest the next time U fill up make a note of the mileage(#A). When U fill up again make a note of the mileage( #B) Then Subtract #B from #A . U wil also make a note of how many gallons of gas u filled your tank on your 2nd fill up. DivideThe difference between #A and #B by the number of gallons on your 2nd fill up and that will be your real world mileage. I did that for one year on my 02 Altima on an Excel worksheet and that was my personal MPG. Some weeks were great, others were really bad. BTW how does the car drive? Do U hear a lot of enine noise on the highway?
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  • aaatttaaattt Member Posts: 22
    2013 Altima 2.5s, I bought new, drive 800 miles so far. I feel drifting & wandering, move side to side. It happens when drive high speed 60-75 miles on highway.

    I search Edmund review found several owners have the same problem like me.

    One owner post said "it cause by steel rim out of round".

    My questing is if cause by out of round rim, then I cange to alloy wheel will solve the problem?

    or this drifting problem is cause by other parts not the out of round rim?
  • deerlake7deerlake7 Member Posts: 176
    I test drove multiple 2013 Altima 2.5SV's with alloy wheels and they all required constant steering corrections on the highway, so I don't think changing to alloy wheels will solve your problem. Good luck on finding a solution.
  • aaatttaaattt Member Posts: 22
    Thank you for your respond. If not cause by the rim then should be other parts.
    The drifting problem is only complain about this car so far.
    The mileage is good. 32.6mpg combine 40/60city & highway for my first 1000 miles.
  • alan1111alan1111 Member Posts: 10
    The constant correcting is a gift of the new electric steering.
  • victomofnissanvictomofnissan Member Posts: 7
    I have been driving my newAltima 2.5 SL since August 1st. I am getting 18 mpg. I have contacted nissan consumer service and they will send a specilist to look at this low mpg issue. I don't know how the system calculates the Average MPG but I have calculated manually 4-5 times and I am getting 17-18 average. I am little disappointed with this low MPG. I had purchased this car solely based on its good MPG ads. Lets see what happens.
  • aatishaatish Member Posts: 2
    Anything they were able to do? i m getting 21 on new SV 2013 that i got last week! dont know what to do!
  • growing_creditgrowing_credit Member Posts: 26
    this is my second tank and I'm getting 28 mpg. this is exactly what my trip display shows and this time I am also calculating manually and so far my calculation is bang on with what is displayed in car. I've 13 altima 2.5 SL with tech package and more than 90% of my driving has been in city, will be checking out the car soon on my first highway trip
  • aatishaatish Member Posts: 2
    What should i do, abt to finish my first tank, average still 22
  • stenburgstenburg Member Posts: 1
    My wife and I bought a 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL in May. It lurched and shuddered when coasting (no pedals pressed) between 30 and 40 mph, especially when going uphill. We took it to the dealership we purchased it from and picked it up today after 3 tries to fix and it being out of commission for 17 straight days. They replaced the entire transaxle on our new car. The dealership has said that the true issue was a programming issue in the transaxle that should be fixed with a recall, taking it to a dealership to reprogram the TCM (transaxle control module?) maybe. They tried to give us the car back last Friday, after replacing the transaxle, but they knocked a "boot" off when they re-installed the drive shaft causing excessive road noise even at very low speeds. Suffice to say, our car was somewhat of an experiment in this recall getting a new transaxle instead of just reprogramming the existing one. So if you have not heard of a recall (I still haven't even though the dealership said "thousands" of cars have reported the same issue), be aware of the issue and take it to a dealership to get the TCM reprogrammed asap if yours has the same issue.

    Other than not having the car for 1/8 of the time we've owned it, we love the car. Even with the recent issues, I do not wish I had bought a different car.
  • haulthault Columbus OhioMember Posts: 130
    I purchased a 2.5 SV. MPG's have been 31 3 times and 34.5 one time. I have 2000 miles. I have felt the "wandering" in the straight line driving. I had the lurching issue a few times. I thought it was just me and was waiting to see how often it occurred. Overall I love the car so far.
  • fasteddiechufasteddiechu Member Posts: 3
    I can't find out how to reset the averge fuel consumption on my 2013 Altima. Can you help, please?
  • haulthault Columbus OhioMember Posts: 130
    While the fuel economy is displayed just hold the same button in for a few seconds and it will reset.
  • victomofnissanvictomofnissan Member Posts: 7
    You should call Nissan's consumer services and register your complain. That's what I did. I am still trying to chase down the Nissan specialist who has been assigned my case. It has been a very frustrating experience with Nissan North America. I had purchased this vehicle based on Its 27 city MPG claim but I have been getting 17-18 max.
  • heyarnoheyarno Member Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2013 3.5L. I have just over 5500 hwy miles & I am averaging 31-33.8 mpg. Almost all my driving is hwy miles. I found using the cruise control helps a lot. I drive apprx 4 miles over the speed limit, so it isn't being babied while driving.
  • cal24mocal24mo Member Posts: 1
    You are not imagining this wandering, side to side action. I just bought a 2013
    3.5 Altima, and have spoken to the dealer several times now. This "action"
    happens at high speed 60- on up mainly. It is unsafe and hard to keep it in a
    straight line. Even my husband who has many years of driving trucks, said there
    is something wrong. We have been told it is because of the new requirement for
    electronic steering. No adjustment can be made. I can not control the car on
    freeway speeds without severe side to side motion. I do think there will be
    a recall because of this issue. If you can not steer the car, there is a serious
    problem, and unacceptable to us.
  • seolbroseolbro Member Posts: 19
    Electirc steering is a choice by auto makers to improve MPG. I do not believe it is required. I think the dealer is giving you the runaround on that point.
  • m6userm6user Member Posts: 3,181
    I'm not a big fan of electric steering assist but it shouldn't wander as described.
  • growing_creditgrowing_credit Member Posts: 26
    This is my 4th tank and so far from my last two fill ups I've averaged 27.8 and 28.2 mpg and my 90% of driving is city driving. I try to be as light footed as I can so that could be one of the factor. I've 2.5 SL
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