The Nissan Altima closed out the 2011 midsize sedan sales race in second place, closely behind the Toyota Camry. Part of Nissan’s record finish can be attributed to its Japanese competitors falling by the wayside in the wake of last year’s Japanese earthquake. But, somehow, even though Honda and Toyota are back up to full capacity, Nissan’s been able to keep its momentum going.
People are slowly making their way back into dealer showrooms across the country, and in an effort to keep the current success of the Altima going, Nissan will be unveiling its latest—and much more fuel-efficient—version at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is all-new for the upcoming model year while the current coupe will have one more year of service before it too gets a refresh. The fifth-generation Altima was engineered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and will be assembled in Mississippi and Tennessee. Assembly is expected to begin in May and from there, the Altima will be exported to over 45 countries around the world. The latest Altima’s wheelbase hasn’t been changed from the 2012 Nissan Altima’s, but the length of the rear axle has been widened 0.8 inch. Ultra high-strength steel has been used in the 2013 Nissan Altima’s body and helps the sedan keep its reputation for being one of the lightest vehicles in the segment. The 2013 Nissan Altima managed to shed 79 pounds from its predecessor and will weigh in somewhere around 3100 to 3200 pounds.
Coming in four-cylinder and V-configurations, the 2013 Nissan Altima will largely keep its same powerplants from the 2012 model, but they’ve been refined. The four-cylinder jumps from 175 to 182 horsepower, but tweaks have led it to pick up fuel economy to an estimated 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway EPA fuel economy rating, the best of any non-hybrid sedan in its class. A hybrid with Nissan Leaf technology is expected to follow later.
The 2013 Nissan Altima is expected to begin showing up at dealerships nationwide in June and command a starting price tag of $22,260, including $760 for destination and handling, for a base 182-horsepower, four-cylinder model. The V-6 configuration will start at $26,120, while the top-of-the-line SL V-6 model will cost $30,840.
Check out our 2012 New York International Auto Show page for full details and photos.