Some updates are coming to the 2023 Nissan Altima. The popular midsized sedan will arrive with tweaked looks, new wheels and colors along with more safety features and technology. There's no lack of trims either - with eight to choose from.
New for 2023
In the looks department, the Altima gets a new front end look for 2023, with an updated, sporty, V-Motion grills that adopts Nissan's redesigned brand logo. SR grades receive a special “black chrome” grille finish along with a unique grille design.
Key exterior elements include the now standard LED headlights with integrated turn signals in the daytime running lights, expressive, identifiable taillight design and available single panel moonroof.
It also comes in two new exterior colors – Gray Sky Pearl and Garnett Pearl Metallic. Plus four new aluminum-alloy wheel designs join the lineup – a 17-inch wheel for Altima SV and individual 19-inch wheel designs for SR, SL and SR VC-Turbo.
Inside the cabin the biggest updates are with the technology. A new, larger 12.3-inch HD color display with multi-touch control is the same size as found in the premium Nissan Armada. A customizable home screen includes shortcuts to user favorites and one-line destination search. The new color display along with Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation system, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging pad and WiFi hotspot, are standard on Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo grades and available on SV.
In terms of design, you'll find revised instrument cluster panel finishing and SR models come with a new dual-stitch interior fabric design for SR models.
Available features include a 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display, NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seat design with dual-density foam and bolstering, leather-appointed seating, and an 8-way power driver’s seat. Audio and infotainment choices include a Bose Premium Audio system with nine speakers, available Active Noise Cancellation, and Amazon Alexa.
There are two powertrains available - the most powerful being a 2.0-liter Variable Compression (VC) Turbo only available on the SR front-wheel drive model. It delivers 248 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (when using 93 octane fuel). The other option is an advanced 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder rated at 188 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque FWD (182 hp/178 lb-ft AWD). Both engines are equipped with a standard Xtronic transmission. The SR grade is equipped with steering wheel paddle shifters.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is available on 2023 Altima SV, SR and SL grades equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Altima also features an advanced independent front and rear suspension, with monotube rear shocks to provide exceptional vehicle response without impacting harshness. Altima SR grades feature unique suspension and chassis tuning for sportier handling and ride. An available advanced Integrated Dynamics Module that features two unique systems – Active Ride Control and Intelligent Trace Control – similar to those found on the flagship Nissan Maxima sedan.
The VC-Turbo FWD-only engine delivers fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
Fuel economy for the 2.5-liter FWD engine is rated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined for front-wheel drive S model, and 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for front-wheel drive SV, SR and SL models
Fuel economy8 for Altima 2.5-liter AWD models is rated at 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined for all-wheel drive SV and SL models, and 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the all-wheel drive SR model.
ProPILOT Assist is standard on Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo and optional on SV. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard across the lineup. Safety Shield 360 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.
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Driver Alertness are standard across the lineup. Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo grades adds Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
The 2023 Altima goes on sale this fall.
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