Some of the first 2013 Altima reviews are out.
TTAC reviews the 2013 Nissan Altima and comes away with this:
The 2013 Nissan Altima isn’t cheap, and it doesn’t stand out from the crowd aside from offering the highest EPA numbers and (only on a fully loaded car) a multi-talented rearview camera. But even without these USPs and in its sixth year the current Altima has been outselling every other car except the recently redesigned Camry—and it hasn’t been far behind the Camry. If you were at Nissan, would you want to be the person whose “bold move” derailed the gravy train?
Autoblog reviews the 2013 Nissan Altima and says:
As before, the Altima quickly outs itself as one of the best-handling cars in the segment, with well-controlled primary and secondary impacts and nicely snubbed body control. The 2012 Altima was no slouch in the handling department, but could feel stiff-legged at times (particularly the V6). This new generation feels both better connected and more composed, with minimal body roll and a pleasingly firm comportment. We didn’t hammer on them too much, but brakes (discs all ‘round – 11.7-inch up front, 11.5-inch rear) also get the job done with progressive pedal feel and appropriate weighting.
Car & Driver reviews the 2013 Nissan Altima and has this to say:
Today, a base Altima costs $22,280, but at a glance it appears that you’ve spent $48,595 on an Infiniti M37. Like the original, the newest Altima’s shape makes a strong first impression. Unlike the original, it holds up to closer scrutiny.
Overall, pretty positive reviews. TTAC is about as harsh as they come, but that’s normal for those guys. They’re a great bunch, but really hard to please. At the same time, Michael Karesh is quick to point out the logic of Nissan’s ways.
As for me, I think it’s a great evolution of the Altima. The Altima will never be a balls to the wall sports car, nor should it. It’s a midsize family sedan with sporting ambition. It’s been doing that job better than anyone since 2003.
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