2013 Nissan Altima sedan starts at $21,500 with 38 mpg hwy

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The new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan has just officially debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and it looks aesthetically pleasing with a sleek and modern design, although some said that it looks too much of the new Nissan Maxima. Perhaps it is so, buyers wouldn’t mind getting a Maxima at an Altima’s price.

With that said, the new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is nothing like its predecessor. It is sleek and modern with Nissan’s new aerodynamic design language. The new sedan is lighter and equipped with a more efficient engine, which comes in as a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower, and mated to a CVT transmission. Nissan claims that the 2013 Nissan Altima able to squeeze out 38 miles per gallon on the highway, making it the best fuel economy in its class for a non-hybrid engine. If more power is desired, Nissan still continues to offer the 3.5-liter VQ V6 producing 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Even though the new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is longer and wider than the previous-year version, at 0.8 inches longer and 1.4 inches wider, Nissan managed to shave off about 79 pounds by utilizing lighter high-strength steel in the body panel and an aluminum hood.

Just like the new Nissan Maxima’s interior, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan receives luxury amenities and upgraded materials throughout the cabin. The interior now looks cleaner with simple intuitive pieces such as a more organized center stack and instrument panel, which features a four-inch color TFT display for the speedometer and tachometer. Addition, other vital information can be displayed on the four-inch screen as well, such as turn-by-turn navigation information and blind spot monitoring, tire pressure, audio data, and trip information.

On the technology side, the new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan features a variety of safety equipment and media connectivity. With Nissan Connected infotainment system, it consists of navigation, Bluetooth, Pandora, Google point-of-interest location and hands-free texting feature. For safety, the infotainment screen can serve as a rear-view camera that is able to detect moving obstacle. They rear-view camera detection system relies on sensors mounted on the rear bumper to sense moving obstacle and alert the driver to take evasive action.  In addition, the rear sensor system is also used to control blind spot monitoring for lane departure warning and moving obstacle detection systems.

With the look and feel of the high-end Nissan Maxima, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is a bargain in terms of gas mileage and starting price. The 2013 Altima will arrive at dealerships this July in three trims. The four-cylinder base model will start at $21,500. Four- and six-cylinder engines are available on all of the S, SL and SV trims, while the V6 engine model will have a starting price of $25,360. Last is the top-of-the-line SL V6 model, which will start at $30,080. By the way, there is a $760 destination charge attached to these prices as well.

Here is a of features for the new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan:

• Targeted best-in-segment 38 mpg highway fuel economy* (2.5-liter engine)
• Premium exterior styling with a powerful presence and improved aerodynamics
• Upscale interior rivaling premium luxury sedans, including NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seats, an Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display and BOSE® Premium Audio System
• An outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and fun-to-drive demeanor, including projected best-level acceleration
• Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
• NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation integrated smartphone connectivity suite with hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more
• Next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy Fill Tire Alert