By David Thomas on June 28, 2012
One of the hardest parts about buying a new car — besides deciding on the model itself — is deciding what trim level is the right one for your tastes and budget. Automakers don't make it easy on you. Heck, some call the base model "Premium." Others use a jumble of letters to space things out.
If you're interested in the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima that is just hitting dealers now, we're here to arm you with a rundown of the different trims, how much they cost and what content they pack.
You can search for a new Altima near you using Cars.com here. We even let you sort by trim level. So once you know the one — or two — you want, you can filter out the rest. Because if you can afford a four-cylinder with cloth seats, why are you browsing results for a V-6 with leather?
(Note: All trim level prices include a $780 destination charge.)
2013 Nissan Altima
The base model is called just the 2.5 and features these standard features: Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, four-speaker stereo, push-button start, remote keyless entry, 4-inch color instrument display and 16-inch steel wheels.
2.5 S: $23,280
Adds six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, passive entry system, six-speaker stereo and automatic headlights.
2.5 SV: $24,880
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Adds dual-zone automatic climate controls, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote engine start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, backup camera, USB port, satellite radio and a 5-inch center console display featuring Nissan's new multimedia system, called NissanConnect.
2.5 SL: $28,830
Top-of-the-line SL trims add leather seats, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, heated side mirrors, LED taillights, LED turn signals in the side mirrors, power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink garage door opener.
3.5 S: $26,140
For V-6 engines, the S is the base level. It comes with standard Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, push-button start, 4-inch color instrument display, six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, passive entry system, six speaker stereo, automatic headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
3.5 SV: $28,560
Adds dual-zone automatic climate controls, remote engine start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, backup camera, six-speaker stereo with a USB port and satellite radio, 5-inch center console display featuring NissanConnect, folding outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, moonroof, and HomeLink garage door opener.
3.5 SL: $30,860
Top-of-the-line V-6 SL trims get leather seats, nine-speaker Bose stereo, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, heated side mirrors, LED taillights, LED turn signals in the side mirrors, power moonroof, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Convenience Package (2.5 SV trim only): $1,350
Moonroof, folding outside mirrors, fog lights
Navigation Package (SV trims only): $590
Nissan navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen
Technology Package (SL trims only): $1,090
Nissan navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen, lane departure warning system, moving object detection, blind spot warning system
Remote start (S trim only): $325
Rear spoiler (SV and SL trims only): $395
Colin Bird contributed to this story.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David