Refreshed 2023 Nissan Altima Adds Tech, Mostly Minor Price Tweaks

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With a mild facelift and a handful of tech upgrades, the 2023 Nissan Altima arrives at a starting price of $26,385 (including a $1,095 destination charge). While the mid-size sedan’s starting price is on par with competitors, shoppers should note the base S trim lacks some standard features offered by its rivals; in order to take advantage of all the 2023 upgrades, going with a higher trim is a must. The same goes for getting Nissan’s available all-wheel-drive system, which is a rarity for the class; the S remains front-wheel drive only.

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What’s New?

The 2023 Altima gets new grille designs, an updated Nissan logo, standard LED headlights with integrated turn signals, two new paint colors and new trim-specific wheel designs on the outside. Inside, the sedan now offers the option of upgrading to a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, built-in navigation and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The top SL and SR VC-Turbo trims also gain a standard 360-degree camera system. The new tech is either standard or optional on higher trims; the base S gets a standard 7-inch touchscreen without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The S isn’t completely neglected, however, as Nissan makes its Safety Shield 360 standard with a suite of features including a blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and rear automatic emergency braking.

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The Altima’s two engine options carry over for 2023: The base engine powering the S, SV, SR and SL models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission that makes 188 horsepower in FWD variants and 182 hp in those with AWD. The range-topping SR VC-Turbo gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for increased output (248 horses with premium gas or 236 hp with regular). Unlike the standard SR, however, the SR VC-Turbo is FWD only. The Altima’s EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 28/39/32 mpg city/highway/combined in the base model to 25/34/29 mpg for the SR VC-Turbo.

Trims and Pricing

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Below are the starting prices for each trim, along with their price increase from 2022; note the Platinum trim is no longer available for 2023. Opting for AWD adds $1,500 to SV, SR and SL trims.

  • S: $26,385 ($390)
  • SV: $27,185 ($190)
  • SR: $28,585 ($590)
  • SL: $33,085 ($1,650)
  • SR VC-Turbo: $36,085 ($3,740)

The base S rides on 16-inch wheels, while the SV gets 17-inch machined aluminum alloys, and SR and higher models get larger 19-inch wheels in the machined aluminum-alloy finish. The SR’s exterior is further differentiated by a dark-chrome grille, a unique rear diffuser color, exhaust finisher, black side mirror caps and body-color door handles.

Inside, cloth seats are standard for the S and SV, while the SR gets a unique sport cloth fabric; leather seats are optional on the SR or standard on the SL and SR VC-Turbo. Heated front seats are available for the SV and SR and standard on SL and SR VC-Turbo. The SL and SR VC-Turbo get a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system, which replaces the standard six-speaker system in lower trims, along with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist hands-on driver-assist system.

Versus the Competition

The Altima’s competition includes the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. The Altima’s starting price is competitive among this set: The 2022 Accord starts at $27,615; the 2023 Sonata at $26,045; and the 2023 Camry at $27,040. However, the base Altima’s lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a strike against it since the connectivity is standard on the all three rivals. The Camry’s base LE also offers available AWD — an option Altima S shoppers will have to forgo.

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