Based on Nissan Altima 2.5
Nissan debuts a redesigned version of its popular Altima sedan for the 2013 model year. Available in summer 2012, Nissan expects the Altima to achieve 38 mpg on the highway with its four-cylinder engine. A V-6 engine remains available, as does the Altima coupe, which is largely unchanged for 201... Read Full Report
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Upon entering the backseat of Nissan's 2013 Altima for the first time, my daughter exclaimed, "This is just what a limousine is like on the inside! At least, this is what I imagine a limousine is like on the inside!" The role of chauffeur was easily tackled during my week in the Altima. I don't always love that part of my job description as a mom to two school-aged kids, but it was,... Read full review for the 2013 Nissan Altima
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2.5 S, over a month of ownership and over 2,000 miles. This is the replacement for our dependable but recall prone (28 recalls during ownership) 12 year-old minivan. PROS: Good ride, comfy seats, lar... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.