From the 2012 New York Auto Show, Car.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2013 Nissan Altima.
(fast music) <v Narrator>Cars.com auto review. (music ends) Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with cars.com. We're here at the New York Auto Show, checking out one of America's most popular family sedans.
It's the redesigned Nissan Altima, and it comes with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder powertrain that's supposed to get up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2013 Altima has a all-new look and it starts up front with a new version of Nissan's corporate grill, then flows into these wraparound headlights. But one of the design's most interesting features is this full-length character line, runs the length of the car, gives it some interesting definition and helps make the greenhouse seem narrower, too. The Nissan Altima's cabin has been fully redesigned. Standard features include Bluetooth and Bluetooth streaming audio with navigation available. An interesting system that's also available is NissanConnect SM, it includes Pandora streaming audio and Google local search right in the car. In addition to the base 182 horsepower, 2.5 liter four cylinder that's gonna be the fuel efficiency leader, there's also a 3.5 liter V6 that's right at 270 horsepower, and we're seeing less and less V6s offered in the family sedan segment, but Nissan's continuing to offer one with this redesigned Altima. Both engines work with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Altima's backseat is actually pretty comfortable for adult passengers, and it's partly because of its elevated seating position, which gives good thigh support for taller people. There's a couple of inches of leg room to spare, I'm about six feet, one inches tall, also decent headroom. So overall, a pretty roomy sedan for a family to get. The Altima benefited from supply issues from some of its competitors last year, so it's gonna have more competition in the market this year, but with the redesigned version, which goes on sale this June with a starting price of just over $21,000, I think it's got a lot to offer family shoppers. <v Narrator>For more car-related news, go to cars.com, or our blog, KickingTires.net.