2023 Nissan Altima: Mid-Size AWD Sedan Review
2023 Nissan Altima – The Nissan Altima currently debuts 2019 with a slimmer style, new engine, and all-wheel drive available.
In addition to improving standard safety features by 2020, the Altima remains the same, and we expect the midsize sedan to enter 2023 without significant changes.
Altima has been a mainstay of the Nissan brand since 1993 and is now entering its sixth generation.
2023 Nissan Altima
We hope the Altima 2023 is longer and lower than most family sedans, with style borrowed from the larger, more expensive Nissan Maxima.
The exterior features highly sculpted sides and a coupe-like sloping roofline. All trims except the S base carry LED headlights and 17-inch rims. For a sportier, the SR model offers a more aggressive body trim and 19-inch rims.
The spacious cockpit features a floating center touchscreen, a start button, and a very comfortable Zero Gravity seat from Nissan. Remote start and power driver seats are also standard. SL and Platinum trims add Bose leather seating, navigation, and sound systems.
According to the EPA, the four-cylinder 188 horsepower continues as a single-engine for most trims, producing an excellent 32 miles per gallon in a combination of city and highway driving.
The RS gets four turbocharged cylinders that produce 248 hp but can produce a combined 29 mpg. All-wheel drive remains available with both engines, rare in this class.
Each Altima offers a full range of driver-assist technology, including automatic emergency braking, lane guard assistance, automatic high beams, and driver alertness monitoring.
Moving beyond the base trim provides blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automatic rear braking. Exclusive surround display camera system for Platinum.
The New Altima is one of the few vehicles in its class available with a semi-autonomous drive system, which Nissan calls ProPilot Assist. For 2021, the Altima received an overall five-star safety rating from NHTSA and was designed as a Top Safety Pick by IIHS.
Nissan Altima Features
Nissan Safety Shield® 360
Security on every side
Nissan Intelligent Mobility includes features that monitor in front of you, behind you, and on both sides and can intervene to help you avoid problems. Safety Shield 360 is standard on every Altima SV and later.
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection can automatically activate the brakes to help avoid frontal collisions or reduce the severity of impacts.
Rear Automatic Braking
Save your bumper. The Altima Rear Automatic Braking watch is available right behind you for sedentary items you may not see.
It can automatically activate the brakes to help avoid rear collisions or reduce the impact’s severity if it detects something.
Rear Traffic Warning
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert watches are available around the back of your Altima and can warn you about cars being detected creeping on you from both sides.
Blind Spot Warning
Available Blind Spots Alerts help you change lanes with confidence. It monitors the blind spot area and gives you a warning if it detects a vehicle hiding there.
Lane Departure Warning
Hold it there. Departure Lane Alerts help ensure you change lanes only if you intend.
If the system detects that you are hovering, it will warn you.
High Beam Help
Standard High Beam Assist helps you drive in the middle of the night, reducing high light when detecting oncoming traffic.
Altima ProPILOT Assist and driver assistance technician
Convenient help on the way
The available ProPILOT help helps you drive on the highway at the push of a button, anticipating and responding like a true assistant.
And with the added driver assistance feature, your drive will never be more confident.
ProPILOT Assists in highway traffic
ProPILOT Assist helps your Altima keep your distance from the car in front based on traffic flow.
This can take you to a full stop and return to speed as traffic resumes.
Smart Ambient Display Monitor
Keep your self-esteem and rim intact. The available Intelligent Around View Monitor makes parking easy with your Altima virtual composite 360° view.
You can choose from a split-screen view of the front, back, and curb views for a better view. It also gives you an on-screen alert when it detects moving objects near your vehicle. We’re looking at you, shopping cart.
2023 Nissan Altima Interior
Inside, the Altima cab provides a straightforward dashboard with user-friendly switchgear.
Interior materials between trim levels, but all of them are a significant improvement compared to previous generation Altima. Our SV test vehicles have attractive promises and hard plastics that attract little attention.
The steering wheel with a flat base and fake carbon fiber is a bit much here, especially since there is no paddle shifter or drive mode to choose from on the SV.
The front seats accommodate various body types, but we felt the waist brace was too aggressive.
The large back seat is very comfortable with ample legroom. We loaded six carry-on bags in the Altima trunk and a total of 17 bags with folded back seats. These figures match the Camry we tested, but both are less than 19 Accord bags.
Unfortunately, the Nissan’s rear seats were not fully folded and had to be removed using the handle in the trunk, which was troublesome.
The Altima has decent storage in the front seat, with a narrow, albeit deep, door pocket and a handy tray at the center console’s front.
Except for the basic models, every Altima has a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
While the sound system has knobs useful for volume and tuning, the touchscreens we tested responded slowly.
Along with optional built-in navigation, the Altima infotainment system can be upgraded with Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as a bose stereo of nine speakers.
Nissan Altima Safety Features
Nissan uses a comprehensive safety approach that guides the engineering and development of every car we make. It helps keep an eye on your vehicle system, help you handle unexpected situations, and helps protect you in case of an unfortunate accident.
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
When the VDC detects over or understeer, the system can reduce engine power and apply brake pressure to certain wheels.
Traction Control System (TCS)
TCS can sense the wheelspin and respond immediately to reduce throttle, helping you regain available traction and maintain control of your Altima.
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Altima’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) quickly pumps the brakes during hard braking to help prevent your wheels from locking, helping you maintain steering control.
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) sends extra power to the rear brakes when additional weight is in the vehicle. At the same time, Brake Assist helps provide maximum force if it detects harsh braking situations.
Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System
Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System includes an additional two-stage front airbag with seat belt and passenger classification sensors, additional side-impact airbags mounted on the front and rear seats, and additional roof-mounted side-impact airbags with rollover sensors.
LATCH and Snug Kids®
The LATCH system (Bottom Anchor and Tethers for Children) allows you to secure a compatible child restraint in the back seat without having to use a seat belt or lock clip.
The Snug Kids Child Safety Seat Fit Guide lists the child seats corresponding to Nissan vehicles’ rear seats.
Nissan Altima Fuel Economy and MPG
The Altima doesn’t offer fuel-efficient hybrid or eco-friendly plug-in-hybrid models like many of its competitors do.
Still, its two gasoline engines have high EPA fuel economy ratings and better real-world results. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine has an estimated 28 mpg of city and 39 highways.
However, the more expensive models are rated as low as 25 mpg of the city and 35 highways. The EPA estimates that the all-wheel-drive model can generate up to 26 mpg of city and 36 highways. The VC-Turbo engine has a rating of 25 mpg city and 34 highways.
On our 75 mph fuel-efficient route—part of our extensive testing regimen—the all-wheel-drive Altima reached an astonishing 41 mpg.
The VC-Turbo version recorded an impressive 37 mpg. The most fuel-efficient (nonhybrid) Accord and Camry produce 38 mpg and 45 mpg, respectively.
2023 Nissan Altima Release Date and Price
An official release date has not yet been announced, but we anticipate the arrival of summer 2022 based on previous years.
We estimate prices will be close to 2021 levels, starting at $25,225, including destinations for the S base, to $35,025 for the luxury Platinum model.