The Nissan Altima will receive a comprehensive makeover for the 2023 model year, the OEM announced on June 9. The new Altima will see new front end styling, expanded standard safety features, and technologies, along with new wheel designs and two new exterior colors.
Like all Nissan sedans, the Altima includes available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, ProPILOT Assist and standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 technologies.
The vehicle has two available engines, front-wheel or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and four grade levels. The 2023 model lineup is available in eight grades: S FWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SR FWD, SR AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD and SR VC-Turbo FWD.
The most prominent feature of the 2023 Altima refresh is a new front fascia that adopts the redesigned brand logo. Key exterior elements include the now-standard LED headlights with integrated turn signals in the daytime running lights, expressive, identifiable taillight design, and available single panel moonroof. In addition, there are four new aluminum-alloy wheel designs – a 17-inch wheel for Altima SV and individual 19-inch wheel designs for SR, SL and SR VC-Turbo.
For 2023, two new exterior colors are added to the palette: Gray Sky Pearl and Garnett Pearl Metallic.
Other enhancements include a new 12.3-inch HD color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation system, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging pad and WiFi hotspot, all standard on Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo grades and available on SV. The new 12.3-inch display replaces the previous 8-inch display.
The 2023 Altima is available with a choice of two 4-cylinder powerplants, a 2.0L Variable Compression (VC) Turbo or an advanced 2.5L DOHC engine.
Available exclusively on the Altima SR front-wheel drive model, the VC-Turbo generates the performance of some V6 gasoline engines but with 4-cylinder level fuel economy. The engine delivers 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (when using 93 octane fuel) and delivers fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
Fuel economy for the 2.5L engine is rated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined for front-wheel drive S model, and 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for front-wheel drive SV, SR and SL models.
Fuel economy for Altima 2.5L AWD models is rated at 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined for all-wheel drive SV and SL models, and 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the all-wheel drive SR model.
All 2023 Altima models, including both engine configurations, come equipped with a standard Xtronic transmission. Paddle shifters are standard with the Altima SR grade.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is available on 2023 Altima SV, SR and SL grades equipped with the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. The system uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels (0:100 front up to 50:50 front-to-rear) according to road and driving conditions.
For the 2023 model year, Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist system is standard on Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo and optional on SV. ProPILOT Assist utilizes a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors, and an electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane and to maintain vehicle speed (set by the driver) and help maintain a preset distance to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and hold the vehicle during traffic jam conditions.
Standard on all Altima grades for 2023 is Safety Shield 3603, which helps provide front, side, and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies. Safety Shield 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist.
Also standard on all grades is Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Driver Alertness and standard on the Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo grades is Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
The 2023 Nissan Altima will go on sale this fall.
Pricing has yet to be announced. The 2022-MY vehicle started at $24,550 for the entry-level Altima S FWD grade.