Nissan has updated the Altima sedan for 2023 for the U.S. market, with styling revisions and upgraded onboard technology. Pricing will be announced closer to its launch date this fall. The 2023 Altima lineup includes 8 trims: S FWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SR FWD, SR AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD and SR VC-Turbo FWD.
The styling revisions are mainly on the front fascia with a redesigned V-Motion grille that houses the new Nissan logo; redesigned bonnet to match the new grille design; redesigned front bumper, and four new aluminum-alloy wheel designs that range between 17- and 19-inches depending on the trim. The SR trims boast a sporty black chrome grille frame with a unique grille pattern that differentiates it from the other trims. LED headlights are now standard and come with integrated turn signals which double as daytime running lights. It appears that the front fog lights on the bumper have been let go. A single-panel moonroof can be found in the options list.
The refreshed interior features a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen, a 7.0-inch driver display, NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seats, optional leather upholstery, optional 8-way power driver’s seat, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation system, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging pad, and WiFi hotspot. Further options include a 9-speaker Bose audio system, Active Noise Cancellation, Amazon Alexa, and NissanConnect Services (standard on Altima SL and SR Turbo).
ProPILOT Assist comes standard on Altima SL and SR Turbo trims. Standard on all Altima trims for 2023 is Safety Shield 360 suite, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection; Rear Automatic Braking; Lane Departure Warning; Blind Spot Warning; Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Driver Alertness are also standard on all trims. The SL and SR Turbo trims get Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Around View Monitor as well.
Powering the 2023 Altima is a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 140 kW (188 bhp/190 metric hp) and 244 Nm (180 lb-ft) of torque. However, if you opt for AWD, the output figures change to 136 kW (182 bhp/185 metric hp) and 241 Nm (178 lb-ft). Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for FWD models and 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for AWD models.
For those who want more, the SR trims offer a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine option with 185 kW (248 bhp/251.5 metric hp) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque when filled up with 93 octane fuel. Official fuel economy ratings are 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
In both cases, transmission is a CVT. The SR trims come with standard paddle shifters that offer a simulated shifting experience.