Now that the Platinum trim has been dropped, the Altima trim selection consists of S, SV, SR, SL, and SR VC-Turbo. The first four get a 188-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine however, while the SR VC-Turbo upgrades to its namesake turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder variable compression engine, which puts out a satisfying 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) pairs with both. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option for the SV, SR, and SL.
The S and SV are the most fuel efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 27 mpg around town and 39 mpg on the highway; the SR and SL get the same city mpg, but their highway rating drops by 2 mpg. The addition of AWD changes the numbers to 26 city/36 highway. In return for its extra engine output, the SR VC-Turbo is slightly less efficient at 25 city/34 highway.
One example of that touch of luxury found in the Altima is that remote start comes standard – something not many cars in this class can claim. The base S also has keyless entry, LED headlights with automatic on/off, push-button ignition, a 5-inch multi-information display, cloth seats (the second-row seatback splits 60/40 and folds down), and 16-inch steel wheels. The SV’s upgrades include proximity entry (Nissan Intelligent Key), 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, and a 7-inch digital gauge cluster (Drive-Assist). The SR swaps in sport cloth upholstery, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome exhaust finishers, darkened exterior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, illuminated vanity mirrors, and geometric-patterned silver interior trim.
The SL leans toward luxury with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control (which can be set remotely), exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, acoustic laminated glass, chrome exterior accents, a body-color rear diffuser, a heated steering wheel, dark wood interior trim, and wireless phone charging. The seating is upgraded with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, lumbar support for the driver, and rear-seat HVAC vents. Aside from the stronger engine, the SR VC-Turbo gets a rear spoiler, a charcoal-colored rear diffuser, splash guards, active noise-cancellation technology, sport-leather upholstery, and carbon-fiber interior trim.
The 2023 Altima is equipped with an expanded version of Nissan Safety Shield 360. All trims now receive automatic high beams, intelligent driver alertness, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent forward collision warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, rear parking sensors, and hill start assist. Starting with the SR, active ride control and intelligent trace control become standard. The SL and SR VC-Turbo both have ProPILOT Assist adaptive cruise control, a surround-view monitor, intelligent lane intervention, traffic sign recognition, and automatic brake hold.
A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition technology comes standard on the lower trims. Its other components are Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, six speakers, Siri Eyes Free, a USB-A port, and an auxiliary audio input jack. All but the S trim add SiriusXM satellite radio, smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), and three additional USB ports (one type-A and two type-C). The SL and SR VC-Turbo upgrade to a 12.3-inch touchscreen plus navigation, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Bose sound system (nine speakers), a Wi-Fi hotspot, and NissanConnect remote vehicle services.
Nissan presents two optional bundles for two Altima trims. The SV Premium Package is bursting with technology upgrades that the trims above it get standard: a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, NissanConnect remote vehicle services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging. As far as safety technologies, this package adds ProPILOT Assist adaptive cruise control, intelligent lane intervention, an electronic parking brake, active ride control, intelligent trace control, automatic brake hold, and traffic sign recognition. For high comfort, it adds heated front seats, power lumbar support for the driver’s seat, a moonroof, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. To top it off, there are some aesthetic improvements: body-color side mirrors, dual chrome exhaust contains everything in the SV Premium Package (if it hasn’t already been mentioned as standard equipment) plus a power front passenger’s seat, sport leather seats, and attractive carbon-fiber interior accents.
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