2013 Nissan Altima hands-on preview: look out Camry, Accord, Mazda 6

We’ve all see a V8 Supercar pretending to be the Nissan Altima hooning around racetracks, but the real deal will soon make its way into Aussie showrooms.

At the 2013 New York Auto Show we got to kick the tyres of the new Nissan Altima. The car seen here is a top-spec 3.5 SL with all the fruit.

Credit: Derek Fung

Edgy, but not too edgy
Edgy, but not too edgy

It's not too out there, but it's certainly more exciting to look at than the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord that it's pitched directly against in America.

Altima vs. Camry vs. Mazda 6 vs. Accord

How does the Nissan Altima compare numbers-wise with its natural prey? Pretty much line ball. It’s almost as if these companies are designing their cars with one eye on the competition.

Altima †
Camry *
Accord ‡
Dimensions and weight
Length 4,864mm 4,815mm 4,865mm 4,862mm
Width 1,829mm 1,825mm 1,840mm 1,849mm
Height 1,471mm 1,470mm 1,450mm 1,466mm
Wheelbase 2,776mm 2,775mm 2,830mm 2,776mm
Weight 1,410kg – 1,522kg 1,465kg – 1,555kg 1,462kg – 1,573kg 1,476kg – 1,614kg
4-cylinder petrol
Displacement 2.5L 2.5L 2.5L 2.4L
Power 136kW 133kW – 135kW 138kW 138kW – 141kW
Torque 244Nm 231Nm – 235Nm 250Nm 245Nm – 247Nm
Transmission CVT 6-speed auto 6-speed auto CVT
Economy (hwy) 6.2L/100km ? ? 6.5L/100km
Economy (city) 8.7L/100km ? ? 8.7L/100km
Economy (overall) ? 7.8L/100km 6.6L/100km 7.8L/100km
V6 petrol
Displacement 3.5L 3.5L N/A 3.5L
Power 201kW 200kW 207kW
Torque 350Nm 335Nm 342Nm
Transmission CVT 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
Economy (hwy) 7.6L/100km ? 6.9L/100km
Economy (city) 10.7L/100km ? 11.2L/100km
Economy (overall) ? 9.3L/100km 9.4L/100km
Alternative powertrain
Type N/A Hybrid Diesel Plug-in Hybrid
Description 2.5L 4-cyl + electric motor 2.2L 4-cyl turbo-diesel ?
Power 151kW 129kW ?
Torque 213Nm (p); 270Nm (e) 420Nm ?
Transmission CVT 6-speed auto ?
Economy (hwy) 4.9L/100km ? ?
Economy (city) 5.7L/100km ? ?
Economy (overall) 5.2L/100km 5.4L/100km ?

† US-spec Altima.
* Max weight: Toyota Camry Hybrid HL and Aurion.
‡ US-spec next generation Accord.

Note: Fuel economy figures for the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord are based on the US testing cycle, which is different to the one used in Australia.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]