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Ever since the 1993 model year, the Nissan Altima has been a standard for American motorists looking for a solid good family car with great features and even better fuel economy.

For 2023, the Nissan Altima continues production with some cosmetic upgrades and drastic changes to safety and drivetrain features. Here is everything you need to know about the new 2023 Nissan Altima.

Better looking than ever before for this good family car

A white 2023 Nissan Altima, a good family car, sitting in front of a green lined wall on pavement.
2023 Nissan Altima | Nissan Motor Corporation

For 2023, the Nissan Altima continues its sixth generation, but many cosmetic changes make this model year stand out above previous ones. According to Car and Driver, the 2023 Altima is taking its already impressive sharp-edged styling and adding a new front fascia emblazoned with Nissan’s new logo, LED headlights, and new wheel options.

This Altima also has an upgraded 12.3-inch infotainment screen, available on all trim levels other than the base model. Garnett Pearl Metallic and Gray Sky Pearl paint colors also join the Altima’s array of exterior color options.

Performance of the 2023 Nissan Altima

Unlike many competitors, the Nissan Altima only comes in gas-powered drivetrains, boasting a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and optional 2.0L four-cylinder engine turbo models with a CVT transmission. Again, nothing out of the ordinary here, but the Altima brings one key feature many other vehicles in its class do not have—all-wheel drive.

Yes, the Altima is joining the likes of Subaru with an optional all-wheel drive version. Even more impressive is the fuel economy on the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Altimas. According to the Government Fuel Economy Website, the Subaru Impreza, a similarly-sized competitor with all-wheel drive, offers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

However, the Altima offers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 36 mpg city. Nissan went the extra mile to ensure their all-wheel drive Altima was in line with their competition regarding fuel economy. If you would like even better fuel economy ratings, the front-wheel drive model gives you some of the best fuel economies in its class at an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. A family sedan that can seat an entire family but still provide nearly 40 mpg on a regular gas engine? The Altima has it all.

New standard safety features

Also new for the 2023 Nissan Altima is its list of available safety features. The list of standard safety features grows for this model year with automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and high beam assist, all standard. The Altima also offers optional adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s semi-autonomous drive mode.

The ‘Perfectly adequate’ 2023 Nissan Altima

For families, the Nissan Altima is a safe, reliable option with surprising features seldom found on cars in its class. Starting at an MSRP of $27,945, the Altima is priced lower than the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord and offers features that are sometimes only found on higher-end cars. With all these features and details in mind, the Nissan Altima could be the perfect car for your family.

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