Eye-Catching Exterior Design. Nissan has made some noteworthy changes to the 2023 Altima’s exterior design for the new model year. The new styling is a large upgrade over last year’s sedan, which was a bit dull.

Most of the exterior changes occur at the front end. The 2023 Altima gets a new front end with a more prominent version of Nissan’s V-motion grille that now takes up a lot more space on the front fascia. Sharp LED headlights that have been updated are now standard throughout the lineup. The front air intakes on the side of the front fascia have also grown in size. Consumers will also find four new wheel options that range from 17 to 19 inches.

The changes aren’t radical, but they help the Altima stand up to snazzy midsize sedans like the Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, and Toyota Camry.

More Reasons To Skip Base Trim. The entry-level S trim continues to come sparsely equipped with a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, six audio speakers, and a single USB ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available until the SV trim, which comes with an 8-inch touchscreen.

If you needed more reasons to look past the Altima’s base S trim, Nissan has come out with a huge tech upgrade for the 2023 model year. A new 12.3-inch touchscreen is optional starting with the SV trim. In addition to a larger screen, the 12.3-inch unit also brings crisper graphics and an updated interface. Another reason to upgrade to a trim or package with the new infotainment system is to get wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

It's odd to see such a large gap in the level of features in the Altima lineup. Higher trims have high-end features, while lower ones have some of the most outdated features in the segment.

2023 Nissan Altima Interior

More Standard Safety Features. The 2023 Altima now comes with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced safety features. The suite includes more features than what you’ll find with the Altima’s competitors and includes forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system is still available on SV, SL, and SR trims. With a front-facing camera, a forward-facing radar, sensors, and an electronic control module, the system can handle a lot of the driving on the highway. The availability of the ProPilot Assist system is yet another reason to move up to a higher trim level.

Where’s The Hybrid Or Power? When it comes to performance, the Altima is all about moderation. Unlike its rivals, the Altima isn’t available with an efficient hybrid engine or a potent motor with gutsy acceleration.

The standard engine in the Altima is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that has a modest output of 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Those figures are for models with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive lowers output to 182 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. For a car that weighs upwards of 3,300 pounds, the standard engine doesn’t have the oomph to get the sedan down the road in a hurry. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) also saps any sportiness the base four-cylinder engine has.

Nissan offers the Altima with an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has a high-tech variable-compression system to make 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Oddly, the engine is only available on the SR trim and is exclusively offered with front-wheel drive. This engine helps the sedan feel significantly quicker in a straight line, but it’s nowhere near as powerful as engines you’ll find in competitors.

There is some good news to share with the Altima’s powertrains. The sedan is incredibly efficient for the class. Without any changes, the 2023 Altima should have the same fuel economy ratings as the 2022 model. That means the thriftiest Altima will be able to get up to 32 mpg combined, while the thirstiest will have a combined fuel economy rating of 29 mpg.

Final Thoughts. The changes Nissan made to the 2023 Altima have made the sedan more competitive, but they haven’t done enough to make the sedan a top choice. While the available 12.3-inch infotainment system is impressive and the sedan looks sharper than before, competitors have better engines, more well-equipped trims, and more extensive lineups. The Altima still has a way to go if it wants to compete with the leaders.

The Honda Accord continues to be a top choice. It has an available 252-hp turbo engine, an available hybrid model, athletic handling, a roomy interior, and an intuitive infotainment system.

The Hyundai Sonata is the best-looking sedan in the segment. It has a well-rounded lineup with a sporty N Line trim and an efficient hybrid model. Hyundai packs the Sonata with high-tech features and high-end interior materials.

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