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Verdict

7.0 / 10

Design | Comfort | Tech | Performance | Safety | Fuel Economy | Pricing | FAQs

The Nissan Altima doesn't have the same accolades as some of the other alternatives in the class, even though it’s been around in the US for as long as I have. With a 2023 model year update, Nissan’s longstanding mid-sizer does come slightly closer to the competition for this year. But there’s still a lot of ground to make up.

The facelifted Altima looks sharper, inside and out, and has better tech all-around. Plus the sporty SR model – while still not a full-blown performance sedan – gets more aggressive for 2023 with additional exterior tweaks and a slight suspension tune.

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Quick Stats 2023 Nissan Altima SR
Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-Liter I4
Output: 236 Horsepower / 267 Pound-Feet
Drive Type: Front-Wheel Drive
Efficiency: 25 City / 34 Highway / 29 Combined
As-Tested Price: $37,060

Gallery: 2023 Nissan Altima SR: Review

Design

6/10
  • Exterior Color: Gray Sky Pearl
  • Interior Color: Black w/Red
  • Wheel Size: 19 Inches

Even though it has the same basic look that debuted on this sixth-generation model back in 2018, the 2023 Altima's updated V-Motion grille features new “black chrome” accents exclusive to the SR model. That gives it a more aggressive look. The sharp, birds-nest-style 19-inch wheels are new for 2023, too, as is the $395 Gray Sky Pearl paint. It’s a genuinely beautiful hue that falls somewhere between not-quite-silver and not-quite-white.

The Altima's interior is a mix of hard plastics and nicer soft-touch points with dual-stitched accents on the door armrests and seats. It feels on par for the segment in terms of quality and overall look.

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Comfort

6/10
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Seating Configuration: 2 / 3
  • Cargo Capacity: 15.4 Cubic Feet

The inside of the Altima is roomy and offers excellent visibility. The driver's seating position is a bit odd as the pedals are placed too deep in the footwell, but the leather-trimmed “Zero Gravity” front seats are excellent. They have eight-way power adjustability with lumbar support and heating functionality, which means it was easy for me to get comfy. What's immediately obvious, though, is that the 19-inch wheel and tire combo, plus the tuned suspension, both affect the ride quality. The ride is firm and too much outside noise enters the cabin – road, tire, and engine alike.

Technology & Connectivity

6/10
  • Center Display: 12.3-Inch Touchscreen
  • Instrument Cluster Display: 7.0 Inches
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: Yes/Yes

One of the biggest changes to the Altima for 2023 is the arrival of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. On the SR trim, it also includes wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The upsized display has a hugely improved interface with a cleaner home screen and neatly arranged apps, but the graphics still aren’t totally crisp. And the backup camera suffers from the same low-quality resolution.

Performance & Handling

3/10
  • Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-Liter I4
  • Output: 236 Horsepower / 267 Pound-Feet
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable

The good news here is that the variable-compression turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is an upgrade over the outdated, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter unit. By the way, the 2.5 is the only engine available if you want all-wheel drive. But even in the optional mill, there’s too much turbo lag off the line and it takes the Altima too long to get moving quickly. Once the turbo does kick in, there is some good torque, but the continuously variable transmission whines in protest if you press the throttle too aggressively.

Nissan also says it tuned the SR’s suspension to be more dynamic. And while this car does handle well enough compared to other non-performance-oriented mid-size sedans, we wouldn’t go so far as to call it “sporty.” There’s still a generous amount of body roll and the suspension really isn’t up for the task of tight corners.

Safety

8/10
  • Driver Assistance Level: SAE Level 2 (Hands-On)
  • NHTSA Rating: Five Stars Overall
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick Plus

Every Altima comes standard with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, high-beam assist, and more. Opt for the SL, SV, or SR models – like the one we tested – and ProPilot comes standard. ProPilot remains one of the better active safety systems out there and does an excellent job of keeping the vehicle in the lane.

Fuel Economy

7/10
  • City: 25 MPG
  • Highway: 34 MPG
  • Combined: 29 MPG
Efficiency: City: Highway: Combined:
2023 Nissan Altima SR VC-T 25 MPG 34 MPG 29 MPG
2022 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T 22 MPG 32 MPG 26 MPG
2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line 23 MPG 33 MPG 27 MPG
2023 Kia K5 GT 24 MPG 32 MPG 27 MPG
2023 Toyota Camry TRD 22 MPG 31 MPG 25 MPG

Pricing

2/10
  • Base Price: $25,290 + $1,095 Destination
  • Trim Base Price: $28,585
  • As-Tested Price: $37,060

Given that it doesn’t really move the needle in terms of performance nor does it offer much additional equipment over the more affordable SL or SV trims, the Altima SR isn’t a great value. This version starts at $36,085 with the $1,095 destination fee included and costs $37,060 as tested with options like paint and wheels.

The 290-hp Hyundai Sonata N-Line is quicker and more dynamic for slightly less, as is the outgoing Honda Accord Sport. Heck, you can even get a full-bore, 300-horsepower Toyota Camry TRD for less than the cost of an Altima SR.

Pricing: Base Price (w/dest.): Trim Base Price: Comparable Spec Price:
2023 Nissan Altima SR VC-T $26,385 $36,085 $37,060
2022 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T $27,615 $30,075 $34,055
2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line $26,045 $35,420 $35,820
2023 Kia K5 GT $27,815 $32,815 $37,460
2023 Toyota Camry TRD $27,315 $34,380 $36,965

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FAQs

Does The 2023 Nissan Altima SR Have A V6?

No, the Nissan Altima SR offers either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with front-wheel drive.

Is The 2023 Nissan Altima SR Fast?

Yes, but some rivals are quicker. The Nissan Altima SR has 236 horsepower and will hit 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds, which makes it slower to 60 than the Honda Accord Sport 2.0T (5.5 seconds) and the Hyundai Sonata N-Line (5.3 seconds).

What Is The 2023 Nissan Altima SR’s Fuel Economy?

The Nissan Altima SR is the most efficient car in the class returning 25 miles per gallon city, 34 highway and 29 combined.

2023 Nissan Altima SR VC-T

Engine Turbocharged 2.0-Liter I4
Output 236 Horsepower / 267 Pound-Feet
Transmission Continuously Variable
Drive Type Front-Wheel Drive
Speed 0-60 MPH 5.8 Seconds
Efficiency 25 City / 34 Highway / 29 Combined
Weight 3,329 Pounds
Seating Capacity 5
Cargo Volume 15.4 Cubic Feet
Base Price $25,290 + $1,095 Destination
Trim Base Price $36,085
As-Tested Price $37,060
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