NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2013 Nissan Altima was recently named the Most Ideal Mid-Size Car in the AutoPacific® 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards©. Based on a survey of over 52,000 new car and light truck owners who have driven their vehicles for 90 days or more, the Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize the cars that best meet owner expectations and desires.
Owners of the 2013 Altima expressed satisfaction in 15 key vehicle attributes, including exterior styling, cargo space, power, acceleration and safety features. This honor becomes the latest in a steadily-growing list of accolades for the 2013 Altima.
"In completely redesigning the Altima for the 2013 model year, we wanted to make sure that each customer need in this segment was addressed while neither skimping on fuel economy nor tech features," said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts, Nissan North America. "We're thrilled to be recognized by AutoPacific, which further validates the tremendous sales we've seen with a product that's also incredibly affordable, with a starting price of $21,860*."
The Nissan Altima continues to be one of the top selling mid-size sedans in the United States. Among the 2013 Altima's many attributes are fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine), premium exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials, and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and a fun-to-drive demeanor with projected best-level acceleration.
The fifth-generation Altima offers standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®. Also available are NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately); along with Easy-Fill Tire Alert and next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems.
Dynamic performance is provided by a choice of a redesigned 182-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine or a proven 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, with both engines mated to a standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). The premium interior design looks and feels a class above, with NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" front seats, available leather appointments and a standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster that integrates key information – including available turn-by-turn navigation, text messaging notification and audio data – right in front of the driver.
AutoPacific® is a future-oriented automotive marketing and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific® publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm also conducts extensive proprietary research and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
*MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice. Destination and handling $790.
**Cal emissions (PZEV) equipment causes nominal reductions in horsepower. PZEV vehicles are available in California and some northeastern states.
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