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2023 Nissan Altima: new face, new cabin technology

2023 Nissan Altima: new face, new cabin technology
The Nissan Altima brings optional four-wheel drive and some of the most comfortable seats anywhere to the affordable mid-size sedan brawler. But that’s a battle full of well-designed cars, so it’s currently in last place on our list of the best mid-sized cars.

Nissan won’t have that. The Altima has undergone an extensive revamp (though not a complete redesign) to make it more competitive for the 2023 model year.

Nissan has not yet announced prices. The 2022 model starts at $24,900, plus $1,025 in shipping and handling. Most cars will see a price increase before 2023 due to supply chain concerns and higher parts shipping costs, so we expect that price to increase.

Makeover in the front

Visual changes are limited to the front of the car, but they are dramatic anyway. The grille has been enlarged. It’s wider, taller and extends to the bottom lip, essentially eliminating the front bumper (visually – the car can still bump into curbs at low speed without damaging critical components).

What used to be a U-shaped chrome grille surround is now just strips next to the large maw. It’s a look more common in the luxury classes and does a lot to dress up the Altima. On sporty SR models, those chrome rims are darker.

Angular new LED headlights are standard. Each trim gets several new wheel designs.

New infotainment technology

In the cabin, the big change is a new infotainment screen. The base S model gets the same 8-inch model as before. But optional on the SV and standard on the SR, SL and SR VC-Turbo editions is a new 12.3-inch display that’s among the largest in its class.

Wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot come with the big screen.

Enhanced Safety Systems

Standard safety equipment includes front and rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear crossing warning and automatic high beam. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system is standard on the Altima SL and SR VC-Turbo and optional on the SV. It adds intelligent cruise control and lane centering.

The 2023 Nissan Altima will hit the market this fall.