The 2023 Nissan Altima Is Still a Bargain After Small Price Bump

With a minor refresh, the 2023 Nissan Altima looks to continue to be a bargain leader sedan thanks to some generous standard features and available options that carry through from 2022. Let’s see what you get for your money as you spend just over $26,000 for the base model S in FWD and just over $36,000 for the SR VC-Turbo, with its racier options and variable compression turbo engine. If you want more wheels being driven, you’ll start with the SV AWD at nearly $29,000, while the top of the line for 2023, the SL, starts at just over $34,000.

Let’s start with the standard equipment that comes in every 2023 Nissan Altima. You’ll get Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, which is their suite of driver warning and assist technologies like auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, and rear auto braking. You also get standard LED headlights, the new “V-motion” grille, and two new exterior paint options.

Optionally on the SV and SR, you can get the 12.3 inch HD color touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with navigation, wireless phone charging, and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. However, that screen comes standard on the SL and SR-VC Turbo. Another standard on the SR VC-Turbo and SL is ProPilot Assist, which is Nissan’s adaptive cruise control that works with stop-and-go traffic and steering. It’s also available as an option for the Altima SV.

The standard engine on the Altima for 2023 continues to be the 2.5 liter I-4 that gets 28 mpg city and 39 highway for a combined EPA rating of 32 mpg. For the SR and SL models, the mileage drops to 27/37/31 mpg and will also come on the AWD versions of the Altima. The SR not only continues to have the VC-Turbo as an option, but is still only available in FWD. Hopefully Nissan has worked on the driveability of the VC-Turbo’s 2.0 liter turbocharged and variable compression I-4, otherwise, we still might bet against it. Meanwhile, the 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque the engine produces belies the efficiency of the engine with its 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined rating from the EPA.

The S trim Altima FWD starts at $26,385 for 2023, which is only $810 more than the 2022 and $70 of that is from the increase in destination charges—going from $1,025 in 2022 to $1,095 in 2023. Next on the FWD plate is the SV, which is now $27,185 or $610 more than 2022. The 2.5 liter version of the SR comes in at $28,585 for an increase of $1,010 while the SL is now $2,070 more than 2022 at $33,085. The top of the line FWD model is still the SR VC-Turbo which is $36,085 for 2023 and is the biggest increase over 2022 at $4,070. That’s a rather substantial hike and, again, we hope Nissan used that increase to improve the driveability of a rather fun to drive car, minus the issues with the timing of the turbo and variable compression changes.

For the AWD, the only model not returning in 2023 is the Platinum trim. All other trims return with price increases, just like the FWD models. The SV, the base trim of the Altima AWD, rings up for $28,685, a modest $710 increase over the 2022 version. The AWD version of the SR trim comes out to $30,085 in 2023, which is $1,110 more than the 2022 and a $1,500 premium over the FWD version in 2023. The top trim for 2023 is the SL and it starts at $34,585, which is more than 2022 with a $2,170 difference in price.

2023 Nissan Altima FWD MSRP
S $26,385
SV $27,185
SR $28,585
SL $33,085
SR VC-Turbo $36,085
2023 Nissan Altima AWD MSRP
SV $28,685
SR $30,085
SL $34,585

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