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Day by Day Review: 2013 Nissan Altima SV car test drives nissan daily car reviews
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Ah, this week I am behind the wheel of one of Canada’s bestselling mid-sized sedans. The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima is the bestselling Japanese mid-sizer in Canada — yes, Nissan sells more Altimas than Honda sells Accords or Toyota sells Camrys, believe it or not.

Although Nissan will say this is an all-new model — and there certainly are many changes — there are still many things that stay the same, including the drivetrain for the most part. Although there are a few tweaks to the engines and transmission, they are not wholesale changes.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Nissan Altima SV car test drives nissan daily car reviews
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The 2013 Altima starts at $23,698 for the base 2.5 model. My tester is a 2.5 SV, which adds a few nice features for a starting price of just $26,998. The only other options on the SV are a navigation package that was included on my tester for $900, paint colour, which was a $135 option on my tester and the free choice of charcoal or beige fabric seats.

The SV model adds the following to a basic 2.5 Altima: Nissan’s intelligent key, heated outside mirrors, automatic headlights, dual exhaust with chrome tip, trunk switch, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, power sliding glass moonroof, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, remote engine start system, rearview monitor, upgraded audio system with five-inch colour display, USB connection, XM satellite radio and hands-free text messaging assistant.

That is quite the package to be honest and from what I can tell from my short time with this new Altima in SV trim — unless one desires leather, jumping up into a higher trim seems cost prohibitive.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $29,862

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).