Edmunds.com: 2013 Nissan Altima Is Best Midsize Sedan

Nissan2013Altima_9When it comes time to put their money where their mouths are, the experts at Edmunds.com are talking up the 2013 Nissan Altima. In fact, in the website editors’ recent ranking of “the vehicles we’d buy for ourselves,” the oft-praised Altima was the No. 1 choice in the Midsize Sedan segment ahead of strong rivals like the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Toyota Corolla.

Edmunds.com called out a number of advantages for the 2013 Nissan Altima, starting with its stellar EPA grades.

As noted by Edmunds judges: “On the 116-mile Edmunds test loop, an Altima 2.5 managed an incredible 39.7 mpg, which is at least 5 mpg superior to its aforementioned fellow class leaders. That thriftiness was achieved in part by the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is nevertheless swift to respond to throttle inputs when you need to call upon its ample power.”

Of course, for those who want more-than-ample power, owners can step up to a high-performance V-6 engine that still “manages to blend speed and efficiency.”

Also coming in for praise was the Altima’s “nice balance between refinement and engagement,” as well as technology that’s “incredibly easy to use and simply work[s] better than the rest.”

“With the redesign of the 2013 Altima, we set out to be the best mid-size sedan in the marketplace,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts for Nissan North America. “The combination of 38 mpg fuel economy, sleek styling and abundant technology makes the new and improved Altima the best overall package in the segment, and we’re thrilled for the third-party validation from Edmunds.com.”