Last week’s photo showed the front of the totally redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima, the automaker’s midsize sedan that it hopes can knock the Toyota Camry down a peg or two. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Bill Guthier, of Aiken.
He wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “This has good reviews and is a very attractive sedan, made in the USA in Smyrna, Tenn.,which is 13 miles from Nashville, with another plant in Decherd, Tenn., which is 88 miles from Nashville near Tullahoma (Jack Daniel’s country). The third plant is in Canton, Miss. Our great-nephews worked in the Smyrna plant when it opened in the early ’80s.”
Also, Lowell Fritsche
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Available for pre-order only, this is the first of five all-new vehicles to be introduced by Nissan. Following over the next several months will be a completely redesigned Sentra and Pathfinder, as well as a compact version and an electric version of the NV.
“There is a current promotion where if you pre-order the Altima within the next week and take delivery up through October 2012, Nissan will throw in three years’ worth of factory-recommended maintenance, so it must be hitting the dealer lots within the next few weeks.
“From what I can tell, there is just enough styling difference to tell it apart from the current model. The real difference seems to be in the technology and engineering that has gone into the new model. The most noteworthy fact is that the estimated gas mileage (highway/city) jumps from 32/23 to 38/27 for the 2.5L four-cylinder and from 27/20 to 31/22 for the 3.5-liter V-6. That’s some impressive numbers for a vehicle of this size.
“Nissan claims weight reduction and a lower coefficient of drag as the primary reason for this gain, but I am sure that the continuously variable transmission being the only available transmission has a lot to do with those numbers, too.
“The CVT has a manual mode that can be shifted with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, and I have read some positive reviews of this general concept, but having ridden in a friend’s 2010 Altima with that CVT and experiencing that ‘boat planing’ feeling of acceleration in the normal CV mode, I’m just not too sure of it.
“The Altima is only available in front-wheel drive, so I think that I will continue my quest for a true manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan or coupe as a replacement for that elderly Suburban of mine.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The vehicle shown in this week’s ‘What Is It?’ is the totally redesigned Nissan Altima. The Altima, Nissan’s bread-and-butter sedan for 20 years, now wears fresh sheetmetal and front-end styling that closely resembles the styling cues now being showcased on Infiniti’s new models.
“In addition, Nissan has tweaked the base I-4 engine with variable timing on both the intake and exhaust valves, resulting in improved power and fuel economy.
“With a hot new body, fresh face, more power and a plethora of electronic safety and comfort features, the Altima takes a fresh bead on the class sales-leading Camry.”
EVANS: Bill Harding wrote: “The 2013 Nissan Altima can be equipped with either an inline 4 or a V-6. Either engine comes with a continuously variable transmission.
“Your first time behind the wheel with the CVT can seem a bit unsettling because there are no gear changes. When you drive away from a stop, the engine revs up to what seems to be an abnormally high speed and then stays there.
“Although Nissan makes both manual and normal automatic transmissions available in its trucks and smaller cars, the Altima and its near-twin, the more-expensive Maxima, have only the CVT.
“You can run the sticker up to around $34,500,and in so doing, you will have a very nicely equipped Altima, which makes you wonder why the Maxima even exists.”
Also, Darrell Adair and Jerry Paul
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski and Jeff Miller