Nissan’s redesigned 2013 Altima sedan lets you fill your tires properly with neither guess nor gauge.
When the tire-pressure warning system alerts you to a low tire — which it does by displaying the pressure and the relevant tire(s) instead of lighting a worthless warning bulb in the dashboard, as your cheaper car companies do — you drop into the gas station and grab the air hose. As you fill the tire, the car’s four-way flashers come on to confirm that air is going in.
When the tire’s full, the horn chirps to let you know you’re done.
Altima goes on sale June 26, starting at $22,280 including shipping for the base four-cylinder, $24,880 for the 2.5 SV four-cylinder, which is expected to the most popular, and $28,830 for the base V-6, called SL.
Nissan expects the four-cylinder to get a government rating of 27 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 31 in city/highway combined.
The V-6 already has its government rating: 22/31/25.
Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., factory completes its so-called Job One later today — the first showroom-ready car to come off the assembly line. Altima also will be built at Nissan’s Canton, Miss., factory. The 2013 Altima Job One there comes later. The Altima coupe that’s based on the car being discontinued will carry over as a 2013 model unchanged. Nissan wouldn’t give specifics about a coupe version of the new model.