The sixth-generation Nissan Altima (also known as the Teana) recently got a facelift for the 2023 model year since its introduction in March 2018. In addition to the usual visual changes, the D-Class gets some new tech to ensure it remains competitive with the likes of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, Toyota Camry and Subaru Legacy.

The Altima will go on sale in the U.S. this fall in no less than eight variants, namely S FWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SR FWD, SR AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD and SR VC – Turbo Front Drive.

As before, there are two four-cylinder engines to choose from, including a direct-injection 2.5-liter naturally aspirated DOHC unit that delivers 188 hp and 244 Nm of torque in FWD models and 182 hp in AWD models and 241 Nm of torque.

Another option is a 2.0-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine with turbocharging, direct and multi-point fuel injection, and electric actuator arms for variable compression – 8:1 (high performance) and 14:1 (high efficiency) ). The VC-Turbo is only available on SR FWD models and continues to put out 248 hp and 370 Nm.

Both engines are paired to an Xtronic CVT that drives the front wheels, and paddle shifters are standard on SR models. Nissan’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is available on some models and automatically distributes torque to the wheels (0:100 front to 50:50 front rear) based on road and driving conditions.

The new front fascia you see here is an updated expression of the Japanese brand’s V-Motion grille, designed to give the Altima a sportier look, while also bearing the latest Nissan logo. What sets the SR variant shown here apart from the rest is its grille with unique inserts and a black chrome finish.

The shape of the pointed headlights remains unchanged, although they now feature LED technology as standard – the turn signals are still integrated into the daytime running lights. As for the rear, it remains almost unchanged, with angular two-piece taillights, dual exhausts and diffuser-like elements being key cues.

For 2023, Nissan will offer two new exterior colors – Grey Sky Pearl and Garnett Pearl Metallic – joining the previously available Scarlet Ash, Bright Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Pearl White Tri-coat, Glacier white and dark blue pearls. There are also four new alloy wheel designs, including a 17-inch kit for the SV and a separate 19-inch wheel design for the SR, SL and SR VC-Turbo.

The cabin of the new Altima is still largely familiar, but the dash trim and SR get a new double-slit interior fabric design. The current Nissan logo also appears on the steering wheel, joining other available features such as a 7-inch multi-information display, zero-gravity seats (which provide the driver with eight-way power) and dual-zone climate control.

Notable improvements include a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the dash (upgraded from the previous 8-inch unit), offering features such as door-to-door navigation, wired Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay and a WiFi hotspot. These, along with a wireless phone charging pad, are standard on the SL and SR VC-Turbo variants, but are also available as an option on the SV.

Other creature comforts that can be specified for the Altima include a Bose Premium Audio system with nine speakers, active noise cancellation, Amazon Alexa support, a range of NissanConnect connectivity services and telematics.

In terms of safety and driver assistance, ProPILOT Assist is standard on the SL and SR, but optional on the SV. The system uses a front-facing camera and radar along with a suite of sensors to provide features such as active lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, surround-view monitors and traffic sign recognition.

The smaller variant now has previously optional features including automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning. These are bundled into the standard cross-range Safety Shield 360 kit, which also includes automatic emergency braking.