The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima
has been anticipated for months, but Nissan chose the New York show for this best-selling model's official debut. With a much more adventurous, aggressive design than the outgoing generation, and a simple, uncluttered interior appearance, the fifth-generation Altima marks out new design ground without presenting anything that would alienate mid-size sedan shoppers. Fuel economy ratings will be up to 38 mpg highway, thanks mainly to a new CVT, and there's a new Drive-Assist Display and connectivity system in all models. Hybrid options are also on the way.
The 2012 Chevrolet Impala has some of the most weary bones (it's still derived from underpinnings that were rolled out in the 1980s) and plain-Jane looks of any large sedan, but that's all due to change for 2014. At the New York show, the next-generation Impala
was shown for the first time, and its modern design and up-to-date underpinnings should lift it back away from fleet-special status and onto shopping lists for families wanting a large, comfortable sedan. Versions of the 2014 Impala will offer a four-cylinder engine, a four-cylinder with GM's eAssist mild-hybrid system, and a top-of-the-line 303-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. All models get a six-speed automatic and ten standard airbags, and there's a long list of available active safety items. Chevy's MyLink infotainment and connectivity system is also on tap.
BMW is moving into a new, smaller segment with its upcoming X1 crossover
. Shown for the first time at New York, the X1 packs BMW's now-familiar turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engines and should, compared to the X3, sacrifice a little space for a more nimble small-car driving feel and some added big-city maneuverability.
Hyundai's mid-size crossover, the Santa Fe, is getting a full redesign for 2013
, and it was also shown first here at New York. With more fuel-efficient engines, new Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, a little more interior space, and a new exterior that showcases a “Storm Edge” design direction, the Santa Fe should prove a much more compelling rival to the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Equinox, and Ford Edge.