New and Notable:
If you're looking for a four-cylinder, mid-size sedan, you've probably looked at the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata, but none of those cars can claim to be the fastest in their class — that spot is taken by the 2013 Nissan Altima, which in addition to its performance also has great mileage, a smooth ride, and even NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" seats.
The base version of the fully redesigned Altima starts at a very reasonable $21,700 and comes with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that cranks out a reasonable 182-horsepower and provides mileage to the tune of 27/38 mpg city/highway. Nissan also offers an optional 3.5-liter V-6, that puts out a hefty 270-hp and has the acceleration of a German sports coupe.
The interior is surprisingly roomy for a mid-size sedan and surprisingly luxurious for one so affordable. The redesigned cabin comes with more shoulder room and comfortable seats. It's crowned by minimalist dashboard that doesn't overwhelm you with buttons and knobs while providing all the necessary features and looking like it came out of a much more luxurious brand. Optional features include a navigation system, Bose audio system, heated seats, and even a rear facing, self-cleaning camera that provides the driver with blind-spot monitoring, accidental lane departure, and rear proximity detection.