2013 Nissan Altima

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164 reviews
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Available Price Range $9,110-$18,358 Trims8 Combined MPG 26-32 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2013 Nissan Altima

Our Take

Nissan debuts a redesigned version of its popular Altima sedan for the 2013 model year. Available in summer 2012, Nissan expects the Altima to achieve 38 mpg on the highway with its four-cylinder engine. A V-6 engine remains available, as does the Altima coupe, which is largely unchanged for 201... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Four-cylinder drone when accelerating
  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Available text-messaging assistant doesn't work with iPhone
  • Bland interior styling

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2013
  • Four- and six-cylinder engines
  • 4-inch color screen in gauge cluster
  • Easy Fill Tire Alert honks horn when correct tire pressure is reached
  • Available text-messaging assistant, Pandora integration

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Upon entering the backseat of Nissan's 2013 Altima for the first time, my daughter exclaimed, "This is just what a limousine is like on the inside! At least, this is what I imagine a limousine is like on the inside!" The role of chauffeur was easily tackled during my week in the Altima. I don't always love that part of my job description as a mom to two school-aged kids, but it was,... Read full review for the 2013 Nissan Altima

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Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 164 reviews

2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

by 23 with a new car from Chicago, IL on September 6, 2013

I'm 23 and this is my first new car i've ever bought. First, I'd like to explain why I needed a new car. Until I bought my Altima, I drove a 2007 Ford Edge (which I loved to death), but the mpg was ki... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G

Other

Head Restraint
G
Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Altima 2.5

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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