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2013 Nissan Altima Consumer Reviews

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2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

by 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...
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 killing my wallet. Anyway, my new job is a 35 mile round trip commute everyday and sometimes twice a day. So my top 3 things I was looking for was mpg, reliability and comfort while driving. The looks, sportiness, tech features, etc, all came after. To find my perfect car, I test drove a Camry, Accord, Regal, 2014 Mazda6, and a ford fusion and the Altima. My opinions on the other cars and why they didn't make the cut. The Camry was nice. No real complaints about driving it. It would make a great everyday back and forth drive. MPG numbers looked ok, the leather/cloth mix wasn't my favorite, but not awful. The regal was amazing. Huge on the inside and comfortable as a la z boy chair. The car was heavy though and slow. The tech was stupid and confusing. The Mazda6 was the one I was most excited about driving. It looks hot and its a mazda so you know it drives well. The deal breaker for me was the space between the door and the center counsel was small and it pushed my legs together. I couldn't find a way to sit comfortably ( I kind of like to relax and lean back when I drive). Also the touch screen for me was a little sluggish. The ford fusion is the best looking car out of them all. Come on, it has an Aston Martin front end. My problem is the way it drives. My commute route involves stop and go traffic and the ford fusion shifts to higher gears too quickly and the down shifts are harsh and buries the front end into the road. Last but not least is the Accord. It looks nice, has room for days and is comfortable. It was the first car I drove with a CVT. It seemed to me that Honda tried mimic gears. It was rather annoying. Now on to what I actually purchased. When I drove the Altima for the first time, I was in love. The CVT is amazing. It has no gears which means no down shift. So when I accelerate to 45 miles an hour, the car stays straight and smooth. Thats about what I learned on the test drive. MPG- I'm averaging 32 mpg in 95% stop and go traffic. My edge averaged 18. Big difference and it's been a big help. Reliability- I don't know. I have 6 friends with nissan altimas and they "run like champs." They all said that, I'm not kidding. So only time will tell. Comfort- I love leather. So I got an SL because it was the only way I could get leather. They are called zero-gravity seats made by NASA, but ignore that, they are just comfortable seats that you will love to sit in for 40 minutes our 8 hours. So my top 3 needs were met. Ok lets look at the other stuff. I love the way it looks. I think the ford fusion looks, but I put the Altima in second. The CVT, as I said before, I like. Yes, it whines when you push the peddle, but I actually kind of like the noise. Not only do I feel the car responding, I can hear it. I don't hear it when my radio is on however, its not that noisy. It handles well for a mid size sedan. It doesn't have full electronic steering. Its a hybrid between hydraulic and electric, so it's not overly easy to turn so I feel as if I'm in control of the car. Last, but not least, I have also have the tech package. The touch screen is quick and responsive. The GPS takes a little while to plan a route, but I try not to find myself in a hurry too often so it hasn't been a big deal. I pair it to my phone every time I sit inside. I call people from my car almost everyday and it's great. People can hear me clearly when I call them and I can hear them well through my stereo system. A note about that, the voice prompts are tedious. Let me give you an example. Hit the button, it brings up the list, hit the button again, call mom, it asks, dial or cancel, hit button, dial. then it dials. Getting a GPS locations is just as annoying. So be patient, it recognizes voices pretty well. I'm trying to be as truthful as possible so no, this car isn't completely perfect. The back up cam is TRASH. It's bad, you can't see at night and every other time is just looks awful. If there is a way to upgrade it one day, I will. BONUS: Cup holders are huge! Holds anything. Well thats all I think I know about the car for now. I hope this review helps.
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Good so far

by from Middle of Nowhere, Utah on December 30, 2012

2.5 S, over a month of ownership and over 2,000 miles. This is the replacement for our dependable but recall prone (28 recalls during ownership) 12 year-old minivan. PROS: Good ride, comfy seats, lar...
2.5 S, over a month of ownership and over 2,000 miles. This is the replacement for our dependable but recall prone (28 recalls during ownership) 12 year-old minivan. PROS: Good ride, comfy seats, large trunk, excellent highway gas mileage (39 mpg driving a steady 70 mph), quiet interior at speed, warms up quickly in very cold weather, stability and traction control nice during inclement weather, good pedal/seat/wheel relationship, remote start is nice to have, long range for key fob, good ingress/egress both front and rear. CONS: Lousy city/urban gas mileage (25 mpg), speakers aren't great, if the front seats are slid far back your elbow hits the B-pillar. This is the first vehicle I've had with a CVT. If driven with a gentle throttle foot, WOW, this is nice. But when getting on and off the gas hard, the tranny seems to get a bit confused and either hangs onto rev for quite a while or drops revs and then rebounds up. Not a problem, just a bit different compared to what I am accustomed. May just be the computer trying to figure me out. We do not have the lurching as others have noted, nor do we have the booming engine noise at low rpm. Speed through the main road in town is 30 mph and the engine is barely turning over 1250 rpm and all we have is smooth sailing. We did have a loud power steering pump, but that went away after the first 1,000 miles; the only unusual noise we have is a high pitched whine (like a turbocharger winding down) for a few seconds after the engine is turned off. The only explanation I have is this might be the high-pressure pump for the transmission. The only other concern I have is our car is an August build. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), structural changes have been made already during this model year starting with the November and later builds (http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=1738&seriesid=280). I don't know what this means other than a change was made and the IIHS recommends the Altima as a top safety pick only after November builds, but one may want to check the build date (driver side door jam) and get the November and later builds. Overall, we love the ride, seats, handling (kind of sports car like), overall fuel economy, looks, and the quiet cabin. We looked at over 20 different cars and were down to this and the Accord and chose the Altima. I would recommend this car, noting the build date.
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Very noisy and too many issues for a new car.

by from Maryland on March 2, 2013

If you are looking to spend $$$ and become a lab dummy for Nissan, this is the car for you. I purchased the 2013 Nissan Altima 2 months ago with a trade in (2009 Nissan Altima). My old Altima was gold...
If you are looking to spend $$$ and become a lab dummy for Nissan, this is the car for you. I purchased the 2013 Nissan Altima 2 months ago with a trade in (2009 Nissan Altima). My old Altima was gold compared to the new car. From the second day after taking it out of the dealership, there was loud whining noise, enough to scare you while driving. Took it back to the dealer, who thought it was the steering pump. After replacing the steering pump,the whining sound still was heard. Serv. manager said he tested it thoroughly. Anyways, additional repairs included AC pipe alignment, brake squeaking loudly at 200 miles, and center console sticking, the car is still noisy. I drove rental cars more than my own NEW car. If you purchase this vehicle, be prepared to hear the word, "Unfortunately" a lot from the dealer and service agents . Being a loyal Nissan loyal customer, I expected more from Nissan and will not be patronizing them in the future. My experience was also shared by folks who complained on NHTSA about the 2013 Altima. Do your research before purchasing this vehicle,otherwise you become part of the lab rat team like the current owners who consistently at the service shop for service issues.
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Does not recommend this car

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Worst car ever driven

by from Maryland on February 10, 2014

Ive driven my altima 2.5 sv for about 2 months now and hate it so much I want to trade it in. There are several rattles inside, first the dash rattles...the entire dash, like its not sittng in the cli...
Ive driven my altima 2.5 sv for about 2 months now and hate it so much I want to trade it in. There are several rattles inside, first the dash rattles...the entire dash, like its not sittng in the clips properly. The center vents creak when the heat turns on, the plastic is just expanding but I've never heard this from any other manufacturer. The moonroof creaks, but this is a rare occurrence. The pillar beside the passenger seat (not sure if its the seatbelt hardware itself) rattles...like somethings hitting metal. A common problem is the radio lights that do not turn on when you use remote start while the headlights are in auto mode. Supposedly, Nissan knows about this but its been at least 2 months and they say that the car needs to be reprogrammed. Lastly sometimes the passenger air bag light turns on while driving, with a person in the seat. The last time my mom was sitting in the seat and going down the highway the light came on. Basically I had hopes for this car as it looked awesome and many people praise Nissan but I'm stuck with this piece since the dealer cant find any one of these problems...hmm shocker that a dealer wants to sell you junk and not back it up....NEVER AGAIN NISSAN, GOING BACK TO TOYOTA.
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2013 Altima 2.5SL Nice Looking Not A Smooth Ride

by from Chicago, IL on December 13, 2012

Having driven the 2013 Altima SL 4 cyl. for 5,000 miles now I have some things to say. I have taken the car back to the dealer to address some issues. They are as follows: 1) Acceleration through 1,40...
Having driven the 2013 Altima SL 4 cyl. for 5,000 miles now I have some things to say. I have taken the car back to the dealer to address some issues. They are as follows: 1) Acceleration through 1,400 rpms is rough, the transmission seems to struggle creating a noticeable rumbling/vibrating sound which you can hear in the car. The dealer says that is normal for the 4 cyl. 2) The power steering assist motor is loud and you can hear a whirring sound inside the car. The dealer says that is normal. 3) Sitting at a stop light the car sometimes vibrates and shakes not violently but enough to notice. I drove a 2009 Altima SL 4 cyl. for 3 years and loved its smooth ride so much I was sold on the new model’s better looks but now I miss the 2009’s smooth ride. The gas milage is better and it does ride smooth under and over the 1,400 rpm range. One mechanic suggested I use premium gas to alleviate the vibration/rumbling around 1,400 rpm but that did not help. The issues above take away from the positive features of the car. For Nissan the issues above should be unacceptable and should be fixed.
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a piece of junk

by from California on March 5, 2014

i bought my 2013 altima in Sept. 2012, by Dec of 2012 i was having issues with brakes. Now, I have an issue with the check engine light on in my car. The check engine code shows that there is a proble...
i bought my 2013 altima in Sept. 2012, by Dec of 2012 i was having issues with brakes. Now, I have an issue with the check engine light on in my car. The check engine code shows that there is a problem with the MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR. Nissan (CA) changed out the sensor Jan 2014, less than 2 weeks later, the check engine light came back on for the same reason...MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR. In Feb 2014, Nissan told me that that part was under investigation however, they do not know when the investigation began or when it will end. I've contacted Corp (Nissan N.A) they failed to help me. I've taken my complaint to BBB...epic fail. The only thing Nissan is willing to do is repurchase my vehicle, however, under the Lemon Law in Ca, they are entitled to a collateral usage fee. what that means to me, since I am a road warrior, is giving them back my car and oweing them 9,500 dollars. I havent even paid 9,500 into my loan. And even if they give me back all of my car payment for the pass 15 months, its still short of 9,500 and I'm going to still going to owe them. Nissan has no fix for my car...they cant figure out how to fix it and refuse to recall the part or car all together... and I'm stuck paying for a car that I'm not happy with... that's not going to pass smog and eventually I'm not going to be able to register it. I feel so cheated. Im never buying another Altima again. I had a 2005 Altima for 8 years, never had a problem with it and love it so much i thought i was going to get the same quality in a 2013...boy was i wrong!
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Do not buy 2013 Nissan Altima. It has a vibration

by from Denton, Tx on February 26, 2014

I have tried my best to try to get Nissan to help me with a vibration problem that is occuring in my so called new car. I purchased this car June 1, 2013 and it was brand new. 6 Months later I am havi...
I have tried my best to try to get Nissan to help me with a vibration problem that is occuring in my so called new car. I purchased this car June 1, 2013 and it was brand new. 6 Months later I am having issues. The had to change the left front strut which was causing my car to make a thumbing noise when I was driving slow. My car was perfectly fine till I got it back and then I noticed the vibration in my car that you can feel through the steering wheel. Nissan dealership in Lewisville Texas made me seem as if I was crazy. I strongly advice you to stay away from Nissan Altima until they figure out what is causing their vehicles to vibrate making the ride very uncomfortable. The interior of the car is my favorite feature but it means nothing if I dont want to drive it cause I cannot stand this constant annoying vibration that with time will get worse. After researching this on the internet I found that many people complain to nissan about this and they will not do anything to fix this issue. They need to just recall them and build a better Nissan Altima. Make the car comfortable to ride in. Recall it and fix it. Fix the constant vibration that seems to be caused by the brackets that hold the engine not properly built right. This is a world wide problem and I will do everything in my power to make sure I help people from not buying this product and wasting their money in a vehicle that will constantly vibrate and annoy you. Imagine a tingling sensation running through your body starting from the hands to your feet. I am so dissappointed for not researching this vehicle before purchase. Please do not commit to high payment for a Nissan Altima 2013.
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dissapointed

by from Rochester NY on March 27, 2013

2013 Altima purchased 11/2012. currently has approx 6000 miles. It has been to 2 different dealers 3 times and is about to go back for a fourth visit. The vehicle is noisy. The engine makes an unaccep...
2013 Altima purchased 11/2012. currently has approx 6000 miles. It has been to 2 different dealers 3 times and is about to go back for a fourth visit. The vehicle is noisy. The engine makes an unacceptable growling noise and produces a vibration rattle. Per a tech...the transmission is new in the 2013's and is problematic. The engine RPM's are probably kept too low to help with the EPA mileage ratings. Nissan has a mess on their hands. There are numerous complaints by owners including a manager at one of the dealers. Unless they find a cure soon, this is NOT a vehicle to purchase!!!
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About to be returned under Lemon Law

by from Appleton, WI on March 17, 2013

This is the 3rd Nissan vehicle I've owned and is by far the most disappointing. I purcahsed the 2.5l S model after much research into other vehicles in the mid-size category. I needed a car large enou...
This is the 3rd Nissan vehicle I've owned and is by far the most disappointing. I purcahsed the 2.5l S model after much research into other vehicles in the mid-size category. I needed a car large enough to transport my 2 young children as well as get decent gas milage since I travel 70-80 miles round trip minimum each day. The advetised 38mpg highway was a major motivator into my purcahse. I purcahsed the vehicle with under 250 miles on the clock about 5 months ago. Since then I have had nothing but issues with it. From the get go, I knew something was up when I started getting 28mpg on a tank of fuel with about 440 highway miles out of the 480 miles to tank fill up. Around 1000 miles the vehicle started having starting issues. There are two situations that will randolmy occur with my car: 1-The car turns over vary hard and struggles to start as if the can is low on fuel. This happens at any fuel level. 2-The car turns over but fails to start. The computer times out after a short time to keep the starter from buring out. Again, fuel level is not a culprit. To date the vehicle has been in for service 5 times for the issues above, and has stumped the Nissan service crews (both local and national). I now have a computer modual installed under my seat to log all driving conditions until it happens again. I have recently filed my paperwork for Lemon Law and am now negotiating the return of the car to Nissan North America. I have been told this is only happening with my vehicle but then again, isn't that the definition of a lemon. That coupled with the issue of actual gas mileage has pushed me to look for other brands. Other issues I have found with the car: -The sun visors are usless. They are very short and do not help if you need to move them to the door window locations. -The low idle / low speed vibration that others are complaining about is annoying and seems to be getting worse as time goes on. -The plastic bumpers are very frail at tempertures around freezing. I hit a small snow/ice chunk at about 10 miles an hour and it put a huge 12" crack in the front bumper. -The blower fan has needed cleaning twice now for small leaves getting in past the cabin filter. (Apparently a cabin filter isn't supposed to filter out leaves?! It makes me wonder how much it's actually doing if leaves can get by it. But I've been told by the service department that "It happens all the time.") Besides that, the car is ok. The seats are comfortable and child car seats fit decent (both front and rear facing). But the issues I've had with the gas mileage and the starting issues are enough to make me stray away from another Nissan purcahse. Which is disappointing because the Altima had so much to offer.
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CVT ISSUES otherwise very nice car

by from NC on December 23, 2012

I have owned my 2.5 cv for just one month and already it has been back to the dealer 3 times for the same lugging noise and vibration issue. I experience the lugging under light throttle acceleration ...
I have owned my 2.5 cv for just one month and already it has been back to the dealer 3 times for the same lugging noise and vibration issue. I experience the lugging under light throttle acceleration from a stop at around 1500 rpm. I have lodged a complaint with Nissan Customer Care and have been assigned a Regional Specialist to handle my case. During my first conversation with the specialist, I was imformed that Nissan is aware of this problem and is working on a resolution. Meanwhile their current "fix" is to have the serpentine belt and its tensioner replaced with the same part number. Two days ago my vehicle was outfitted with the new belt and tensioner. I did noticed a fractional noise reduction but the swap did not significantly alleviate the the noise-vibration problem. Unfortunately, Nissan is attempting to cure the problem by treating the symptom. We all know that approach doesn't often produce very good results. The root of the problem is the CVT program. It is programmed to keep the RPMs extremely low, resulting in tremendous load on the engine, thus the lugging and vibration.With a simple CVT reprogram offered to those of us who are sensitive to the lugging noise and vibration, Nissan could make this issue disappear practically overnight. Unfortunately, Nissan seems to be trying 'Band Aid" fixes like belts and tensioners, presumably, in an effort to maintain its high EPA estimates.At the same time they are abandoning longtime loyal customers and spooking away new ones. Had I known this very annoying and frustrating problem existed, I would not have made the purchase. I am hopeful Nissan makes the right decision and quickly addresses the real problem..,the CVT, before owners like me start to Bail Out. Potential buyers should be aware that this is avery competive market with many excellent choices out there.
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