CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Nissan Altima has multiple problem trends including the CVT transmission, and now that this model is out of warranty, it earns our "avoid like the plague" badge.

Owners complain about vibration and transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a whining noise from the power steering pump, and constant windshield problems that appear to be the result of poor design.

Be warned: the 2014 & 2015 Nissan Altima appears to share these same problems.

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NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Driver FrontPassenger FrontDriver SidePassenger SideSide PoleRollover
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IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

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2013 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan

2013 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan Applies only to 4-door models.

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap FrontSideRearRollover
G Overall
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Left Leg Injury
G Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
G Structure
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A Overall
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Hip/Thigh Injury
P Lower Leg/Foot Injury
G Restraints
A Structure
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G Overall
G Structure
Driver
G Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
Rear Passenger
G Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
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G Overall
G Geometry
G Dynamic
TEST NOTES: Power cloth seats. Get the full IIHS report »
G Overall
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Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see www.iihs.org.

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