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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,448 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Oct 312013


  • 18,000 miles


We pulled in to a gas station and I reached down in the dark to release the fuel door. My husband put gas in the car and we headed for home. Suddenly, the hood flew up against the windshield completely blocking my view and scaring the living daylights out of us. Fortunately, I was able to stop the car without having an accident. When we got home, upon inspection, we found pretty extensive damage to the hood and side panels. I took the car to the dealership who works on our car and was given a very pricey estimate. I feel that the safety on the hood lock should have prevented this from happening. Fortunately, there were no injuries but it could have been much worse ( it could happen when I have my baby granddaughters in the car ) and something should be done for the safety of all.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #14

Nov 282014


  • 25,000 miles
The incident happened at around midnight.the hood popped open while the vehicle was being driven.fortunately, there were no vehicles in the front or rear.this scared the hell out of us.we checked the internet to see if any similar incidents were reported.we found that 238,000 nissa Altima 2013 were being recalled because of this problem.we brought the matter to the dealer, S attention as well as to the attention of the manufacturer.we have been told tha the VIN of our vehicle is not part of the recall.Nissan has refused to repair the vehicle.the hood is damaged on both sides near the windshield because it slammed into windshield when it popped open.we are demanding justice and repair of our vehicle and a safety check.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #13

Nov 032014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
There is currently a recall on the car for the hood latch. Apparently, all that is done is they bend the hood latch. Therefore, there is no money in it for the dealers and I can't find one that will perform the work. One, autonation Nissan, said they would do it but only if I scheduled other work at the same time. I contacted Nissan, but they refused to get involved.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 042014


  • 30,000 miles


Driving the 2013 Nissan Altima at approximately 6:30am, going approx 10-15 miles per hour the hood unexpectedly flew open. The car was pulled over to the side of the road and the hood closed. The impact of the hood flying open bent back metal near the windshield on both fenders and the bumper was scraped hitting a curb or something on the side of the road. Due to the early hour there was no accident or injury as no other cars were on the road. If this would have happened 15 minutes later, we would have been on a major highway going 60 mph. Phone calls were made to Nissan and as well, the vehicle was taken to cochran Nissan (dormont, pa). In both instances we were told that there were no issues with the hood latch and Nissan would not pay for any repairs. Oddly though, the dealership was willing to provide us a new hood latch at no cost (would have to pay labor to install). I reported the incident to my insurance company. Their adjuster clearly found fault with the hood latch and in an unscientific test that he performed, the hood failed 9 out of 9 times. Calls were again made to Nissan with this information and we were told 'sorry'. they were not taking responsibility for any damages to the hood, both fenders and front bumper. Even though we were informing them of all the reports we had found on the internet of the same thing happening all across the country with 2013 Nissan Altima. We were told that most likely what happened was the hood release was used instead of the gas tank door release, as these 2 releases are right next to each other. (does someone see any fault in that?). the claim for approx $2700 went against my insurance company and I was issued a check for $2200 to have the vehicle repaired. Given the news on the recall I will be working with my insurance company to recover the $2700.

- Bridgeville, PA, USA

problem #11

May 132014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 51,950 miles
Driving to work, going about 45 mph. With no warning the hood just flew up to the windshield. I was able to stop promptly, and did not have an accident. My hood was not popped open, and it was not just the safety latch holding it, it just popped open. I was so lucky not to have been on a busy street, so no accident occurred.....however $3175 damage to my car had to be fixed. There has to be a problem with the latch... this is my 4th Altima, and I have also worked for a Nissan dealership....never heard of this happening before, ,,,until now.....

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

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problem #10

Jun 102014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 40,739 miles
While driving down the road, the hood of the vehicle popped open, slamming the hood on the cab of the car obstructing the view. When the hood hit the cab it pushed the compartment, that holds sunglasses out and hit me in the head. The hood was securely latched before driving! that day I drove to work, back home and then to the store. It was when I was heading back home from the store that my hood latch failed therefore slamming it onto the cab and obstructing my view of the road. Luckily I was able to see under the hood to drive off the busy highway. I live in North ga there are plenty of places on that road where I could have drove off the road there are no guard railings!

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #9

Apr 302014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


While I was driving the vehicle on a residential neighborhood at a rate of approximately 30mph, with my six month-old baby in the back seat, the hood flew open and smashed into the windshield. I narrowly avoided losing control of the vehicle despite having my view completely obstructed by the presence of the hood on the windshield. Evidently, I had accidentally pulled the interior hood release while refueling being that the hood release and gas gage release are right next to each other. Nevertheless, as I am certain you are aware, the secondary latch should have prevented such a nearly tragic sequence of events. As a result of the hood colliding with the windshield, the vehicle has sustained significant damage.

- Jamesburg, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 142014


  • miles
When I got in the Altima the hood was securely latched. When I hit 25mph the hood flew up, blocking my windshield and preventing me from seeing.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 092014


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated he noticed that the front quarter panels were peeled and bent backwards. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,0000.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 162013


  • 3,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the hood erroneously unlatched while the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the failure was caused by ice and cold temperatures. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 3,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 032013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 26,367 miles


I went to gas station to fill my lawn mower gas can. I thought I opened the trunk where the can was stored. It didn't open so I re-clicked the latch. Trunk opened. Got back on the road, small town, no traffic and my hood flew open and back against the windshield. I may have inadvertently hit the hood latch the 1st time-not sure but regardless, the secondary catch should have prevented this at 25 - 30 mph. What if I had been on expressway? no damage to me but $2100 damage to car. I am insured. They are replacing the fenders where they were torqued backward, the hinges where sprung, and the latch mechanism because unsure why secondary latch did not hold. Was at Nissan dealer within past month in cincinnati and hood has not been opened - no inkling anything wrong. I don't feel this has anything to do with dealer as I have driven numerous miles since at 65-70 mph. No warning light in display so evidently this failure is not connected to a warning sound or light. At this low speed, the windshield and hood looks ok initially - but more damage may appear as they work on the car. I have a rental due to the safety concern of carstar estimator. I feel there could be some improvement made here to prevent this.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 292013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The car was traveling between 25-30 mph when the driver swerved to miss a deer that had jumped out of the woods. The car went off the road and into some trees and a rock wall. The front end of the car was damaged pretty extensively (total loss), with damage to the drivers side fender and a direct impact to the center of the vehicle pushing the interior bumper approx. 10" back and into the radiator. The airbags did not deploy during this crash. We had been told previously that Nissan had a recall for the passenger air bags, and when it was brought to the dealer, nothing was done because they ran a report stating that our vehicle was not due for the recall. After showing the dealer pictures of the damage, their response was that "they couldn't believe that the airbags didn't deploy, and that "they believed that they should have". I have pictures of the damage, and I also have video evidence of my daughter sitting in the passenger seat with the airbag light on stating that the airbag is off. This was shown to the dealer prior to the crash, and still nothing was done to investigate the issue further. When I showed the GM of the dealership the video, and told him that nothing was done to repair it, his response was "god forbid that anyone of us got into an accident and the airbags didn't deploy'!! a few weeks later....that's exactly what happened. I believe there is a huge problem with the airbag systems of these cars, and something should be done before someone is severely injured or killed during a crash.

- Lyman, ME, USA

problem #3

May 202013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 6,400 miles
About 2 months after getting this car I noticed a rattling noise coming from the sunroof on the right side of the car. The noise got more pronounced when running over some small bumps even at low speeds. I took the car to route 23 auto mall service department in butler, NJ; the same dealer where I got the car. Below is a list of dates and issues that have taken place with this car. 06/07/13 " took car in for rattle noise and NHTSA recall 13V-158. Noise confirmed and new headliner ordered. 06/17/13 ? headliner replaced, however noise remained the issue was not addressed. Called and explained the issue to the dealer. New appointment set. 06/25/13 ? dealer states that the issue was now fixed, however the noise still remained. Dealer broke pillar covers and now they are not sitting properly, presenting a very dangerous issue. 7/10/2013 ? called Nissan's national Consumer Affairs department and explained the problem. Case: [xxx]created to track these issues. Spoke to [xxx] at extension [xxx]. suggested I get a 2nd opinion. 7/12/2013 ? low pressure warning light for left front tire comes up. Added air. Issue came back again later in the day. Added air a second time, issue corrected. 07/16/2013 ? took car for second opinion to ramsey Nissan in New Jersey. Dealer verified complain. Dealer noticed missing insulation and broken pillars. Noise issue seems be fixed now. New pillars on order. 07/18/2013 " low pressure warning coming from left rear tire. This is a brand new car and I find it unacceptable that I'm encountering all these issues this early. I do not feel safe driving this car and I'm now left wondering what issue will be next. I fear for the safety of my family when I drive this vehicle as it seems there is a new problem every other day. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 312012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 300 miles
The welding in the four doors display broken. The line is getting bigger and a I am worry about the body of the car. Places that I can't see the welding.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #1

Jan 092013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 13,500 miles
I have had this car for 5 months and bought it brand new and it has been nothing but problems that Nissan cannot resolve. On top of all of the recalls, brake and starting issues it now starting to fall apart. Recently I have been noticing a noise coming from the windshield almost every time I drive and especially when I am driving 60-75mph on the interstate. The noise I have been hearing sounds like small rock hit the windshield and at other times I hear a cracking noise. So here recently I was driving on the interstate at 75mph and hear something flapping on the windshield and notice that it is the rubber seal that goes around the windshield. So I pull off at the next exit and reattach the seal. The car is only 5 months old and nothing should be coming off like that. Also my car has black interior and it tends I be much hotter on inside especially in direct sunlight. One day I left my car parked in the direct sunlight and got it and the interior was pretty warm and I was going to plug my phone in and the A/C outlet inside the cubby under the radio and as soon as I tried to lift the outlet cover it cracked and broke off. I traded in my 2010 Altima for the 2013 because I loved my previous Altima and I had 60K on it and never had a problem with it. I thought I was buying quality and reliability when I purchased a Nissan, but that has not been the case. I have had the car only five months and having mechanical, exterior and interior issues. This will be the last Nissan I own, I will be getting a Camry next time I purchase a car.

- Coden, AL, USA

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