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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,931 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Aug 022012


  • 400 miles


During coasting/deceleration from 35 down to 20 mph, the car will provide a sudden jerk at 25 mph while the A/C is on max. This devolved into tire skidding after a couple weeks while the dealership was test driving it for replication during the week of 8/20/12. The replacement car that I received on 8/28/12 started showing the same symptoms at 800 miles on 9/7/12. Current diagnosis of the manufacturer of the original car indicated the car required a new cvt. At the time, the eta for replacing the cvt (on the original car) was at least 3 weeks.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #1

Aug 092012


  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle began to surge. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The mechanic and service manager test drove the vehicle and felt the surge however stated that when inspecting the vehicle, the failure could not be duplicated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 7 and the current mileage was 500.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

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