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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,388 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.

2013 Nissan Altima steering problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #11

Apr 202013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 160 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel shifted to the sides. The contact also stated that the steering wheel was stiff and required extreme effort to steer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 160.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #10

Mar 222013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,105 miles
2013 Nissan Altima sv purchased 02/2013 vehicle has 1732 miles whining noise from power steering is unbearable steering is not too good feels like wandering. Brought back to dealer and was told Nissan is working on it. Filed a complaint with Nissan corporate and was assigned a case manager who said that this was only the second time she heard of this happening well that S a lie because the dealer said it is happening and more than twice someone needs to check this out power steering unit.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 282013


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds a loud noise emitted from the engine area. The defect also occurred whenever starting the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the noise originated from the power steering pump which functioned as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000.

- Woodmere, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 082012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 200 miles


The car wonders on the highway, you need to always correct the steering, it is very distracting.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 192012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 20 miles
I purchased my Nissan Altima 2013 S car on 17 October 2012 with 12 miles. Approximately two days later after buying this vehicle, I began hearing a constant whining noise coming from the engine compartment at a very low speed, a drumming slapping noise when I abruptly brake, a rather disturbing metal clunking sound that seems to generate from the fuel tank and finally intermittently clicking sound from the engine compartment at a high rate of speed. These sounds ar extremely nerve wrecking for a brand new car. I brought my car to three different Nissan dealerships for inspection at least seven times only to be told that these concerning sounds are normal conditions for this model. The car has also hesitated multiple times on start up. Filed a complaint that led to nowhere because Nissan North America, Inc insists that these are "normal" conditions for this vehicle.

- Brookeville, MD, USA

problem #6

Feb 052013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I am writing to you in the hope that someone will look into my complaint and safety concern with the power steering pump of the new 2013 Nissan Altima. There has been no accident to date. This complaint concerns the newly designed 2013 Nissan Altima that when driven has a constant, annoying noise that sounds like morse code. This noise problem has apparently been identified by Nissan as coming from the power steering pump due to other owner"S complaints about the noise. Nissan claims this is a ?normal noise? and both the dealer and the Nissan customer service center are aware of the multiple owner complaints about this noise, yet will offer no corrective service to eliminate this disturbing noise emanating from an apparent defective power steering pump. 2013 Altima drivers need to be warned of the possible defect of the power steering pump and to be alert and report any problems in steering while driving. As an owner of a 2013 Altima, I am extremely disturbed about the dealer?S and Nissan"S response to my complaints about the power steering pump that it is just normal noise. I have owned 7 new cars over my lifetime, the last 2 being 2009 Altima, and have never had such a noise from the power steering pump. My car and work experience is that unusual noise from a pump means that something is wrong with the pump; and usually the pump has to be replaced before its tragic failure. Nissan's non-response to fix or replace this power steering pump in the 2013 Altima is unconscionable, and should not be condoned as an acceptable business practice regarding the safety of the vehicle occupants. I respectfully request that this issue be investigated to determine whether the power steering pump is defective or not - before there are serious accidents caused by the pump failure.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Nov 202012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100 miles


At highway speeds over 65mph vehicle wanders. Wandering creates the need for constant corrective steering action. Steering is extremely sensitive. Any wind or passing vehicle exacerbates problem. Vehicle feels very unstable at highway speed. Nissan North America had me take vehicle back to dealer. I did so today(freedom Nissan in burlington, vt). Vehicle has 5225 miles to date. Service director [xxx] confirmed that he felt the same problem at highway speed. Tire pressure was checked ok. An alignment was performed, minor adjustments made. On departure, service director said that the vehicle is mechanically correct. That the wandering is normal. On the drive home, there is no difference from prior to my visit to the dealer. No notable difference from alignment. I joked that I should buy a few hundred pounds of sand. I will not buy another Nissan product. This vehicle is unpleasant to drive, and the wandering and steering sensitivity are potential safety hazards on the highway. I have left a message for my case manager at Nissan North America. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Williston, VT, USA

problem #4

Nov 182012


  • 1,400 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing two times. The second time the vehicle was taken to the dealer the technician advised the contact that the vehicle needed a front end alignment performed. The alignment was performed however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 1,400.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 272012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 155 miles
On our first trip following purchase of the car, we noticed that the car was not tracking in a straight line at highway speeds. This condition was not noticeable at speeds lower than 65 mph. Above that speed, the car wanders in the lane requiring continuous adjustments to the steering. Inattention to the drift would allow the car to cross into the adjacent lane. The problem appears to be caused by the new steering system on the 2012 Altima. It uses a power-steering system that consists of a hydraulic rack driven by an electric motor. We brought the car to the dealer and their test drive service manager confirmed the problem. After he talked with Nissan usa, however, he disavowed ever saying that he noticed any problem. Numerous contacts with Nissan usa have resulted in no action to remedy the problem. The internet includes many 2013 Altima buyers complaining about this problem. Nissan management says that we just "need to get used to it." This problem while it may sound minor, can be a serious safety issue on the highway. We have found that we often overcorrection to the lane drift, sending the car to the opposite side.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 102012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,569 miles
On Aug. 10th we recd an email from the empire Nissan fleet mngr [xxx]. he stated that they needed to have the car back and would pay our first mth pymt and give us a replacement car of like kind and quality. They would not tell us why the veh needed to be returned. We notified Corp Nissan Consumer Affairs dept and they contacted empire Nissan. They finally advise that the reason they need the veh back was because there was an open campaign on it with a single recall. We agreed to return it for the repair. We took the veh back to Nissan and later on that day, we were notified there were 10 recalls found on the veh! at this point we realized that was why they wanted to swap the veh. They agreed to give us a rental car during repairs. We picked up the veh & as soon as we left, there was a constant buzzing noise coming from the car, there was a lot of road noise and whistling from the windows, the engine was loud. We called the GM [xxx] & ask them to buy the veh back & they told us that we were asking too much and that we are acting like we are the victim. We also called the svs mgr, [xxx] to make have the veh serviced again. He was rude and said he didn't want to get in the middle of this with the manufacture & to not bring the veh in to them for svs & they will not be providing a loaner nor a rental for us. He stated he would have an engineer come out to look at the veh to determine the cond. We have heard nothing. Nissan has been evasive and has not been honest with us. Knowing that veh had several mechanical issues, they allowed us to cont to drive this veh and put us in danger with no regards to our safety. Just a day ago we saw on the news there are now two more recalls on our veh. Now a total of 12 recalls on a brand new car! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
On interstates car wanders all over road requiring both hands on wheel making constant corrections to stay in lane and is severely buffeted by passing trucks and busses. At lower speeds constant corrections are still required to avoid running off road.

- Nottingham, NH, USA

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