2013 Nissan Altima Earns a Top Safety Pick+ Rating From the IIHS

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG]Altima along with the Accord, Fusion and Passat are IIHS crash test standouts in the hotly contest midsize segment.

    [fflash=left]http://www.youtube.com/v/2dnGCCdvAYU?version=3[/fflash]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 20, 2012

    2013 Nissan Altima S - $21,500 to start ($22,500 with CC on the SV so forget about the S) with its included CVT AT and a 27/38 mpgUS city/highway rating. It performed well on the IIHS’ all-new “small overlap” crash test as well!

    The completely redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima has just received an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award adding to its 5-star crash test rating it received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) this past September.

    The 2013 Nissan Altima First Drive

    The new Altima is quiet, comfortable, affordable and efficient. An all-new aerodynamic design provides not only a modern look but a more premium appearance. Overall body weight has been reduced by 80 pounds from its predecessor by utilizing an aluminum hood, aluminum bumper reinforcements and expanded use of high-tensile steel.

    The coefficient of drag has been reduced by five percent to 0.299 through smoothing airflow around the body, and adding six air deflectors and two large underbody panels.


    Achieving the best-in-class fuel economy of 27/38 mpgUS city/highway, the Altima's new 2.5L Puredrive engine (meaning it meets or exceeds the industry-average US Federal CAFE standards for model-year 2016) while weighing 11 pounds less than the engine it replaces. It also provides seven more HP to a class competitive 182 HP. Variable valve timing on both exhaust and intake, and the new intake system opens the valves at a higher rpm. Torque is rated at 180 lb-ft.

    Mated to the 2.5L is Nissan’s latest CVT. The new CVT features expanded gear ratio coverage (7.0:1) with a lower 1st gear and higher ratio overdrive that helps reduce noise and definitely lowers its fuel consumption.

    The new CVT also includes a Lift Foot Hold function that holds the gear ratio if the accelerator pedal is momentarily released and then reapplied, such as when merging onto a freeway; and a Brake Downshift function that "downshifts" the transmission when braking is applied before entering a corner, so re-acceleration is enhanced when exiting the corner because the CVT is already in a lower gear ratio.

    Suspension and Steering Bits

    A new multi-link rear suspension incorporating Active Understeer Control is included. The new design starts with a new structure with enhanced stiffness, helping enhance stability, tracking and response to steering inputs.

    Refined toe angle control is achieved with the addition of new connect bushings, resulting in enhanced tire deformation compensation when cornering, and improved camber angle control under load helps increase tire contact with the road, also when cornering.

    When behind the wheel, it holds the road well while still providing a compliant ride. All manufacturers are getting really good at this as of late and Nissan is no exception.

    The new Active Understeer Control system utilizes intelligent control logic and high-response brake actuators to brake the inside front wheels during cornering (as required) to increase yaw-moment using the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)/Traction Control System (TCS) as its base. When a driver turns a front-wheel drive car in situations such as merging onto a freeway from a cloverleaf, the tendency is for the car to understeer. With Active Understeer Control, the Altima turns even quicker making it easier for the driver – whether in dry, wet or snowy conditions. Active Understeer Control is almost undetectable when it operates and is designed for everyday operation rather than just emergency evasive maneuvers.

    I have yet to take the Altima to those limits so any reference to this capability is more PR than substance at this point.

    The all-new Altima uses a unique hybrid Electronic Hydraulic Power-Assisted Steering (EHPS) system. The hydraulic assist allows a greater reduction ratio than with gears mated to a small motor while the small electric motor, which runs directly off the 12-volt power supply (no converter) does not need to be mounted directly on the steering rack since a large reduction ratio is obtained. The result is very smooth steering at higher speeds and 100% assist at parking lot speeds.

    2013 Nissan Altima - A profile like none before it

    The sleek appearance adds not only to its appeal but also its fuel economy.​

    2013 Nissan Altima Safety

    Last night the 2013 Nissan Altima received another safety accolade with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick Plus" designation, which recognizes passenger vehicles for excellent performance in not just the previous four but not five passenger safety tests.

    Starting with 2013 models, the IIHS introduced more stringent criteria and requirements to include the "Top Safety Pick" front, side, rollover and rear crash tests, as well as the newly added small overlap frontal crash test. The Altima scored almost perfect in of the tests, adding the "Top Safety Pick Plus" award to the five-star safety rating it received in September from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program.

    2013 Nissan Altima – IIHS Top Safety Pick+

    2013 Nissan Altima – NHTSA 5-star Crash Test Rating

    The Nissan Altima arrives with a variety of standard active and passive safety features.

    On the active front, the All-new Altima is equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Override Technology.

    Passively the Altima provides a new Advanced Front Air Bag System, side and side curtains, 3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system, LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with an optional Easy Fill Tire Alert.

    Additional safety options include a Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection systems using an innovative single rear camera.


    While the base is $21,500, to receive CC, you have to purchase the S which also includes a 6-way power driver’s seat, auto headlights and a proximity key for an extra $1,000 USD.

    If you opt for the 2.5L SV for $24,100, you can add a Power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open/close and tilt feature, folding outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, mood lamp in roof console, fog lights, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding rod extension, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with digital compass and 7” touch screen NAVI with weather and traffic for an additional $1,940.

    The receive the next-generation Safety Shield technologies, including Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection systems using a single rear camera, you have to purchase the SL with the Technology Package and at $29,920, there are a lot of more fuel efficient midsize offerings with what I deem to be better value to consider.

    The Altima floor and trunk mats add an additional $205 to the price tag as well.

    Fortunately there are currently great discounts to be had on the 2013 Nissan Altima as shown below.


    This means a brand new 2013 Nissan SV for $20,391 + Tax Title, License and Doc. This dealership forces $418 waste for etch and door edge guard so it is really $20,809 USD.

    What do you get for that price?

    A beautiful modern midsize sedan with 102 cu. ft. of passenger volume, 15 cu. ft. of cargo volume (trunk), 17 in alloys, auto headlights, chrome exhaust tip, an Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Bluetooth Hands-free phone system and streaming audio with steering wheel controls, Nissan Intelligent “proximity” key, dual zone auto climate, AM/FM/CD audio system with 5" color display and Rearview camera, Nissan Connect, Leather wrapped wheel and shifter and Tpms with Easy Fill Tire Alert. This is a heck of a great price for a midsize sedan so well equipped.

    2013 Nissan Altima Interior – SL trim shown.​


    The all-new 2013 Altima just got better with its superior crash test ratings, being the most affordable mid-size sedan with an AT in the segment, advanced sound deadening while still keeping the weight down, an excellent CVT that is light years beyond the CVTs we have become to know and sometimes despise, and wipers that take care of themselves. The new 182 HP 2.5L is tuned for the amazingly high fuel economy while still providing the “Best-in-Class” oomph with a 60 mph dash time of just over 7-seconds. And I even liked the CVT that provides both a quiet demeanor at highway speeds and excellent fuel economy.

    The 2013 Nissan Altima Preview in Smyrna, TN.

    A short 114.3 mile RT drive over the rolling hills of Tennessee’s I-40 from downtown Nashville and back.​

    That is a scary high number regardless if we do not yet know its actual mpg with a calibrated result. The all-new Altima does not receive as much press as it should but that does not detract from the fact it is one of the best mid-sizes out there currently.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012
  2. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    If I was in a "logical" mood to buy a new car today. .... the S model would be near the top of my list.

    Because ...
    1. Low to mid 30's mpg
    2. No battery (hybrid) liability
    3. Comfortable interior
    4. Room
    5. Big enough to feel a little safer
    6. Big enough to provide a decent, quiet ride
    7. More than enough power, acceleration
    8. Regular gas
    9. Price

    1. Some spotty maintenance history with Nissan that I've heard of .... specifically paint and metal

    /from a practical standpoint, once you clear 30 mpg (especially with regular gas) you are in the area of diminishing returns to try and move up on the mpg scale, ... imo
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

  4. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    This is the car that Ford should have built.

    This would have been the natural (smart) progression of the old Taurus.

    Although I like the Fusion's looks, it just doesn't come any where close in the "bang for the practical buck" category, .... a category which Ford has nearly abandoned.
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    Ford is certainly pricing their vehicles at a premium nowadays.

    All, while I do not know how long Nissan Holiday $500 extra cash lasts (through Jan. 2,2012), this one is a "bargain" as a brand new 2013 Nissan Altima SV can now be picked up for < $20K.


    A brand new 2013 Nissan SV for $19,891 + Tax Title, License and Doc. This dealership forces $418 waste for etch and door edge guard so it is really $20,309 USD.

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    For the 2014 MY, the Nissan Altima is slated to receive more than a few enhancements.

    The enhancements include:
    • Technology Package replaces previous Navigation Package on 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV grades (late availability) – includes NissanConnect with Navigation, NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration and SiriusXM Travel Link, plus Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning

    • New Sport Value Package with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote engine start, trunk lid spoiler (2.5 S models)

    • New Display Audio Package available on 2.5 S and 3.5 S (late availability) – includes 5.0-inch color display, RearView Monitor, USB port, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (standard on 3.5 S, SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration for iPhone and Android, diversity antenna

    • New accessory 16-inch alloys

    • Gun Metallic exterior color replaces previous Metallic Slate; eight available colors total

    • Chrome exhaust finishers added to 2.5 grade

    • Improved navigation system capabilities – NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration for iPhone and Android, SiriusXM Travel Link (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores), SiriusXM Weather, revised button labels

    • Standard driver and front passenger visor illumination and extensions on 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 3.5 S grades (previously part of Convenience Package)

    • Rear passenger air conditioning vents added to Convenience Package (from previous standard on SV grade)
    The 2014 Nissan Altima is offered in seven trims: Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL with 182 hp 2.5L DOHC I4 and the 270 hp 3.5L S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL.[/list]
    The latest generation Xtronic CVT is standard on all models.

    All will reach dealership showrooms early next month.

  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Dealers love to order "packages".
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Yesterday Nissan announced pricing for the US spec 2014 Nissan Altima sedan which is on sale today nationwide. The fifth-generation design Nissan Altima offers a number of enhancements for 2014.

    Altima is leading the expansion of NissanConnect connected car services with NissanConnect Apps (coming this fall), a global smartphone integration platform that includes in-vehicle smartphone integration for Android and iPhone operating systems. Launch apps include Online Search powered by Google and Facebook, and will later include iHeartRadio and Pandora. In addition to the new app integration, the NissanConnect with Navigation system's capabilities will include SiriusXM Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie times, stock updates), and revised button labels.

    Other Altima enhancements for 2014 include revised seat cloth, enhanced noise isolation, and chrome exhaust tips on all models. A new Sport Value Package with 16-inch alloys, remote engine start and trunk lid spoiler has been added, along with a new Technology Package that includes NissanConnect with Navigation, NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration and SiriusXM Travel Link, plus Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning. A new Display Audio Package includes a 5.0-inch color display (mistake with to small a screen here :(), RearView Monitor, USB port, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (standard on 3.5 S, SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), NissanConnect Apps and diversity antenna.

    The 2014 Altima Sedan is available in seven well-equipped models – the 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL featuring a 182-hp 2.5L I4 and the 3.5L V6. In consider the V6’s. Every 2014 Altima is equipped with a standard Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

    Nissan Altima Sedan Pricing *

    Altima Sedan 2.5 CVT$21,860$21,760
    Altima Sedan 2.5 S CVT$22,380$22,280
    Altima Sedan 2.5 SV CVT$24,180$24,080
    Altima Sedan 2.5 SL CVT$27,760$27,660
    Altima Sedan 3.5 S CVT$26,160$25,760
    Altima Sedan 3.5 SV CVT$28,360$28,260
    Altima Sedan 3.5 SL CVT$30,660$30,560

    Add $790 D&H for both 2013 and 2014.
    * All prices are quoted in $ USD.


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