2013 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: 2013 Altima 2.5 SL - poor buil

2013 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)

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2013 Altima 2.5 SL - poor build quality
By sdginz13 on


2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


I have had the car for all of a week new. Previously mostly a Honda/Acura owner. Liked the design and the promise of great fuel economy wanted to try something new.

To date I am seriously doubting my purchase of a new Nissan. The factory in Tennessee as others have mentioned has some serious quality control issues.

For starters both front doors rub against the frame or fender when opening or closing. Also it appears that seat heaters were wired incorrectly from the factory.

In addition, the CVT has a hesitation at about 1500 rpm and vibrates the car.

Guess thats why people buy Hondas.

Best Features

The electronic interface (Navigation) is quick to respond. Also contrary to some other posts, I think the navigation is very intuitive. The Bose system also is suprisingly good.

Worst Features

CVT! Also the engine drone of the 4cyl is loud. Get the car built right from the factory. Misaligned doors, huge gaps in other seams. Overall poor quality.
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By sdginz13
on 02/04/13 09:46 AM (PST)

I'll add one more comment to my post regarding the fuel economy. To date after about 1000 miles on the car I achieved about 23.5 mpg. This was hand calculated not from the trip computer. Granted most of this was stop and go driving but it is no where near the 27 city mpg advertised. In addition, this was one of the most important reasons I purchased this car.

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By sdginz13
on 01/29/13 09:49 AM (PST)

In the last week, I have now discovered yet another serious flaw. The passenger airbag light says that the airbag is off when an adult is sitting in the passenger seat. This is potentially a major issue. Have called and registered complaints with Nissan, and they go unnoticed. Do yourselves a favor and look at the # of complaints registered already on the NTHSA website. You may choose to hold off on purchasing until Nissan gets their act together.

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By benjaminh
on 07/17/13 04:46 AM (PDT)

Have you traded in for a Honda?

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