The 2013 Nissan Altima midsize sedan has been advertised as really fuel efficient from the get-go, boasting a fuel economy rating of 38 mpg on the highway. But we’ve just found out that it’s a pretty safe car, too.
Having recently undergone testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the 2013 Nissan Altima scored a perfect five-star safety rating as part of a tougher set of standards set for the 2011 model year. Under the same set of rules, the previous-generation Nissan Altima scored four stars, suffering a setback in frontal collision protection.
Not only is the 2013 Nissan Altima stronger and safer than its predecessor when it comes to accident protection, but it’s also better at avoiding those situations altogether.
Like all other new cars sold in the U.S., the 2013 Altima boasts stability control as standard. Additionally, it has intelligent headlights, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and moving object warning sensors available, too. When we drove the 2013 Nissan Altima, one of the cooler safety features we didn’t have space to mention were its easy-fill tire sensors. When a tire is filled to their recommended levels, the horn will honk once. If it’s overfilled, the car will honk continuously until the pressure is lowered. It sure beats carrying around a pen-sized gauge in your car kit and trying to align it on the little prong.
Now on sale for its second whole month, the 2013 Nissan Altima is beginning to pick up a lot of steam. Not that the Altima was unpopular—the 2012 model was the second-best-selling sedan in America last year—but the car is outpacing last year’s record numbers despite the heightened competition from a fully recovered Honda and Toyota, which both felt the brunt of the Japanese earthquake disaster last year.
Safety’s a pretty big priority in the family sedan segment for many people, and we’ll be keeping an eye out to see if Nissan will see yet another bump with the five-star NCAP news like it did when it started advertising its high fuel economy.