2013 Nissan Altima gets a five-star rating in the NCAP crash testing

Article by Christian A., on October 6, 2012

The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Nissan Altima a five-star rating (from a maximum of five). A four-star rating was given to the last-generation 2012 Nissan Altima on the same test. The interior of the 2013 Altima has driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags.

It also features blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems. Of course, the 2013 Nissan Altima isn’t the only midsize sedan to be given five stars on the NCAP test. Other models that earned the rating are the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, 2013 Hyundai Sonata, 2013 Kia Optima, 2013 Toyota Camry, and 2013 Volkswagen Passat.

Vehicles that earned four stars are the 2013 Chrysler 200, and 2013 Dodge Avenger. The NHTSA has not rated the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Honda Accord so far.

The 2012 Ford Fusion got four stars. Meanwhile, the 2012 Honda Accord was given five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t yet given the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan a rating. The IIHS said last August that it will test the new Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry next.

As one of the United States’ best-selling cars in 2011, the 2013 Altima is among the five latest Nissan cars that will be introduced for the next year. As a result, many of its loyal clients are eagerly looking forward to the launch of its fifth generation model.

According to Carolin, the safe philosophy that would have been followed by most carmakers was to go with the trend in order to avoid disappointing the current owner base. This principle is however inconsistent with the Nissan motto ‘Innovation for All’. As a result, Nissan took its most celebrated model and redesigned almost everything about it including its appearance, its feel, its driving experience, as well as the technology that builds even the tiniest of its details, from its windshield wipers down to its headlights.

The outcome is a sedan that is inspired by its credible reputation, established for more than two decades and four generations. It is built for reliability and superior quality, and integrates the desired values of fuel efficiency, innovation, premium design and powerful performance.

From the several new attributes of Altima, what truly stands out from the rest is its sophisticated appeal in both of its interior and exterior details, which can easily be observed at first glance.

Initially, buyers of mid-size sedan are encouraged to purchase by the intelligent and rational facets of the decision which includes the reliability, comfort and value of the product. This aspect is a common package among vehicles. Altima buyers, however, are not easily satisfied with driving a regular and boring sedan. Instead, they are rewarded not only by reaching the rational requirements but also by fulfilling the emotional desires of the client. This is clearly achieved by its exceptional driving performance and elegant appearance.

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