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2013 Nissan Altima

Midsize moderately priced car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
A
A
2011
G
G
A
A
2010
G
G
A
A
2009
G
G
A
A
2008
G
G
A
M
2007
G
G
A
M
2006
G
P
A
2005
G
P
A
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
P
2001
M
2000
M

Applies to 2013-14 models built after November 2012

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2013 models built after November 2012, structural changes were made to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The tested car was built after the structural changes were in place.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well. Lower hinge pillar intrusion measured 23 cm, but all other lower interior intrusion measures were under 15 cm. Maximum intrusion of the upper interior was 11 cm, measured at the instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,178 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length191 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1231
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)23
Footrest (cm)11
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)3
Parking brake (cm)14
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)0
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)6
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)11
Lower instrument panel (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1231
Head
HIC-15143
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)7
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Femur (kN)
Left1.7
Right0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.28
Right0.34
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.9
Right0.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left79
Right98

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the Altima were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Injury measures

In each test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,151 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1206CEF1208
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)56
Left (cm)78
Center (cm)77
Right (cm)119
Brake pedal (cm)1012
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)12
Right (cm)33
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-7-8
Rearward (cm)11
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)00

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1206CEF1208
Head
HIC-15158148
Peak gs at hard contactno contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)15 19
Maximum Nij 0.24 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)28 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.1 0.2
Femur force - right (kN)0.2 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0 1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1 0
Maximum tibia index - left0.28 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right0.38 0.52
Tibia axial force - left (kN)0.91.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.31.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left4253
Right6865

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4-door
Weight 3,177 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1209
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-12.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1209
Head HIC-15292
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)29
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.60
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)58
A-P moment (Nm) 204

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1209
Head HIC-15159
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)37
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)39
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.71
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)1.5
Combined force (kN)1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.4
L-M moment (Nm)28
A-P moment (Nm) 160

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,115 lbs
Peak force16,485 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.29
Tested vehicle
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)2
Distance below top of head (mm)38
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.1
Head contact time (ms)49
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)266

Applies to 2013-15 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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