The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently confirmed that the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan has obtained the 5-star overall safety rating.
Based on the information provided by the agency, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan got the highest scores in each of the individual crash tests simulations that were conducted on it. The agency’s website has revealed that evaluators gave the Altima sedan with the 5-star rating after completing the frontal crash test and side crash test. When subjected to the rollover crash test simulation, the 2013 Altima sedan has only earned the second highest score which is the 4-star rating.
Although, the Altima sedan failed to obtain the 5-star rating in the rollover crash test, it was still able to obtain the 5-star overall vehicle safety rating. Due to this, the current version of the Altima sedan could be considered as a better option compared to the last year’s model in terms of overall safety performance.
Due to this overall safety score, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan could now be considered at par with the two of its arch rival, namely the 2013 Hyundai Sonata and the 2013 Toyota Camry. The latest version of the Sonata and the Camry have also obtained the 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA earlier.
As of the present, the NHTSA has not yet subjected the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Honda Accord to the federal crash test simulations. These models are regarded as two of the key rivals of the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan and a lot of car experts are expecting that both of these would also obtain the same rating.
When asked as to how the Altima sedan was able to obtain the highest safety rating, Nissan would usually point out that this was made possible by the major redesign that the company’s personnel has done on the vehicle.
The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan obtained a lot of interior as well as exterior upgrades and these were most likely the significant reasons why the vehicle obtained the highest safety ratings compared to the previous year’s model. Many car experts believe that the changes made on the Altima’s body have also improved its resilience to crashes.
In addition to this, getting the highest safety mark was also made possible by the presence of a number of safety features such as the antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and an advanced airbag system on the vehicle.