With all eyes turned to the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Nissan has quietly announced that its all-new 2013 Nissan Altima has been awarded a 5-star overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its New car Assessment Program (NCAP)

Awarded top marks for both frontal crash and side crash protection, the 2013 Altima was given a 4-star rating for rollover protection.

Fitted with a raft of safety features as standard, including driver and passenger seat airbags, front and curtain airbags and vehicle dynamic control, the 2013 Altima starts at $21,500.

Opt for the 2.5-liter, dual overhead cam, inline 4-cylinder engine, and you should expect a gas mileage of 27 mpg city, and 38 mpg highway, while the larger 3.5-liter engine will give you 22mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

While the 2013 Altima has been given its official NHTSA NCAP rating, it has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 


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