Despite a few high points, this iteration of the Nissan Altima is not competitive among midsized sedans. In a segment brimming with better cars, the Altima is a lackluster choice, ranking below virtually all of its competitors with a humdrum driving experience. Among its virtues are a roomy rear seat and good fuel economy. That said, with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder, we measured a commendable 31 mpg overall.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is a peach cake to drive."

Grace E., FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Drives OK. Nothing special. No real complaints."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Acceleration and handling are great. Absolutely no complaints with that. Rivals performance of the muscle cars I drove in the 70’s."

S P., NC (2014 Nissan Altima)

"There is a hesitation when you accelerate for a few seconds. Dangerous in my opinion."

E S., WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"It drives okay--steering average. Very tight at low speeds as in parking. Difficult to move the wheel when parking. Fairly large turning radius making U-turns difficult sometimes."

Barbara C., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"drives nice. Road noise is low compared to previous vehicles I have owned."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"handles quickly and without drag. accelerates quickly without loss of control"

Marjorie S., MN (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The steering is too light and vague however the acceleration is smooth."

Anting C., ON (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The 2014 Nissan Altima drives like a dream. The ride is very smooth, the controls are easy to reach and the acceleration and handling are perfect for my 5'10" frame."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"ALTIMA HAS REAL GOOD ACCELERATION. HANDLING IS RESPONSIVE."

Rexford H., FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Acceleration isn't great, since it has a CVT transmission - but that's an acceptable trade-off since the gas mileage is better on this car than others in its class. Handling has the right touch - not too choppy, not too spongy, and the steering sensitivity is nice for a car this size."

Jennifer H., NE (2014 Nissan Altima)

"could have better acceleration, but the handling is quite good"

Edward M., MA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"fuel economy is very good plenty of power and handles well all good except the transmission."

Anonymous, AR (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The CVT hunts too much and somtimes is sluggish"

W G., NJ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Nissan V-6 engine...what more need I say!"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Nissan Altima)

"V6 has brisk acceleration. car goes where its pounted"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Thev Nissan bhas the necessary acceeration when t is needed."

Norman F., PA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"excellent handling, acceleration and a quiet ride, although I normally have the radio on."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Not that good and getting worse"

Alex K., NV (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Smooth ride, and as quiet as my brothers Lexus."

Ray T., MD (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Good handling."

Therin M., SC (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Acceleration is tremendous on this vehicle! Nice zippy car. Easy to get on and merge onto traffic."

Ginny I., NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"car has no rattles. It starts and runs well. It is economical. It has been pretty much trouble-free."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Brakes are too sensitive, give a jerky feel."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The car feels sturdy and handles esceptionally well. there is litle lean in corners and acceleration is great when entering roadways."

ANDREW D., NJ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Car bucks at low speeds. Feels like it is going to stall."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"It.s comfortable to drive. It handles well. accelerates nmicely anmd brakes as needed"

NORMAN F., PA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I have no complaints about how it drives - very good acceleration - the rotors went out by 1-1/2 years."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"My husband selected and drives this car. He complains that it is too light and unstable for highway driving. We are tall seniors and I find myself "falling" into the seat of the car because it is too low."

PHYLLIS C., NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The Altima S has strong acceleration and passing power. The handling is acceptable under most conditions, but when pushed through a curve, the car has more body roll than I would like to see. I greatly improved the handling by replacing the stock Hancook Optimo 426 tires with Continental ProContact tires."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"sometime car hesitates"

STUART W., NJ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"It has great pick up and turns easily. I have little difficulty getting in and out of spaces."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"On hard acellarations the car is noisy., I'd say that on normal driving , the Altima is quiet pleasant to drive."

Anonymous, QC (2014 Nissan Altima)

"It doesn't accelerate immediately. There is a slight hesitation - like it sticks."

CLARKE S., WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Extremely loud outside noise when driving - really bad. Seats are okay but could be more comfortable."

CHARLES C., NH (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The car handles ls very well and has ample power. Also the car was manufactured in my home State."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Good"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Altima)

"This car has good pick up and acceleration speed. It handles well on the road."

Linda H., NJ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Poor acceleration"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Everything with the vehicle has declined dramatically."

Alex K., NV (2014 Nissan Altima)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable seats. Great for road trips."

Timothy R., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"seat comfort is very good ride and noise are good."

Anonymous, AR (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I don't know if it's comfort or styling but the bush button start i love. I don't have to dig for keys to get in and start the car."

William K., MO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"This is the quietest car I've ever owned. The driver's seat is very comfortable, but the car's ride is busy over rough pavement, and the noise level increases under those same conditions."

J B., OH (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I have had two back surgeries and the Nissan Altima seat fits my back perfectly and I do not have any back problems with it when I am driving. The ride is very comfortable."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The 2014 driver seat is fullymotorized and comfortable. This was a great improvement compared to the 2008 Altima."

Mark C., CO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seats are very comfortable even after a 400 mile drive."

Andrew G., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"This car has a lot of road noise and wind noise. It is much nosier inside than I would have expected for a car like this."

Gary C., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Lots of rattles. Very annoying!"

Richard W., OK (2014 Nissan Altima)

"very comfortable seats"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The vehicle is low to the ground which makes it difficult for a tall person to get in and out of. Head rest is limited in positioning options. Material of seats is a black felt, not easy to clean. Road noise tends to be higher than what I'm used to."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"comfortable ride easy steering and handling"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"outstanding comfort on the zero gravity seats"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Nissan Altima)

"very comfortable seat, ride is smooth, the only complaint is the CVT is sometimes eratic"

W G., NJ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"seats are really comfortable on long drives. Road noise can be loud at times in he car. The ride is comfortable."

Joseph R., CO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are easy to adjust as needed. Very comfrtable too."

Norman F., PA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Love the drivers seat. Wish the passenger front seat had electric adjustment controls. Also I need a cushion behind my back to be comfortable in that seat"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Most comfortable seats of any car I've had."

Jack M., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seat is pretty comfortable but the ride is not too stable."

Anting C., ON (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are somewhat 'detached' from the frame which allows for more comfort and not so much vibration and noise."

Anonymous, NE (2014 Nissan Altima)

"It is very noisy and the seats are not comfortable."

E S., WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"more sound from outside enter cab. would like less noice while driving."

Marjorie S., MN (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Very comfortable and quiet ride. We love this car."

Joseph D., KS (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Being fully aware of the class of vehicle that the Altima is in, I still think that the following areas could be improved: The space on the door side of the front seats needs to be wider; The road noise and suspensions over bumps could be improved; and the seats could be a little more padded. These are suggestions rather than complaints."

Denis S., MD (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The front seats are the best I have ever used for long drives."

Jim B., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Like Goldilocks, I knew the minute I sat in the driver's seat that this was the car for me. It remains so. Very comfortable with a great "sit" for driving."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seats are the most common.fortable I've had."

HAROLD C., MI (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Seats and ride very comfortable. Car needs to be much quieter."

JACK M., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The drivers seat is so comfortable. I feel like I'm in the cockpit of an airplane. It seems to conform to my body."

MARY D., CT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I have the 2.5L SV model, there is a lot of engine noise when accelerating."

RUSSELL E., DE (2014 Nissan Altima)

"very comfortable. no back pain or soreness even after long rides."

ABE G., PA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The air conditioning system is a little underpowered for this vehicle. It takes quite a while to cool down on a hot day."

THOMAS S., AL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seats are supportive for the most part, but lack certain controls on the Altima S. I cannot adjust the thigh support for height, and this seat does not have a lumbar support. I like the manually controlled climate control system with the large dials and buttons. The engine is quiet when operating and there is minimal wind noise, but tire noise can be loud on rough pavement. The ride is pretty good, but there can be jolts on rough pavement."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Way too much road noise at highway speeds."

STEPHEN M., TN (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seats could have more padding in them"

CLARKE S., WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"noise, ride comfort"

LOU G., FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Excellent vehicle, our 5th altima, ride still too noisy however"

NEIL B., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Most comfy seats ever. "Zero gravity" seating."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"It is noisey, doors do not unlock when in park"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Quiet, almost luxury ride"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I have spinal issues and have trouble sitting for a long time. I have taken long trips with this car and have been very comfortable."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Seats are very comfortable. Not as much gas milage as listed on sales slip."

PAUL S., CT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Climate controls has no indication of temp inside the car. The a/c doesn't seem (I stress seem) to be as good as when we bought it, especially when it's HOT here in FL. I think it's better if you hit the recirculate the air (ie no outside air)."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Most comfortable seats ever!"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seats are designed for short people."

Anonymous, UT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"GREAT COMFORT ON LONG TRIPS"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Altima)

"seats are very comfortable. Some road noise. ride is ok"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"3 years old and the car is still very comfortable"

Darren M., ON (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Good"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Altima)

"With package on this car, it rides smooth and the cabin is quiet."

Henry J., GA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Seats very uncomfortable"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"headrests anglle forward from top in front seats that are meant to reduce whiplash injuries but are very uncomfortable."

Jose C., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The seats are the best part of the car, very comfortable and supportive."

William H., WI (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Very comfortable with plenty room."

Ronald P., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Hard to reach seatbelt; noisy under the hood at certain RPM and while braking. Good seat comfort"

Darrell H., NE (2014 Nissan Altima)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I BELIEVE THE PURCHASE PRICE WAS REASONABLE AND THE CAR'S VALUE HAS KEPT PACE WITH SIMILAR CARS. THE TRADE IN OFFERED BY THE DEALER WAS REAL LOW"

Rexford H., FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I feel that it was a lot of car for the money. SV model for under 23000, brand new."

Ray T., MD (2014 Nissan Altima)

"We negotiated with several dealers and ended up with a great price. We love the AC and live in Phoenix where the AC is essential"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"best buy for the money"

Anonymous, WV (2014 Nissan Altima)

"For the price, it gets great gas mileage, has had zero repairs and has a good resale value, even after driving it for 4 years."

Jennifer H., NE (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The greatest value of my Nissan is it’s confortable seats and almost noiselessl drive"

Pierre V., QC (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I originally was happy with the value I got, but the CVT transmission went out at 69000 miles, and I am now seeing that the overall value when factoring in cost of ownership. (the brakes and suspension had to be replaced at 70000 miles) is much less than I would have expected."

Gary C., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Very good buy for reliability comfort style ,cost,"

Grace E., FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Never again"

Alex K., NV (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The car was a good value because of its sale price and after 44,000 miles it has proven to be a good buy"

Andrew G., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"We enjoy our Altima & have had no major problems with it. This is our first Nissan & we are very satisfied."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Headlights and visor are terrible and should be recalled. After replacing the expensive transmission at 72,000 miles I am selling it before it happens again."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Is peppy, great mileage, and no problems so far"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"INTERMITTENT GROUND CONNECTIONS"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"We put 267000 miles on the earlier one before trading it in on the 2014 model. We are very pleased with being able to drive 75-80 and still get 30 - 32 miles/pper gallon."

Ronald J., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Except for the noise while driving, very satisfied with the Altima. With the dealer warrantee, haven't had to pay a cent for any repairs."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The included options, technology, is OUTSTANDING for this price-point."

TIMOTHY R., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"A very comfortable car to drive."

FRED C., AZ (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Initially the handling was good but it is getting worse. I only have 22000 miles om it. The MPG is nowhere near what was claimed and diminishing."

ALEX K., NV (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Average"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I had a price in mind,that I wanted to pay & they met that. has been very reliable. Good gas mileage."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"This is the second Altima I have had, and this is the second time that I have to replace the battery on both my first and present 2014 model with only 21,000KM. Nissan would NOT honor the warranty on both cars."

MIKE L., QC (2014 Nissan Altima)

"average mileage in city, fantastic on highway. door handle broke, never had that happen in 50 years of driving."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Excellent value for cost. While shopping around for a new car, I found the Altima provided premium options at a better price than similar competitive cars in a similar price range."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Get excellent mileage on regular gas (32 overall), yet it's handling is not very precise and the engine is noisy."

MURRAY H., VA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I find the seats extremely comfortable, the mileage outstanding and it has much, much easer ingress and egress than my 07 and 12 Camrys."

JIM B., TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Ian very satisfied with my 14 Altima, so much so that I plan to purchase a 2016 Altima before the end of this year."

Anonymous, UT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The car can be a little noisy from the engine."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Felt like we got a lot of features for the price we paid."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Nissan Altima)

"very good car with the exception of the back up camera and navigation system"

Anonymous, AR (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The Altima is a very nice car overall without having to add a bunch of options and the gas mileage is great."

William H., WI (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The residual value on this car with all of the options is very good."

Henry J., GA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Low cost with good quality and reliability."

Ronald P., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The Altimas overall driving, fuel economy and systems have declined dramatically . I just replaced the original tires after only 33000 miles. The tires that were supposed to be on the car were rated to last 60000 miles. A switch could have happened at the dealership."

Alex K., NV (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Nissan offers you an excellent payment on a lease. For a good payment you get a roomy car with excellent mileage and good interior room"

Gordon G., PA (2014 Nissan Altima)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"A very neat and sporty looking vehicle."

M B., FL (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Always loved the sleek style of an Altima....this is my second purchase."

MICHELE P., MA (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Altima is all good"

Anonymous, UT (2014 Nissan Altima)

"I'm not happy with the outside color. too many cars on the road that color. Nissans especially. I don't care for the black cloth seats."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Altima)

"The look of the Altima is great, inside & out. Very stylish!"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Nissan Altima)

"Is current with the newest of cars."

JACK M., CA (2014 Nissan Altima)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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