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.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side and head protection air bags available from 2000, standard from 2007. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2010.
Road Test

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. And if you're looking for a family car, the Altima's spacious rear seat makes it easy to install child seats.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (182 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The back up camera image flicker and sometimes goes out. Dealer said software update would fix it, but didn't. They can't seem to fix it any other way. Still doesn't work all the time."

Emilie J., IN (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure symbol came on and tires pressure was checked by Nissan. Tire pressure symbol was supposed to go off after driving a few miles. It is still on display. I will notify Nissan when I go in for my oil change in June"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"CD loads only 1 disc. last 2 cars loaded 5"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Sun light and other bright light fades the screen image so as to make it useless when backing the car. The other issue results in a visual nuisance and is the continual presence of the settings screen after also setting have been made"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear display is fuzzy and difficult to see past a couple feet. At night the display is worthless, I am unable see"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The electronics went dead an Nissan said they would order a replacement. Since then, the system started working again"

John F., FL (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Nissan Connect system would freeze up for hours"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The 8.4 navigation/radio info screen has stopped working on several occasions for days"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Periodically no screen for a short time. Screen corrects itself."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It sometimes doesn't start up at all until I'm well into my ride... up to 10 minutes later. The backup camera is sometimes almost completely dark; you can make out a faint outline of major objects. The screen sometimes is just black and white snow."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima Unsure Unsure)

"was out of state on business trip, display working fine --- stopped at rest area and when started car display not operational. continued trip and 2 days later display suddenly functional again --- took to dealer who could not find anything wrong but did reset system --- problem has not happen since --- found out on own research that there is a tech bulletin that says to reset however dealership did not tell me about the tech bulletin"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Does not offer alternate routes. Often does not display name of next road for turn, and no voice prompt of road name. Some inaccuracies and/or confusion about visual and audio directions."

Joanne C., MD (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"to damn complicated for a 78 yr old man. screen to small. will probably use my MAGELLAN 1700 on trips"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 3.5-L V6)

"It's just not accurate, or "smart". While it hasn't been updated since the original, it has sent me via routes that make no sense and wouldn't have made sense in 2015. It isn't worth upgrading; I just use Google maps."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima Unsure Unsure)

"Putt in information is too complicated. Too many buttons have to be pushed"

Linda B., TX (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice co trol gives unwanted results. Also, lack of accuracy on maps and identification of places"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Software is terrible. Does not offer alternate routes, map is sometimes incorrect, does not show traffic slowdowns in display"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Frequently does not connect to phone without multiple tries."

Joanne C., MD (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes difficult to pair"

Philip S., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it took me and another engineer a day and a half to pair my iPhone 6, it un-pairs randomly and leaves a lot to be had in function. state of the art 2004 tech"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shut down Bluetooth. Had to have dealer reprogram the phone Bluetooth."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"iPhone did not work and dealer did not know what to do, so they said the problem was the phone. had to call Nissan"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When using my cell phone, the car would automatically respond for me in a rude way to people I was getting texts from even thought I shut this feature off. In an attempt to correct this, the car was brought in multiple times, reset, and eventually they replaced the stereo completely, solving the problem"

Jason S., NY (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Using hands free difficult as voice control gave unwanted results"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth was tied into the radio"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"frequently does not recognize phone that is already connected in system Frequently the phone system does not connect, recognize person's name, or gets stuck without proceeding to making a call"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Terrible reception in my Sirius XM radio"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth failed. Nissan advised it was due to radio. This was last March, adv'd me no longer dealing with Bosch Radio and will have replacement until mid-July or later"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The A/C vent was blowing into the microphone, making it inoperative"

Edward W., WV (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blue tooth does not recognize voice commands and its confused responses from Blue tooth when it would work early on"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"I've had two ford edges with Synch and an explorer, maybe i'm spoiled; but, the voice command system on this car is not much better than an iPhone 1 HORRIBLE and dangerous to operate. not even able to distinguish cell from work phone numbers to dial"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It doesn’t recognize names your calling on the phone list"

Rita M., MD (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Voice controls for music and GPS system are extremely inaccurate"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"moonroof does not seal well. air/water seeps in. not well sealed. occurs regularly. I can put a sheet between metal and moonroof and paper will slide out."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Air penetration on the drivers door."

Dennis H., MS (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"loose front end noise, cannot resolve by dealer"

Richard M., HI (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle now sounds as if it had 150,000 miles on it."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very light squeak in bumpybriads"

Dave-Lisa N., MN (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started to rattle after 300 miles. The dealer has not been able to fix the problem with the dash and sun roof"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Altima SV 3.5-L V6)

"due to the extreme hard ride squeks and rattles started at 1500 miles"

Hal C., NV (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem with front hood latch, under recall"

Jack K., CA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seems to have issues with the cover on the catalytic converter."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake in rain. Outside noise"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Car is noisy, including the transmission, road and tire noise, internal fan noise. Wish it could be a lot quieter."

Desikan B., CO (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Door seals weak"

Nicholas S., WI (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seems to be around the doors and windows"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind, rain, and road noise is very loud. Road noise can interfere with conversation and listening to music at times."

Anonymous, KY (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight rattle coming from driver's side door near side mirror. Cannot isolate it. Also factory sound system buzzes when bass sounds in back deck."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If you have front and back windows down too far there is a noise that occurs and u have to close back windows to get it to stop. A rattling noise similar to a tea kettle going off."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a whistling noise emanating from the driver's door when the car is at higher speeds (>45 mph). We and our mechanic have not been able to isolate the source (window? side mirror? door frame?), but we are still investigating. The noise is annoying, but not debilitating."

Daniel B., VA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers door sill not stop air. It is noisy enough that I must have the volume up on the radio to help distract me from the noise."

Dennis H., MS (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise coming from moon roof seals"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"This car has terrible wind noise on the highway. Sounds like you are driving through a tunnel. It is difficult to have a conversation when driving 55 MPH"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"the trim on the driver side door became torn replace by dealer"

Bruce H., AL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"grill 'chrome"developed a few ripples in it"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A section of trim around the windshield came off."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Again, exterior paint lacks quality and inside interior lacks overall. Have never seen the type of carpet used for an interior of a car. It is very had to vacuum, and it is difficult to keep it clean,"

Lewis, NC (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The post plastic cover to the right of the wind shield kept coming partially off. We just keep banging it back in place. Doesn't really stay in place very long."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Spots on roof appear to have been damaged in transit to dealer. Acid-like spots, dent appeared after first getting home with vehicle. Took to local dealer. Fixed but left overspray on windows. Very annoying"

Frank L., FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"rust around the molding above license plate. second time same spot."

Richard M., HI (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I noticed rust stains on trunk lid. Dealership indicated it was a warranty issue caused by cracked paint by attaching trim to tight. They offered to have it corrected and gave me a rental Altima while it was being serviced. Work was completed in 2 days."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on trunk under chrome trim. Happened after less than 4 mo. Dealer "fixed" but more signs of rust in same area appearing. Nissan claims its a known issue"

Dave-Lisa N., MN (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the chrome trim on the trunk lid is rusting"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Trunk lid started rusting very soon after purchase."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on trunk. Started when car was 1 year old. Painted 2 times and rust is evident again."

Anonymous, NB (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on the rear deck lid appeared around the trim. I wash and wax the car frequently to minimize this issue. I contacted the manufacturer's customer service and was informed rust damage was not covered under warranty."

Keith R., WI (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Metals in Car under the seats and under the hood are already rusted and car is not even 5 yrs old. My Honda Accord, which I bought in 2007 and still have does not have any rust at all with all the years and mileage it has on it. Very disappointed in the lack of quality of the Altima."

Lewis, NC (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dots of rust appearing on trunk lid. I have the electronic rust prevention module installed. Apparently it doesn't work all that well."

R H., ON (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting noticed around where the backup camera is located causing discolouration below the trunk lid"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"there was slight pulling to the right when I told dealer he immediately looked at it and said it was a ball joint and they immediately fixed AND did a complete alignment"

John W., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"It had a clunk in the front end when I turned to the left"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump failed; dealer had to replace it"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The vehicle exhibited a loud noise while driving. I took it in for a warranty repair, The dealer informed me that one of the struts (front passenger side) had cracked and needed replacement. It took about a week to repair because the parts were not available."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"One of my rear shocks were replaced under warranty. The Service Manager said the other rear shock was slightly leaking but not enough to replace under warranty. So know he says the other shock needs replacing since the warranty ran out. I have not had the other shock replaced at this time."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The struts just wore out after 4 years."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car often drives like it is a truck and makes noises on the road which may be the tires. It shakes and needs to go into the shop for an oil change all the time."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a growling type sound that started about 15000 miles and got worse with time. Turned out the passenger side front wheel bearing was faulty, and had to be replaced. Car was not driven rough, it was a flaw"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Part of the spring on the left front wheel broke off but did not completely fall out of the mechanism."

James R., PA (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Vehicle does not feel like the steering system is tight or well designed. When I mentioned this to a service tech at a Nissan dealer their comment was, yeah it's an Altima, they all feel that way."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Currently experiencing substantial pull to the right and steering vibration. This is caused by cheap or low quality OEM tires from the Nissan manufacturing plant. I am researching new tires currently and will replace the OEM tires at less than 35000 miles. That's ridiculous in this day and age of tire and vehicle technology."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Very fine vibration above 70mph"

Carlos H., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The vehicle started exhibiting a grinding noise while driving. I took my car to the dealership for a warranty repair. The dealer said the bearings had worn out prematurely and needed replacement. The bearings took two days to repair."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Car made terrific noise when traveling at rates higher than 5mph. Car was unsafe to operate."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Not able to engage Park and start car"

Philip S., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Car kept stalling at stop signs/lights & would have trouble starting. The issue was fixed under an extended warrenty"

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SL Unsure)
Rough shifting

"Sometimes after driving hwy for an hour, the car looses power."

Chaim G., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"jerky at unexpected times, was told that's the way cvts are, but it was sure smoother shifting before. Living with it until car crashes."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it gets jerky at times even at smooth speeds. was told due to cvt transmission-that's normal! Can you believe that?"

Richard M., HI (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"at low speed and 2500 rpm, the transmission would growl trying to decide if it should shift down, or stay in a higher gear. It got better with a warranty software update, but still is more noisy than I would like in that same situation"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission causes the car to go in to Limp Mode and you must stop the car, turn it off and restart it to make the transmission function properly like rebooting an IBM computer."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT transmission hesitates at stop light when trying to go forward."

Anonymous, NV (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT Judder. Replaced valve body. Might require transmission replacement"

Anonymous, OK (2015 Nissan Altima SV 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Transmission shutters at low speeds. Not repaired yet, waiting on factory input"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"It was a software fix for the CVT hydraulic pressures"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)

"rough downshifting & engine laboring"

Greg R., NY (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Didn't notice any problem but took vehicle in for adjustment due to Nissan recall"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Just bought vehicle that was suppose to have been thru this 167 pt inspection & one of the main ports doesn’t even work! Not happy!"

Michelle H., GA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Auto feature does not work efficiently"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger side fog lamp burned out. Replaced under warranty."

Richard N., FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front turn signal went out - service tech said it may have been chewed by a rodent or squirrel"

Donna K., FL (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"auto feature does not come on automatically"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights are becoming dimmer each year. I have replaced the bulbs and the problem did not improve. I've read on the internet that this is due to the deteriorating reflective surface."

Anonymous, DE (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto headlights stop working but the regular headlights work fine. I will be taking the car to the dealer in another month for oil change."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights on this vehicle are not very bright at all and its dangerous to drive at night. This is a common complaint for the 2014/2015 Nissan Altima. I have written to NTSB, Consumer Affairs, Dealership and directly to Nissan and no one will do anything. This is a great cause for Consumer Reports to pick up on."

Bruce B., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"low horn shorted out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The interior lights for this car are too dim to read anything"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior lights appear on front door panel areas illuminating the model of vehicle. The drivers light is intermittent but haven't noticed it flickering. It either comes on or doesn't. The passenger door works correctly"

Anonymous, KY (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Again, a 167 pt inspection & my visor mirror light doesn’t work, a 12v plug doesn’t work etc...."

Michelle H., GA (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"oil heat sensor was defective"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"i experienced exhaust fumes in the cabin with the windows closed. Driving with windows open was required for fresh air. Multiple service requests were required to accurately diagnose.."

Keith R., WI (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The warning light sometimes turns on when an adult passenger is in the front passenger seat. It"

Robert L., NY (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front passenger airbag warning light remained on when a passenger was seated there."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side airbag disables itself when it doesn't detect a passenger sitting in that seat. It stays disabled, however, when my 100-lb fiancee sits there. It was recalled by Nissan for this exact reason. Following the recall repairs, it still exhibits this behavior."

David M., NY (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice sensitivity is bad and system frequently misinterprets commands"

Edward W., WV (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work consistently. It's a hit or miss if it works and when it does work, it is slow and buggy"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had to take the car back to a Nissan dealer 3 times for airbag warning light issues. The first time was in connection with a recall for the passenger airbag, the second time was for replacement of the airbag ECU, the third (current) is for replacement of the driver's side airbag (also necessitating replacing the driver's seat). Fortunately all have been covered by the 5 year/60k mile drivetrain warranty."

Daniel B., VA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There have been 7 or so recalls on this vehicle 4 of which related to the airbags. After the Nissan Dealership performed some of recalls on our 2015 Nissan Altima a few months later we had a problem with a bad passenger airbag seat sensor that Nissan refused to repair at their cost even though they had made software changes to the passenger side airbag in the past under a recall and we even had a 120,000 full extended warranty that they said did not cover the airbags. Called them to appeal but they would do nothing to help us so we had to pay close to $300 out-of-pocket to repair this safety issue."

Bruce B., NJ (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger air bag light kept reading that the air bag was off. Dealer repaired under recall notice."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"My previous lease was a 2012 Nissan,Altima and I returned the vehicle at end term (36 months) w/ 35,000 miles and not even a brake pad change. This vehicle wore thru the brake pads @ 29-30,000 miles and into the rotors. I was advised of this after an ordinary maintenance visit.I was advisewd,not only pads but new rotors.I declined the rotors and had them turned instead. No maintenance light came on to warn me about low pads and I have not changed my diving habits..how could the pads have worn so quickly and why didn't the Light come on.Unfortunately I was at an out of State (Nissan)Dealer when I went for ordinary service so didn't pursue the issue.I haven't been back to my normal dealer.Due for service now !"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace brake pads and rotors several thousand miles before recommended brake check and inspection; brakes were squeaking but during a very rainy season so thought this was normal given brakes usually squeak a bit when wet. turns out the pads had worn down and damaged the rotors as well. i keep close track of maintenance intervals so was very surprised that i had this much wear before the recommended brake replacement mileage"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem identified by scheduled maintenance. Brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recently had a 21 point inspection done by my dealership. I noticed they gave me a "yellow" condition on my rear brakes at 87,691. I had just replaced them with Nissan parts (pads and rotors) at 64,099 miles. A difference of 23,592 miles! I don't ride my brakes and I don't live in a city, where it's stop and go. How can I go 64,000 miles on my 'original brakes' and get 23,592 on new ones? With Nissan parts! In general I should be getting 30,000-70,000 miles! Have not inquired with them yet because of the Virus keeping me at home mostly."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes were ceasing on 3 of the 4 wheels. This caused heavy usage on the remaining brake (by the front driver side). Rear brakes required rotors to be replaced. All within 2 years of ownership and Im not heavy footed."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"See response to previous issue (prem.wear on brakes) ."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)

"when purchased, it was purchased as certified. had only put 12,000 to 13,000 miles on car. if car was sold as certified I would expect that would include brake wear and tear. was not happy with needing rotor."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes squeal every morning for about 10 minutes then are OK"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"It should not have failed so soon, according to the auto repair agent. Hence I checked probably rather than certainly as to a new Nissan."

James D., TX (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c compressor failed"

Jeff S., FL (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 36,502 miles the compressor became nonfunctional and the dealer charged $1618.96 to replace the compressor and related costs. I appealed to Nissan for reimbursement and they fully reimbursed me just a few weeks later."

Lonnie P., TX (2015 Nissan Altima SV 3.5-L V6)

"second time this has happened - first time within 6 months of owning the vehicle; second time replacemrnt"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"When car warms up, the temperature controls in the dashboard are not accurate. For example at 70° setting inside the car, cold air is blowing"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"noisy like an airplane turbo engine-was told not to park next to trees since leaves get sucked into the motor which is stupid."

Richard M., HI (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The car's heater does not generate enough heat to sufficiently warm the car in winter."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"latches need to be adjusted to eliminate cabin noise"

Bruce H., AL (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a noise that comes from the rear back dash area behing the passenger seat. Had it in for service, but still has problem"

Jack K., CA (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front hood latch defect, warranty'd out"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"The outside mirrors stopped being able to be adjusted remotely. The switch for them had to be replaced."

R H., ON (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"plastic lever broke off"

Greg R., NY (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"When we purchased the car it was found that the transmission was bad, The dealer replaced a new transmission. The car was leased previously."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Altima)

"My transmission had to be rebuilt when the computer revealed some serious issues with acceleration. I had taken it in because of a serious delay between when I depressed the accelerator pedal and when the car actually began accelerating, which put me in a danger situation on an ice-covered road when I couldn't get out of the way fast enough of flowing traffic."

David M., NY (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle had 37000 miles on it when internal components of the CVT transmission came apart (rebuilder used the term grenaded). Nissan refused to cover under warranty as this vehicle had a salvage title. Dealer wanted to charge $4900 to repair transmission, local transmission shop charged $3790 and had to provide a new case as all parts were ruined from internal parts (grenading). Nissan won't announce a recall for these defective CVT transmissions but will replace them under warranty if warranty is still valid. Assholes! They know these CVT'S are defective but the customer is stuck with them. Assholes!"

Marty T., CA (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would slip and jerk"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"I drive a long distance back and forth to work. The fuel gauge is not always correct and not consistent."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"At times, If the car was started and driven a short distance and restarted within 30 minutes or so it would not start. This was never fixed by the dealer because they were unable duplicated the issue"

Justin L., KY (2015 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light lit up on highway trip; just refilled. I made sure the fuel cap was on correctly. No help. I was able to go by the dealer as soon as I got to town. Checked it immediately, couldn't find anything with a quick check. They reset the trouble light & said MAYBE there was a problem with excess vapor going to the emission system after we filled up, but bring it back if it didn't cure it. The light came back on on the way home. We took it back to the dealer a couple of days later. Tu"

Anonymous, OK (2015 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"noisy trans/vibration in steering wheel and gas pedel constant, have to drive in sport mode always to reduce the noisy cvt and to reduce the droning at all speeds of the trans"

Hal C., NV (2015 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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