Despite a few high points, the Nissan Altima is not competitive among midsized sedans. In a segment brimming with better cars, the Altima is a lackluster choice. It ranks below virtually all of its competitors with a humdrum driving experience and a below-par reliability record. Among its virtues are a roomy rear seat and good fuel economy. With the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder, we measured a commendable 29 mpg overall.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Water leaks occurred when the drain holes next to the moon roof clogged. No where that I could find in the owners manual did it mention it. Luckily my body repair company knwe about and used high pressue air to clean them out. When this drain system clogged water leaked in the cabin roof area."

Anonymous, MS (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Carpeting on the driver's footwell was wet. Found water dripping from under the dash. Nissan dealer found that the sunroof water drain had become clogged."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The driver's side door loosened and sagged enough to allow wind noise around the door seals"

David R., FL (2016 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattle in left rear area of car."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a loud rattle at a specific low RPM when the car was started. The rattle went away after the car warmed up. The dealer said it was an exhaust heat shield. He tightened some brackets and the noise diminished but has not completely disappeared."

Anonymous, (2016 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Getting some rattles from the console and some were in the right side dash, glove box or some place in that area once in a while"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"Excessive “rattling” noise."

Anonymous, AR (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The passenger airbag would remain off, even with a 240 lb man in the passenger seat"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"light doesn't go off, so passenger air bag not active"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger airbag light stays on with passenger in seat."

Francis S., RI (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not work properly. When you tried to use ACCEL car would take off at full throttle until you hit cancel."

Ernest B., ON (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wouldn't work - the 3 problems seemed connected. All problems were corrected twice. 2nd time seems to have corrected the problem permanently."

Ernest B., ON (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"it started about a year after purchase. It was a recall issue but Nissan would not fix it even though the problem occured long before the car was totalled due to high water damage to engine but not the transmission."

Anonymous, MS (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Noticed a problem on Friday, by Saturday it was a complete equipment failure."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission went bad was replaced on warranty for $100.00 fee / copay"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would slip sometimes mostly when turning and they replaced it. I also received an extended warrantee"

Anonymous, (2016 Nissan Altima 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

Normal routine brake wear

"During inspection last year it was noted that brakes needed to be replaced due to normal rear"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I've owned several cars in the past over 10 years and only had breaks replaced once in 10 years. I've owned the altima 2 years and the breaks are already squeaking. I drive about 10 miles a day without traffic and am more of a coaster than a break person therefore I believe the breaking system is inefficient at best."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The front calipers squeaked only in reverse. While still under warranty I took it to my dealer and was told that it was winter and I did not drive my car enough nor did I apply my brakes hard enough. Problem would resolve itself as soon as it warmed up. I told them that was not a satisfactory answer and I talked to the owner of the dealership. He told me his wife had the same problem with her Altima he told her to turn the radio up. I put on new calipers myself for less than $200, problem fixed. I will never take my car back to this dealership nor buy a car from them! Called corp. and got nowhere also."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I drive 10-15 miles a day in light to no traffic and am a coaster instead of a break person and after 24 months my breaks are squeaking. Can't imagine what they would be like if I drove in traffic and had to use them frequently"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Nissan Altima SV 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

Rough shifting

"Driver has frequent problems with CVT transmission. Often it will not shift allowing to vehicle to highway speeds. This occurs when there is frequent stop-and-go traffic. This would be why the primary driver would not buy a new car with CVT transmission,"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"It was slipping and they replaced it with an extended warrantee"

Anonymous, (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Check engine light came on and had it checked out. Turns out it is a shift solenoid. I haven't had any problems with the transmission shifting though."

Bruce W., CO (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 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

Shocks or struts

"Problem with front right shock or strut, has taken 2 dealers to try and fix it. Waiting for parts."

Manuel M., PR (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear shocks prematurely failed."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Started about 3 months after buying. Took it twice to car dealer, problem came back. Went to diff. dealer, fixed it in 30 minutes."

Anonymous, PR (2016 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"when it gets overly humid/wet outside, the camera fades in and out. I have no idea what the real problem is, but it could be poor electrical relays"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"from time to time the display goes dark unfortunately it never happens at the dealership so as of now hasn't been fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Issue involved ability to enter multiple destinations. System would freeze when attempting to continue to second destination, requiring me to restart engine, re-select destination. There were also broken links: Certain saved destinations no longer worked. When selected, I would get the most recent destination instead."

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

"Back door could open while driving"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"a valve needed to be replaced inside the engine and the engine reprogrammed which my local mechanic could not do and had to be taken to a dealer for reprogramming. I was without the vehicle for the better part of a week."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Nissan Altima S 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

"The engine / transmission fluctuates RPM's while engaged in D .. the check engine light appeared, returned to dealer who replaced the 'lower portion' of the trans; After recently making a 3000 mile trip to Dallas, Tx., from SW Fl., the problem still exists, yet the dealer acknowledges the existing problem, yet is unable to get a Computer Code to verify that the Transmission is faulty and needs replacement. The problem is inherent to the CVT in the Altima models as admitted to by Service Director at Nissan, but without the Computer Code the dealership is unable / unwilling to address the situation for fear of not being compensated by Corporate Nissan. And, this is the second Nissan Altima which has had the same unresolved CVT failure without resolve."

Fred E., FL (2016 Nissan Altima S 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

Automatic climate control

"this past week the AC does not cool. Fan works. I have to turn system/fan/mode/??? off & on. Not sure exactly what really makes the AC start to cool. It takes about 10 min. of messing w/all of the buttons before the AC starts to cool. I plan on taking car to dealer"

Sandra M., TX (2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

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Recalls
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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
May 28, 2020
Corrosion to the secondary latch may cause it to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released again and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2018 Nissan Altima vehicles. If the primary hood latch is inadvertently released, there is an increased likelihood that the secondary hood latch may corrode over time.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install a stronger release spring in the hood release lever, a warning label near the secondary hood latch, and an Owner¿s Manual addendum card with instructions on how to lubricate and maintain the secondary hood latch mechanism, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed July 14, 2020. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. The remedy is expected to become available in July 2021. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669. Note: Recall 16V-029 remains open for any unremedied 2013-2015 Altimas and this recall applies to all vehicles covered by 16V-029 even if those repairs have already been performed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V315000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1831818
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES, STRUCTURE
Dec 19, 2018
If the rear passenger door opens while the vehicle is moving, the rear passengers have an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Altima vehicles, previously remedied under recall number 17V-040. The door latch-lock cable may not have been routed properly in the rear door when the remedy was applied. As a result, the cable may interfere with the window regulator causing the rear passenger door to unlatch and inadvertently open without warning when the window is lowered.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will secure the latch-lock cables in the correct position using the new remedy procedure, free of charge. The recall began February 5, 2019. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7669.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V915000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 341003
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Jan 18, 2017
If the rear passenger doors inadvertently open while the vehicle is in motion, it may increase the risk of injury to the rear passengers.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Altima vehicles. The rear door latch/lock cable on the vehicles may have been improperly routed. As a result, lowering a rear window may inadvertently cause that door to unlatch and open.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will correct the rear door latch/lock cable routing, free of charge. The recall began on February 16, 2017. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V040000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 341005
AIR BAGS
Apr 26, 2016
If the passenger frontal air bag does not deploy as intended in the event of a crash, the passenger is at an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF, Sentra, and Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60, QX60 Hybrid, and Q50 Hybrid, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue and Infiniti Q50, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Murano Hybrid, and Chevrolet City Express, 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. In these vehicles, the front seat passenger Occupant Classification System (OCS) may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child or classify the seat as empty despite it being occupied. As a result, the passenger frontal air bag may be turned off and not deploy in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify their owners. Chevrolet City Express owners will be notified by General Motors. Dealers will reprogram the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) and OCS Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Sentra vehicles, and replace the OCS ECU in LEAF, NV200, NV200 Taxi, Pathfinder, Infiniti Q50, JX35, and QX60 and Chevrolet City Express vehicles, free of charge. Interim notices were sent to owners on May 31, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669, Infiniti customer service at 1-888-833-3216 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V244000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3296947
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