Ranking 55 Nissan Generations by Reliability

Each model can be grouped into generations – a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Once something major is changed, say a brand new engine, automakers typically desigate a new generation.

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems. If a problem trend pops up in the first year of a generation, you can bet on it showing up in future generation years too.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. And because they hate clarity, they'll even let certain generations last longer in different countries. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

In other words, we do our best to keep our generation data as accurate as possible so we can predict problems and help you out. Use it as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
55th Altima Gen 5 2013—2018
52.23
54th Altima Gen 3 2002—2006
40.13
53rd Maxima Gen 6 2004—2008
36.72
52nd Altima Gen 4 2007—2012
36.59
51st Pathfinder Gen 3 2005—2012
33.75
50th Rogue Gen 1 2008—2013
32.04
49th Rogue Gen 2 2014—2018
24.71
48th Versa Gen 1 2007—2011
23.79
47th Murano Gen 1 2003—2007
23.49
46th Murano Gen 2 2009—2014
17.7
45th Pathfinder Gen 4 2013—2018
17.48
44th Versa Gen 2 2012—2018
17.38
43rd Xterra Gen 2 2005—2015
17.21
42nd Quest Gen 3 2004—2010
15.54
41st Frontier Gen 2 2005—2018
14.84
40th Sentra Gen 5 2007—2012
14.66
39th Sentra Gen 6 2013—2018
13.96
38th Sentra Gen 4 2000—2006
11.35
37th Altima Gen 2 1998—2001
11.22
36th Maxima Gen 7 2009—2015
10.15
35th Juke Gen 1 2010—2016
9.45
34th Titan Gen 1 2004—2015
8.81
33rd Versa Note Gen 1 2014—2018
8.55
32nd Rogue Select Gen 1 2014—2015
7.9
31st Cube Gen 1 2009—2014
6.51
30th Murano Gen 3 2015—2018
6.47
29th Xterra Gen 1 2000—2004
6.18
28th Maxima Gen 5 2000—2003
5.93
27th Quest Gen 4 2011—2016
5.53
26th NV200 Gen 1 2013—2015
5.03
25th Armada Gen 1 2004—2016
4.65
24th 350Z Gen 5 2003—2009
4.54
23rd Maxima Gen 8 2016—2018
4.18
22nd Pathfinder Hybrid Gen 4 2014—2014
3.69
21st Frontier Gen 1 1998—2004
3.55
20th Pathfinder Gen 2 1996—2004
2.85
19th Leaf Gen 1 2011—2018
2.74
18th Altima Hybrid Gen 4 2008—2011
2.72
17th 370Z Gen 1 2009—2018
2.66
16th Titan Gen 2 2016—2018
2.62
15th Altima Gen 1 1993—1997
1.78
14th Quest Gen 2 1999—2002
1.65
13th Maxima Gen 4 1995—1999
1.65
12th Maxima Gen 3 1989—1994
1.5
11th Sentra Gen 2 1992—1995
1.41
10th Rogue Sport Gen 1 2017—2018
1.38
9th Sentra Gen 3 1996—1999
1.17
8th Rogue Hybrid Gen 2 2017—2017
1.05
7th GT-R Gen 1 2009—2018
0.59
6th Quest Gen 1 1994—1998
0.37
5th Armada Gen 2 2017—2018
0.36
4th Pathfinder Gen 1 1987—1995
0.36
3rd Maxima Gen 2 1985—1988
0.13
2nd Sentra Gen 1 1990—1991
0.13
1st Murano Hybrid Gen 3 2016—2016
0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).