Ranking 59 Nissan Generations by Reliability

Nearly every model can be grouped into generations, which is a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems.

Manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins, but we do our best to keep our generation data accurate to better predict problems. Use this information as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
59th Altima Gen 5 2013—2018
54.09
58th Altima Gen 3 2002—2006
40.25
57th Maxima Gen 6 2004—2008
37.11
56th Altima Gen 4 2007—2012
36.52
55th Rogue Gen 1 2008—2013
35.17
54th Pathfinder Gen 3 2005—2012
34.01
53rd Versa Gen 1 2007—2011
24.15
52nd Murano Gen 1 2003—2007
23.63
51st Rogue Gen 2 2014—2019
22.69
50th Murano Gen 2 2009—2014
18.65
49th Xterra Gen 2 2005—2015
17.45
48th Versa Gen 2 2012—2019
16.41
47th Quest Gen 3 2004—2010
15.48
46th Pathfinder Gen 4 2013—2019
15.21
45th Sentra Gen 5 2007—2012
14.7
44th Frontier Gen 2 2005—2019
14.06
43rd Sentra Gen 6 2013—2019
12.61
42nd Sentra Gen 4 2000—2006
11.76
41st Altima Gen 2 1998—2001
11.2
40th Maxima Gen 7 2009—2015
10.54
39th Titan Gen 1 2004—2015
8.78
38th Juke Gen 1 2010—2017
8.58
37th Versa Note Gen 1 2014—2019
8.4
36th Rogue Select Gen 1 2014—2015
7.6
35th Cube Gen 1 2009—2014
6.91
34th Xterra Gen 1 2000—2004
6.17
33rd Quest Gen 4 2011—2016
6.02
32nd Maxima Gen 5 2000—2003
5.92
31st Murano Gen 3 2015—2019
5.62
30th Armada Gen 1 2004—2016
4.62
29th 350Z Gen 5 2003—2009
4.53
28th Pathfinder Hybrid Gen 4 2014—2014
3.67
27th Frontier Gen 1 1998—2004
3.54
26th Maxima Gen 8 2016—2019
3.35
25th Leaf Gen 1 2011—2017
3.12
24th Titan Gen 2 2016—2019
2.9
23rd Altima Hybrid Gen 4 2008—2011
2.86
22nd Pathfinder Gen 2 1996—2004
2.86
21st 370Z Gen 1 2009—2019
2.56
20th NV200 Gen 1 2013—2018
2.51
19th Rogue Hybrid Gen 2 2017—2017
2.42
18th Rogue Sport Gen 1 2017—2019
2.26
17th Altima Gen 1 1993—1997
1.78
16th Quest Gen 2 1999—2002
1.65
15th Maxima Gen 4 1995—1999
1.65
14th Maxima Gen 3 1989—1994
1.5
13th Sentra Gen 2 1992—1995
1.41
12th Sentra Gen 3 1996—1999
1.16
11th GT-R Gen 1 2009—2019
0.54
10th Quest Gen 1 1994—1998
0.37
9th Pathfinder Gen 1 1987—1995
0.36
8th Armada Gen 2 2017—2019
0.24
7th Maxima Gen 2 1985—1988
0.13
6th Sentra Gen 1 1990—1991
0.13
5th NV Gen 1 2017—2019
0.0
4th Murano Hybrid Gen 3 2016—2016
0.0
3rd Kicks Gen 1 2019—2019
0.0
2nd Leaf Gen 2 2018—2019
0.0
1st Altima Gen 6 2019—2019
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).