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How All 52 Generations Rank

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen Years PainRank
52nd Altima Gen 5 2013—2017 57.64
51st Altima Gen 3 2002—2006 40.57
50th Maxima Gen 6 2004—2008 38.1
49th Altima Gen 4 2007—2012 35.69
48th Pathfinder Gen 3 2005—2012 33.43
47th Rogue Gen 1 2008—2013 30.34
46th Rogue Gen 2 2014—2017 24.72
45th Versa Gen 1 2007—2011 23.26
44th Murano Gen 1 2003—2007 23.05
43rd Versa Gen 2 2012—2017 17.92
42nd Xterra Gen 2 2005—2015 16.56
41st Pathfinder Gen 4 2013—2017 16.11
40th Murano Gen 2 2009—2014 15.61
39th Quest Gen 3 2004—2010 15.59
38th Frontier Gen 2 2005—2017 15.35
37th Sentra Gen 5 2007—2012 14.11
36th Sentra Gen 6 2013—2017 13.44
35th Versa Note Gen 2 2014—2016 11.7
34th Sentra Gen 4 2000—2006 11.38
33rd Altima Gen 2 1998—2001 11.17
32nd Maxima Gen 7 2009—2015 9.64
31st Titan Gen 1 2004—2015 8.7
30th Rogue Select Gen 1 2014—2015 7.61
29th Murano Gen 3 2015—2017 7.32
28th Juke Gen 1 2010—2016 7.29
27th Xterra Gen 1 2000—2004 6.05
26th Maxima Gen 5 2000—2003 5.96
25th NV200 Gen 1 2013—2015 5.04
24th Quest Gen 4 2011—2016 4.64
23rd Armada Gen 1 2004—2016 4.5
22nd 350Z Gen 5 2003—2009 4.41
21st Maxima Gen 8 2016—2017 4.4
20th Pathfinder Hybrid Gen 4 2014—2014 3.72
19th Frontier Gen 1 1998—2004 3.55
18th Leaf Gen 1 2011—2016 3.44
17th Altima Hybrid Gen 4 2008—2011 2.75
16th Pathfinder Gen 2 1996—2004 2.73
15th 370Z Gen 1 2009—2017 2.71
14th Titan Gen 2 2016—2017 2.6
13th Altima Gen 1 1993—1997 1.79
12th Quest Gen 2 1999—2002 1.66
11th Maxima Gen 4 1995—1999 1.62
10th Maxima Gen 3 1989—1994 1.51
9th Sentra Gen 2 1992—1995 1.42
8th Sentra Gen 3 1996—1999 1.17
7th Armada Gen 2 2017—2017 0.82
6th GT-R Gen 1 2009—2016 0.75
5th Pathfinder Gen 1 1987—1995 0.37
4th Quest Gen 1 1994—1998 0.31
3rd Sentra Gen 1 1990—1991 0.14
2nd Maxima Gen 2 1985—1988 0.13
1st Rogue Hybrid Gen 2 2017—2017 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).