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How All 54 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
54th Altima Gen 5 2013—2017 57.62
53rd Altima Gen 3 2002—2006 40.19
52nd Maxima Gen 6 2004—2008 37.38
51st Altima Gen 4 2007—2012 35.17
50th Pathfinder Gen 3 2005—2012 33.43
49th Rogue Gen 1 2008—2013 31.12
48th Rogue Gen 2 2014—2017 29.03
47th Versa Gen 1 2007—2011 23.25
46th Murano Gen 1 2003—2007 23.01
45th Pathfinder Gen 4 2013—2017 16.98
44th Murano Gen 2 2009—2014 16.77
43rd Xterra Gen 2 2005—2015 16.69
42nd Versa Gen 2 2012—2018 16.6
41st Sentra Gen 6 2013—2017 15.7
40th Quest Gen 3 2004—2010 15.54
39th Frontier Gen 2 2005—2017 15.45
38th Sentra Gen 5 2007—2012 14.31
37th Versa Note Gen 2 2014—2016 11.56
36th Sentra Gen 4 2000—2006 11.35
35th Altima Gen 2 1998—2001 11.15
34th Maxima Gen 7 2009—2015 9.94
33rd Titan Gen 1 2004—2015 8.68
32nd Juke Gen 1 2010—2016 8.22
31st Rogue Select Gen 1 2014—2015 7.79
30th Murano Gen 3 2015—2017 7.55
29th Cube Gen 1 2009—2014 6.51
28th Xterra Gen 1 2000—2004 6.04
27th Maxima Gen 5 2000—2003 5.93
26th NV200 Gen 1 2013—2015 5.02
25th Quest Gen 4 2011—2016 5.0
24th Maxima Gen 8 2016—2017 4.95
23rd Armada Gen 1 2004—2016 4.64
22nd 350Z Gen 5 2003—2009 4.44
21st Pathfinder Hybrid Gen 4 2014—2014 3.69
20th Frontier Gen 1 1998—2004 3.55
19th Leaf Gen 1 2011—2016 3.43
18th Pathfinder Gen 2 1996—2004 2.82
17th Titan Gen 2 2016—2017 2.81
16th 370Z Gen 1 2009—2017 2.81
15th Altima Hybrid Gen 4 2008—2011 2.76
14th Altima Gen 1 1993—1997 1.78
13th Quest Gen 2 1999—2002 1.65
12th Maxima Gen 4 1995—1999 1.62
11th Maxima Gen 3 1989—1994 1.5
10th Sentra Gen 2 1992—1995 1.41
9th Sentra Gen 3 1996—1999 1.17
8th Armada Gen 2 2017—2017 0.81
7th GT-R Gen 1 2009—2016 0.74
6th Quest Gen 1 1994—1998 0.37
5th Pathfinder Gen 1 1987—1995 0.36
4th Maxima Gen 2 1985—1988 0.13
3rd Sentra Gen 1 1990—1991 0.13
2nd Murano Hybrid Gen 3 2016—2016 0.0
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).