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The Altima has been a steady performer for Nissan. The vehicle provides drivers who are interested in a nice, midsized sedan that works as a daily commuter, a vehicle for longer road trips, and a family vehicle. In 2019, Nissan released the sixth generation of Altima. The current version provides drivers with a comfortable seat, a respectable fuel economy, and a nice smooth ride. It also has a reputation for being a reliable vehicle.

The reliability of the Nissan Altima

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Hands down, the best place to really learn about a vehicle’s reliability is Consumer Reports. The organization does a wonderful job collecting all sorts of information about each type of vehicle and breaking it down so drivers can really determine a vehicle fits their needs and budget.

The organization has the 2020 Nissan Altima ranked as the second-best vehicle in the midsized car class. The Subaru Legacy claimed the top spot.

Based on its performance, the 2019 Nissan Altima has a reliability of five out of five. Consumer Reports doesn’t list any major areas of concern with the vehicle though there were four recalls issued last year. The 2020 Nissan Altima also has a five out of five rating though since it’s early in the year, the 2020 ranking is based on how previous models have performed. 

Just in terms of reliability, the 2019 Nissan Altima was rated the third most reliable in the 2019 class of sedans. In addition to being an extremely reliable vehicle, the Altima is also extremely safe. Nissan spared no expense when it came to equipping the Altima with the most up-to-date safety features. As a result, the vehicle got either four or five stars in each of its safety tests. 

How consumers feel about the Nissan Altima

Considering the importance drivers place on having a reliable vehicle, it’s startling to see that in terms of customer satisfaction, the 2019 Altima only received a rating of three out five from Consumer Reviews

Many drivers felt that when they compared what the Altima provided to what similar cars in the same average price bracket offered drivers, that the Altima came up short. These drivers frequently decided to purchase a Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata.

Drivers who have purchased a Nissan Altima will frequently comment on how the vehicle isn’t very comfortable. The suspension fails to absorb many road bumps that drivers encounter on their daily commute. Compounding the issue is that the seats are stiff, which can cause back pain on longer road trips.

The predicted customer satisfaction for the 2020 Nissan Altima is also a mere three out of five. If you’re interested in the 2020 Altima, you should know that there are multiple trim options, which include  the 2.5 S Sedan, the 2.5 SV Sedan, the 2.5 SL AWD Sedan, and the 2.5 Platinum AWD Sedan.

Drivers who have already purchased a 2020 Nissan Altima frequently comment on how easy the car is to drive, which makes commuting a genuine pleasure. They are thrilled that the wide selection of trims enables them to find a version of the Altima that fits neatly into their budget. Many drivers are quick to stat that the sheer number of semi-automatic features found in the Nissan Altima is what sold them on the vehicle.

Is this car right for you?

If you’re looking for a safe and reliable vehicle with good fuel economy, you’ll love the Nissan Altima. However, if you like a car that is fun to drive and is equipped with all sorts of special features and the most up to day technology, it’s likely that you’ll find the Altima staid and not a good fit for you.