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Nissan Altima vs. Kia Soul Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Kia Soul 28
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Souls, 8.4 months of data per Soul, average 6500 miles
2015 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Altimas, 8.2 months of data per Altima, average 9000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Kia Soul 7
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Souls, 9.4 months of data per Soul, average 15600 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Nissan Altima 42
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 25600 miles

 

2013 Kia Soul 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 Souls, 11.0 months of data per Soul, average 29700 miles
2013 Nissan Altima 25
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Altimas, 8.9 months of data per Altima, average 31600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2012 Kia Soul 20
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Souls, 8.7 months of data per Soul, average 49900 miles
2012 Nissan Altima 20
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Altimas, 9.4 months of data per Altima, average 44100 miles

 

2011 Kia Soul 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Souls, 8.4 months of data per Soul, average 50700 miles
2011 Nissan Altima 43
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Altimas, 8.8 months of data per Altima, average 62000 miles

 

2010 Kia Soul 33
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Souls, 9.7 months of data per Soul, average 68200 miles
2010 Nissan Altima 18
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 Altimas, 9.9 months of data per Altima, average 66300 miles

 

2009 Nissan Altima 43
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Altimas, 9.7 months of data per Altima, average 78100 miles

Multiple reports of tire pressure monitor (TPMS) problems.

 

2008 Nissan Altima 25
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 84900 miles

 

2007 Nissan Altima 36
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Altimas, 9.8 months of data per Altima, average 95600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2006 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Altimas, 7.8 months of data per Altima, average 134200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Nissan Altima 44
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Altimas, 8.6 months of data per Altima, average 122200 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2003 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Altimas, 8.7 months of data per Altima, average 130800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Altimas, 10.0 months of data per Altima, average 152700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Nissan Altima vs. Kia Soul Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Altima

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
For 20k miles so far mailnly used as a commuter car and well, everything else too I don't see any issues other than the regular oil changes and tire rotations. Time will tell how well the CVT holds up but from Nissan's standpoint they had it for a long time and I expect it to hold up. FYI I did not do those "mandatory" maintenance checkups, mostly do it at the 30k mark.
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
I bought the 2010 Altima for the reliability and durability that Nissan's have been known for. Their styling is a notch better than Honda or Toyota. I have been driving the Altima for nearly 2 months now. I bought a pre-owned model for reduced depreciation. I drive my personal car for work purposes so this is why I went pre-owned (re-imbursed 0.42/mi). So far so good. I am averaging 30.2 mpg (city/highway). I am very satisfied with the economy. The 2.5L engine has performed well. The car was a lease return and was driven 9k miles/yr prior to my ownership. I hope to put 200k miles on this car before changing again. I have heard of the CVT having issues. Keeping my fingers crossed and will make sure to keep it maintained. Nissan raised the warranty on the CVT to 10/yr/120k miles.
2009 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Minimal problems
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Ive had the vehicle for 9 months and have put 13000 miles on it. Not 1 problem, I just keep up with the standard maintaince. And excellent reliability, I drive it 23 miles a day 1 way to work. And for durability no matter how hard I drive, it keep going.
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
My dad has had one for 6 years now with only the occasional light bulb going out as the only "repair" if you can call that a repair. I have had similar luck with my couple model also it is designed and put together in a superior fashion to the big three h
2008 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
I put it through much strenuous driving. Sharp corners, fast acceleration, drag-strip races etc. The car runs like new at 50,000kms. Nissan had to reset driver side window switch once (for free). Besides that, no problems what-so-ever.
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Car is approaching 60k and 5 years and still drives as new. Everything just continues to work.
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
my 2008 nissan altima has had a self starting issue. sometimes when locking the car doors with the remote the car will self start. this has happened at least 5 or six times in the last 5 months. when phoning nissan service they have indicated that this cant be happening. it is
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Even tho I had owned Honda Accordsfor 22 years, I wrecked my last one at 135K miles and needed another vehicle soon. The Nissan Altima had the CVT transmission and the Smart Key which I really liked. The Honda Accord had neither, plus appeared to still have a wind noise problem for some strange reason. So I bought the Altima--I am basically happy with it. Only two things I don't like is that the driver's door freezes and becomes unusable in 15 degree weather. Other major problem is that despite very conservative driving habits, the CVT failed at 35K miles while on vacation and required replacement under warranty. Then the CVT failed AGAIN at 122k, just 2500 miles after the 120K extended warranty expired, requiring a $2200 repair while vacationing 1000 miles from home. It is a joy to drive, but any further transmission problems will make it my last Nissan.
2008 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
From researching for a new car the Altima was at or near the top of most lists.
Nissan Altima Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable CVT FWD
CVT has been very unreliable. I had transmission issues after about 600 miles on this new car. It was difficult to recreate so it took a few months to get a dealer to address the issue. After the transmission was replaced it still had similar shakiness under light throttle.
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
To early to tell, but so far so good.
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Past issues with engines concern me going forward
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
RUST, go to any scrap yard and you will see the proof.
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
the vehicle has a self starting issue.
2007 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
A lot of little quirks with the car. You do tend to have to visit the dealership a bit during the beginning.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Kia Soul

Kia Soul Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
5Star crash, 4Star rollover and a 10year 100k warrenty. Hyundai did wonders for KIA when they merged. The fit and finish have really come around in the past few years and greatly in the 2010 linups for both companies. Very responsive to customer needs.
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The reviews I have read and the actual driving experience.
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
When we bought this car in 2010, we were aware of Kia's dim reputation in the 1990s and their better -- but still "cheap" -- reputation in the 2000s. But it seemed like Kia was advancing quickly. And so they have. In the five-plus years we've owned the car, it has been recalled four times. None of the recalls stranded us and one even was proactive (added rustproofing). The car has received routine maintenance. And that's been about it. It has been quite troublefree. And, so far, it doesn't look like we'll need to claim on the one remaining warranty -- the anti-corrosion warranty. It's only six years, but the car still looks good. All in all, we gambled on getting a bargain and we won. We definitely would consider another Kia for our next vehicle.