These cars look good, and are very cheap, but now I am realizing why they are so affordable.
Almost had this car for two years and have had 4 recalls (2 on the same repair the hood latch), CVT shudders, squealing brakes, pieces falling off the bottom of the car, and a power steering pump whine.
The car handles very well. We compared it to a 2014 Honda Accord and the Altima is a breeze to drive and has good visability!
Price or payments
Can't beat the pricing for a car this large.
The engine is powerful enough to get the car moving even with the AC on. It doesn't accelerate like a typical 4 cylinder.
The tire fill assist feature where the car honks when your tire is at the correct pressure is a very handy feature.
Materials & workmanship
The car is cheaply made. It feel cheap afterwhile. The driver side visor fell down, numerous recalls, rubber pieces fall of the under carriage of the car, it sound like a tin can when it rains on the car. The steering pump has a whine and the cheap brakes started squeaking at 10k miles.
Reliability & durability
Don't really feel as if this car will last another three years without major problems. The CVT feels flaky like it can go out at any minute.
Took a 3k depreciation hit! These cars are traded in often, and I see why, so they depreciate rapidly not to mention they've already had a redesign for the 2017 model year which will make it depreciate even more.
Brand reputation & image
Nissan frequently uses cheap parts and don't really want to stand by their products. They used to make good reliable cars, but not so much anymore.
The engine can rev very loudly at low speeds and when coasting downhill.
Rear seat room & comfort
Plenty of room in the backseat. This car is very large and that's why Nissan cut corners with the materials to keep the MSRP low.
I wouldn't expect these cars to last past 2018 before the transmissions break, but if you need a large used car that handles well, and is decently comfortable you probably can get you money's worth, but trade it in before the problems come because I have a feeling they will start coming in droves at around 50k!
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