Notes: The 2014 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 Altima, prompting us to give it our "beware of this clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about a whining noise from the power steering pump and a concerning amount vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,261 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 252016


  • 45,000 miles


Hood released while traveling on the highway causing serious damage to the vehicle and causing the vehicle to leave the roadway.

- Hampton, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 272016


  • 79,222 miles
Hood latch came undone while driving causing hood to fly open almost causing an accident. Damage to hood and both front fenders.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 012016


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine undercover separated while driving 70 mph. The contact heard a noise under the vehicle prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized mechanic who stated that the bolts used to secure the engine cover were made of defective plastic, which failed to secure the cover. The manufacturer was not notified. The engine undercover was not replaced. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Coal City, IN, USA

problem #8

Aug 102016


  • 52,000 miles


Hood released and blew back into the windshield at 30 mph.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 132016


  • miles
When I received my recall notice, NHTSA recall 16V-029, I scheduled an appointment at my Nissan dealership, suntrup Nissan, to have my car repaired. At the appointment, suntrup Nissan told me they did not have the part to fix it, and would call me when it was available. Well, it has been quite a while, and they have never called me. Then, I emailed the service manager, and he never responded. I do not know what else to do.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

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problem #6

Apr 012016


  • miles
I had a recall notice. I believe I got charged for the hood latch replacement, when the recall notice stated it would be a free repair.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 102016


  • 85,000 miles


Driving 2014 Nissan Altima in town going about 35 mph when suddenly we hear a loud bang and everything goes black. The hood had flown open while driving. Husband was able to look at the very bottom through windshield to pull over safely. However, once he pulled over to close the hood, there was a lot of damage to the hood. I don't feel safe driving it right now since this happened.

- Fisher, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 242015


  • 17 miles
Takata recall- my 18 year old daughter was in a severe car wreck with side impact and rollover X 3. she had an injury to the left side of her face where the side impact airbags nor the curtain airbags came out. I have been working with Nissan consumers affairs since Aug 9, 2015 with a [xxx] but so far the issue is still in process. My daughter had a ct scan because of the swelling of her left face and the physician asked did the airbags come out to protect the side of her face and I said no and he stated to file a complaint with Nissan and to get a lawyer. I bought the car brand new from action Nissan in nashville tn. She was ran off the road and hit a side pole and flipped over 2 or more times according to a witness. Picture will be attached. All 4 kids survived. Thank you jesus!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)...updated 12/22/15....updated 12/30/15

- Cane Ridge, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 292015


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the protective shield that covers the engine fractured causing the underside of the vehicle to be exposed and damage. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the protective cover needed to be replaced and would cause other failures to the air condition system. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 11/09/15

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 302013


  • 300 miles
Rear taillight housings fog up badly, some dealerships didn't recognize problem then one did when I did not go back to dealership right away they sent the parts back! finally another dealership recognized the problem but when they changed them one had a mark inside of the fixture, part missing inside truck and a new scratch mark on the car, also put in incorrectly! this car is turning into a frankenstein car and exactly what and how everything being done to it to devalue this car is happening! factory seals are being broken and not being fixed at all is the outcome! the tail lights fog up more than the last ones! this car is a lemon!

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #1

May 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,333 miles
On the way to get a cup of coffee (less than one mile from my home) a car started coming into my lane. I swerved slightly to avoid a collision and my car went into the ditch and hit a telephone pole. Over $22,000 in damage. Radiator bent into an "L" shape. Side frames and engine went into the firewall, which totaled the car completely. I have spoken with Nissan Corp. Air bag safety engineer, dealership owner, general manager, sales manager and they will not do anything about this $22,000 damage to the front end and none of the airbags deployed. Officer said driver airbag and side curtain and in seat airbags should have also deployed. They didn't and I was almost killed. The car was only 2 months old, no modifications, and very low miles. Kiro7 tv in seattle even did two stories on the crash and airbags not working and that Nissan had only recalled passenger airbags, not driver side airbags...updated 07/16/14

- Kent, WA, USA

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