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 the Clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,060 miles

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 132019


  • 75,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact state that while driving between 30 and 40 mph, the rear end fish tailed. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle was not registering to the direction of the steering wheel. The vehicle is currently at classic Acura 1000 I-10 frontage rd, beaumont, tx 77702 (409) 898-8001 waiting to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN number was not available. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 132019


  • 74,000 miles
Acceleration issues. Sporadically the car will do nothing when we step on the accelerator. It is dangerous because it happens randomly and we essentially have zero power to move. After holding the accelerator down for a number of seconds the car will then abnormally start to accelerate and rev up on rpms but will not accelerate as normal. It's as if the transmission is thoroughly confused. I continued to drive the car and it could never get over 60 mph regardless of how far I stepped on the accelerator. I have video of the behavior. The issue continues at random times and we feel incredibly unsafe when we are in traffic because the car will idle forward but do nothing even when accerator is depressed. I took it to the dealer with video of the vehicles crazy behavior; they have told me that the computer says nothing is wrong with it. They tell me to continue to drive until it gets worse. This is not acceptable because we are at risk of an accident when you try to accelerate but the car does nothing but idle forward; it catches us off guard and we are concerned about idling into on coming traffic when making turns. I have contacted Nissan who said they have no interest in watching the video and that the computer indicates nothing wrong with my car. We are incredibly worried about driving this car and feel Nissan is covering up an issue. It was admitted to me by the dealer that this is a common problem with many of their cvts; it is evident in consumer information on the internet as well. I get the impression Nissan has no interest in the safety of the community; starting with the fact that neither the dealer nor Consumer Affairs has interest in watching the videos showing the very serious issue. I can provide video to NHTSA upon request. Thank you.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #14

Feb 052018


  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a rumbling noise and there was a strong vibration coming from the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle surged and the gears failed to properly change over, when needed. In addition, the traction control indicator kept illuminating. Temecula Nissan (41895 motor car pkwy, temecula, ca 92591, 951-972-8400) was unable to diagnose the failure several times and kept indicating that the traction control indicator caused the system to assume to brake and also caused a power train malfunction. The manufacturer later sent a technician to provide further testing. Pedder Nissan (200 carriage cir, hemet, ca 92545, (951) 225-4831) was also contacted and indicated to take the vehicle back to the dealer that performed the repairs. The manufacturer provided no solution other than a settlement with no remedy for a permanent repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 122017


  • miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but it traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle failed to accelerate. A dealer and the manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Wrightsville, AR, USA

problem #12

Dec 012017

Altima 5-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While attempting to stop the vehicle, it surged forward and the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer (superior Nissan of conway, 1090 collier drive, conway, ar 72032), but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the failure was being investigated. The failure mileage was approximately 41,000. Consumer stated superior Nissan dealership in conway, Arkansas inspected the vehicle and could not get it ti turn off. They said it was safe, we traded in. Updated 8/28/18

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #11

Jul 112017


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle hesitated to respond. The vehicle was taken to the local charleston Nissan dealer located at 1714 savannah hwy, charleston, SC 29407 where it was diagnosed that the fuel line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Cross, SC, USA

problem #10

Aug 272014


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. Also, the vehicle hesitated and took approximately five seconds to increase in speed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer were it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 042016


  • 18,246 miles
I experienced a grinding, shaking noise at 2.0 RPM. The vehicle was taken in for service and I was informed that the transmission had to be replaced. The transmission was replaced and that was when all of my troubles began. The vehicle would hesitate and jerk while driving at low speeds. There was now a vibration at 1.5 RPM. I took the vehicle back to the dealership and was advised that a belt was loose. The vehicle was returned to me and it still was not driving smoothly and now the entire gear console was loose. The vehicle would not move from either drive or reverse upon starting, even when the gear shift was moved. It would take two tries each time to get the car to move from park. The vehicle went back into the dealership where the gear console was adjusted. However, the dealership could not replicate the issue - vehicle not moving when gear placed in reverse or drive. This weekend (4/30/16) I drove the vehicle in Virginia and had to navigate several high elevations while on the I-81 highway. The car was sluggish at best, dragging and the gears would not change. The car was racing loudly trying to keep up with the speed, RPM was up at 3.5 and the car was at 50 mles; speed limit was 70. Once I cleared the hill the rpms leveled out to 1.5 and the car held the 70 mph speed. Note the vehicle was not performing this way before the "new transmission" was installed. I did have the grinding and racing noise at 2.0 RPM, but no hesitation, jerking or any difficulties in higher elevations. That leads me to conclude that there is something else wrong with this vehicle other than the transmission. I have also lodged a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs whom I am awaiting a response from on my complaint. The vehicle now has 18,694 miles and was purchased in August of 2014.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #8

Oct 072015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 nissal Altima. While driving 27 mph, the vehicle accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The contact sustained neck, arm, hip, and leg injuries that required medical attention. The front passenger also sustained head injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to bms towing and recovery collision center. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000...updated 02/01/16 updated 02/18/16

- Brigantine, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 122014


  • 12,608 miles
I purchased a brand new 2014 Nissan Altima sv from baker Nissan North in houston, Texas (19630 northwest fwy, houston, tx 77065 (281) 890-5656). My transmission has failed twice (replaced the first time and now having to be replaced again) and I have been getting the run around from the dealership. This issue should not be occurring with a brand new vehicle. Then to top it off I have been a loyal customer and have purchased a total of four cars from this dealership now. I filed a Consumer Affairs report with Nissan corporation and have yet to hear something. I also called the dealership again to speak with someone in charge such as the general manager and they informed me to contact the consumers affairs department with Nissan corporation. They said they have a chain of command to follow and that would be my best bet of getting the situation resolved. I would like this situation to be investigated and justice. I do not spend my hard earned money to have a car that is not operating properly and could put my life and others in danger. It comes down to the fact that this car is a lemon and I should be given brand new transportation or the dealership should purchase the car and pay off the loan and let me take my business elsewhere....... I also have copies of my maintenance records for documentation purposes.....thank you in advance for your time and effort. I look forward to hearing from you soon...updated 11/05/15 the consumer also stated the ac was blowing out hot air, then cool air and the steering wheel was hard to turn. Updated 11/25/15.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 042015


  • 13,000 miles


Transmission fails on the highway this is the second time for a brand new car. I had my child in the car this time. The vehicle suddenly loses power. The first time it occurred was @ 3000 miles. The second time is at 13000 miles. The biggest risk is being rear ended by the vehicle behind due to the sudden loss of power and Nissan knows their cvt for Altima and rogue 2014 is an issue, no move from manufacturer to replace the car or recall all cars in question

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 182013


  • 2,000 miles
When im in traffic and try to speed up the car doesn't change gears. Ive taken it to the dealer four times and they do nothing about it. It has happened two times within the last three days, which is more frequently than before. I have had this problem since I bought the car. When I stop the car completely, lets say at a red light, then press the gas it takes a few seconds for the car to even start moving.

- La Puente , CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 062015


  • 0 miles
The accelerator pedal became stuck causing unwanted acceleration.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 262015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that after being idle, the accelerator pedal was depressed but failed to respond. The accelerator pedal was depressed again and the vehicle over accelerated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 172014


  • 3,100 miles
I purchased a brand new 2014 Nissan Altima S on 7/20/14. On 9/17/14 my cel began flashing, car shaking & losing power as I was driving on the freeway (which is under construction with no shoulders to pull over on). Brought car to service department and they tried to first tell me they couldn't find any issue. I forced them to continue testing & it happened again & they were able to pull 2 error codes (misfire & multiple misfire). After a week of driving my car and testing, they could not figure out how to fix it. I opened a case at that time to request a buy back or replacement of this vehicle as it is clear that something was done wrong on the assembly line & safety of vehicle has been compromised. On 9/26/14, the dealership called and told me to pick up my car as they "think they fixed the problem." I picked up the car, drove 5 miles & issues happened again & I noticed it was consuming large amounts of gasoline. Brought it back to dealership & told them that it was not fixed & it is not safe to drive this vehicle. On 9/29/14, Nissan corporate sent an engineer to pick up my car to test the issues & after driving it, the engineer said that all 4 coils needed to be changed. Coils were swapped out & I picked up the car 10/2/14 against my will. Full tank when I picked up the car stating I'd receive 540 miles (normal for an Altima) & 2 days later, it dropped all of a sudden by 100 miles for no reason. I only received 400 miles to full tank & the majority of my driving is highway miles. It is still consuming gasoline & is idling rougher. I am now 3 weeks in, 2 separate issues & my car still is not working. If my car has issues 52 days in and only 3K miles, I can only imagine what else is going to happen. I commute and drive with small children & it is not safe. It is clear that there is something wrong with my car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012014


  • miles
I have noticed that if you apply the emergency brake with cruise control on, it does not cut out the cruise control. I have noticed this on trips up and down I-95 in a car with a hand emergency brake. I have had numerous knee operations and on long trips I tried to just pull the emergency brake on while holding the button in. I did this because of trouble with my knees. I noticed that although the car did slow enough for what I needed the cruise was still on when I took the brake off. I realized that if someone tried this in an emergency situation that the engine would try to accel and all sorts of bad things would happen. I tried this in every make car that my friends and I have. No one cuts out the cruise control under this situation. I know the cars systems know the brake is being applied because the like comes up on the dash. It would be 1 simple program change to include the cut out. I believe this to be an important issue. Please take steps to remedy this. I have emailed this to numerous auto makers. Thank you, I have a confirmation (ODI)#10585659 NHTSA and case#[xxx] NHTSA what do I have to do in order to get this looked at? I registered a complaint on 4-1-2014 and sent a letter to them. I haven't heard anything. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

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