Notes: The 2015 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 & 2014 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 of low-mileage problems related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,677 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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2015 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 142016


  • 19,000 miles


Car caught on fire by it self while driving, it was a clear night, I did not hit anything. Just started by its self.

- Sunland, CA, USA

problem #8

May 302015


  • miles
The driver's side blind spot warning light constantly goes on & off. It has always done this & dealership cannot find anything wrong. The passenger side has done it in the past but I haven't noticed it lately. It is very annoying & now I turn the system off most of the time.

- Monroe Twp, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 132015


  • 3,500 miles
Vehicle gets 28 mph on highway for long distance travel. Vehicle is advertise to get 36 on highway. Two trips of 9 to 10 hours on highway (non-mountain)shows 28 mph. Third trip 4.5 hours shows 28 mph on highway. Vehicle gets the same 28 mph city. Extremely poor mileage on highway. I have continuously reported this problem to Nissan dealership, and was told by service manager the computer had to catch up with the car.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 102014


  • 4,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the rodents were biting the wires inside the engine. The failure occurred on three occasions. In addition, the headlight wiring was damaged due to the rodents. The vehicle was N ot diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kingston, OK, USA

problem #5

Jan 032016


  • 620 miles
My Altima is only 2 months old and did not start 4X already. It seems to do this first thing in the morning when the car is cold. My steering wheel is vibrating constantly and I can feel a vibration with my foot on the accelerator. There is a loud noise like a constant dentist drill under my hood that is louder every time I turn. The dealership just replaced my power steering pump and there is no change! my passenger airbag light is on when there is a passenger in the car. It will go off during drive time. It does not matter if I have my purse, a bag, heavy books or a person-it sporadically goes off and on while I am driving. I do not feel safe knowing the airbag will not deploy in a crash! lithia Nissan has checked the sensor, but it is still doing it. I owned a 2008 Altima and 2011 Altima that never required service other than oil changes and air in my tires. I am very disappointed with this 2015 piece of junk! I can hear wind noise no matter what speed I am driving. I feel like I am in a crash test every time I slow down. Nissan tech said it is the new cvt transmission. Honda, Lexus, Toyota, Mercedes and Audi have cvt and it is a smooth ride! why does Nissan cvt jerk you around? the car is so cheaply made the speakers are popped up and paint is chipping. I have reported my issues to Nissan Corp. And BBB. The newest issue is the RPM rev up as I sit at red lights. I want Nissan to rebuy this car back!

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #4

Oct 052015


  • 4,500 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle changed gears without notice. The vehicle shifted into neutral without warning. The vehicle was placed into gear and resumed normal operation. The contact stated that the keyless entry failed and the air bag warning light illuminated. The failures recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 4,500. The VIN was not available.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 022015


  • 8,000 miles


I bought a brand new Nissan Altima 2015 car. My car has been having issues. Right now, its mass air flow (maf) sensor failed which had caused safety concerns including drivability problems. The car at times dies in the middle of the road and its hard to control the car. I have infants in my car and I feel it is not safe for a brand new car to have issues. According to my dealer maf sensor is a known issue with Nissan cars. Two days ago I nearly had an accident because of this issue.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 192015


  • 175 miles
Nissan Altima 2015 purchased on 8/15/15 with 6 miles on the engine. On 8/19/15 car was dead without power. Battery was replaced and two days later it started powering off again as the vehicle was warming up, and as I was idle at red lights. Has turned off 6 times total since purchasing car 17 days ago. Called Nissan Consumer Affairs and finance which authorized return of the vehicle. Dealership did not comply stating that I had to make reasonable attempts to repair per the lemon law. Do not purchase Nissan, they have worked the loopholes to go against the consumer, protect themselves, and not create recalls for this. Other competitor dealerships accept returns on vehicle malfunctions within 30 - 60 days after purchase. Nissan does not offer this same option because they know their products have faults.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122015


  • 2,300 miles
While driving alone on 03/12/2015 noticed the airbag auxiliary light come on in my new 2015 Nissan Altima. The Altima was serviced for this on 03/18/2015 and the light was reset with the technician stating the passenger side airbag sensor was under recall. Then, while driving on 03/22/2015 the airbag auxiliary light came on once again, also when I was the only occupant in the vehicle. The Altima was serviced again for this issue on 03/25/2015 where the technician stated objects left on the passenger seat (laptop bags, etc.) can cause the sensor to go off and that it's a known issue. They recommended to not put anything onto the passenger seat aside from an adult person. Although I have placed a bag onto the passenger seat a couple of times while driving, the airbag auxiliary light never came on while anything or anyone was in the passenger seat. Then again today, 03/26/2015, the airbag auxiliary light came back on in my 2015 Nissan Altima while I was driving with nothing/no one in the passenger seat.

- Woburn, MA, USA

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