The Nissan Altima: Buy or Not?
Review of The Nissan Altima
Hey, Sacramento dealers and drivers! 👋
We’re a fan of Nissan’s over here, and we wanted to review the Nissan Altima today. This midsize sedan often boosts confidence whether you’re driving or selling one, because it’s a car with a long lifespan.
Nissan is no slouch in other areas like design or tech either. While the oldest models may not be on the red carpet anymore, they will get the job done. 🚗🌟
We’ve sold tons of Nissan’s at Capital City Auto Auction, so we wanted to offer some opinion, and some data, to the Nissan discussion:
- Best Nissan Altima years
- Pros and cons
- Typical prices of new vs. used Altima’s
- What you expect to find at auto auctions near you, particularly here at Capital City Auction
🗓️ The Best Nissan Altima Model Years:
While newer models like the 2020 Nissan Altima and 2021 Nissan Altima are praised for refined designs, advanced technology, and improved safety features, older Nissan’s have a special place in the hearts of drivers because of that reliability and affordability.
The 2017 Nissan Altima strikes a balance between value and quality with fuel-efficient engines, comfortable interiors, and a smooth ride.
Going back to the pre-2015 redesign, there are great options:
- 2004 Nissan Altima: Very few complaints on these old timers! 💪(Also the 2000 and late 90s Nissan Altima models)
- 2007 Nissan Altima: Known for its sporty handling and ample passenger space. It offered a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines, providing different power options to suit your needs.
- 2010, 2011, and 2012 Nissan Altima: A refreshed, restyled front end and improved fuel efficiency. It was praised for its comfortable ride and spacious interior.
We often see Altima’s selling with an average mileage approaching 200,000 miles, with popular model years being the early 2000s. Keep reading to find out the average price! 🤑
The Nissan Altima doesn’t lack performance. The 2020 and 2021 models boasted an available VC-Turbo engine that adjusts its compression ratio to deliver either maximum power or remarkable efficiency based on your driving needs.
For all-wheel drive (AWD) lovers, the Altima has AWD options available for various trims, providing enhanced traction and control.
Even older models have a spacious interior which is helpful for passengers, luggage, and you know, more leg room. 😉
🛣️ Advanced Safety Features:
Nissan's Safety Shield 360 comes standard on many trims, and includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and more, ensuring that you're well-protected on the road.
Even older models are equipped with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
🏆 Great Rankings:
The Nissan Altima consistently ranks as one of the best cars in multiple categories:
Best Midsize Sedan:
The Altima often ranks on lists of the best midsize sedans due to its combination of style, comfort, and performance.
Top Safety Pick:
The Altima has been recognized as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), highlighting its commitment to safety and advanced driver assistance features.
Impressive Fuel Efficiency:
Competitive fuel efficiency makes it a practical choice for daily commuting.
That dependability we talked about is lauded by drivers and experts.
Speaks for itself.
Consumer Choice Awards:
Consumer Guide, Consumer Reports and more have recognized the Altima.
EPA Green Vehicle Guide:
Certain Altima models are listed as environmentally friendly options in the EPA Green Vehicle Guide due to reduced emissions.
Technology and Infotainment:
Newer Altima models are often praised for their advanced technology and infotainment systems, ranking high for tech-savvy consumers.
⚠️ Nissan Altima Problems
Keep in mind:
Worst Nissan Altima Years:
2013 (most complaints), as well as 2009, 2005, and 2002. Look out for Engine problems, CVT Shuttering, Vibration, and Rough Handling, Steering Wheel lockup in the 2009 model, and transmission failure in certain models. Read more here.
Older models may not have the latest tech and safety features.
While this is proof of an Altima’s lifespan, that lifespan may be nearing the end if you’re bidding on a car with over 250,000 miles.We've sold plenty of those too.
More maintenance, and larger maintenance for higher mileage vehicles.
Remember, a Nissan Altima is a great car, but problems happen, and you want your mechanic with you to inspect cars at Capital City Auto Auction.
💲Nissan Altima Price
Now we come to the brass taxes! A new Nissan Altima will run you between $25,000 and $30,000.
A used 2010 Nissan Altima with, say, 100,000 miles, at a dealership will run you between $5,000 and $10,000.
Average prices for Nissan Altima’s at Capital City run waaaaaay lower. Over the past 6 months we sold dozens and the average sale price was $750. That's right! And most of them were 2007 and 2009 models.
If you compare 🍏 to 🍎 then you're saving roughly 50-90%, on average, by buying from Capital City, even when you factor in repair costs. That’s a deal! It’s a steal in fact! 😀 And remember, many of our inventory is donated, so it’s usually in good shape.
OK, we’ll stop trying to guilt you. Let the condition reports and bid prices speak for themselves.
A Nissan Altima at an Auction Near You
At the time of this article, 15 Nissan’s, including Altima’s, were waiting for new owners at our auction lot! And more one the way.