Nissan is an automaker that has been around since 1933, and now it’s just 11 years short of completing a century in the auto-manufacturing industry. In the recent past, the craze for SUVs has gripped the entire market more than ever, and SUVs are no longer the preserve of off-road enthusiasts only, but also family units and anyone looking to grab attention when driving down the street. .
The Japanese brand has been making SUVs for a long time, which means they have the base to a T and have certainly made cars that have been at the top of the market over the years. On the other hand, because we’ve been making cars for as long as Nissan has been making, it’s impossible to be flawless, and the brand is no exception. These are the best and worst Nissan SUVs to ever come off the assembly line.
10 Best: Armada 2019
The Armada is Nissan’s largest SUV and loaded with a 5.6L V8 engine, it put out a decent 390 horsepower along with 394 lb-ft of torque. Unsurprisingly, the more recent and newest models of the Armada are the ones that have proven to be more reliable.
The 2019 Armada had extremely few problems to boot and boasted a high score of 82 in the quality and reliability department† With great interiors and comfortable seats, the 2019 Armada shines as a commendable SUV in Nissan’s history.
9 Best: Murano 2020
The Nissan Murano has been a great family crossover SUV for generations. However, between 2015 and 2017, the quality and reliability of the Murano had taken a dip, and so had customer perception.
The new generation of the Murano, specifically the 2020 Nissan Murano, changed things with a refreshed look and changed the customer’s perception of it. It also has the highest reliability rating of any Murano and packed with the latest technology, the 2020 Murano is arguably the Japanese automaker’s most polished urban crossover SUV.
8 Best: 2014 Armada
When it comes to the first-generation Nissan Armada, you simply couldn’t have gone wrong with choosing a 2014 model. The 2013 model garnered critical acclaim and excellent reviews and ratings, upon which the 2014 Armada made improvements and delivered a nearly flawless Nissan SUV (2015 saw a dip in reliability).
This made the 2014 Armada one of the best Nissan SUVs of the 2010s and throughout their history. With an impressive score of 81 on JD Power, the 2014 Armada was at its peak in its life cycle, and it showed that experience.
7 Best: Rogue 2020
2020 was certainly a good year for Nissan, as they excelled not only with the Murano, but also with the Rogue. This year’s Nissan Rogue has the least number of complaints ever about the car and offers excellent handling while packed with features and next-generation technology that has something for everyone.
Quality and reliability for the 2020 Nissan Rogue were also an impressive 81 on JD Powerand Nissan played to its strengths, making the model year car one of their best ever.
6 Best: 2006 Murano
When it comes to the first generation of the Nissan Murano, the SUV came out with flying colors in 2006. Throughout its life cycle, the Murano has had issues with its CVT, but the 2006 Murano reported the fewest issues.
Plus, it came out during the Nissan Revival, and Nissan didn’t go wrong with the Murano, which became a stylish, urban crossover SUV that lasted and actually still going strong with over 100,000 miles on the odometer†
5 Worst: 2004 Armada
The Nissan Armada is for the most part an SUV that pleases customers, but even this SUV has been unable to avoid problems and problems, some of which were very serious. The 2004 was not only the worst Armada yet, but also one of the worst SUVs Nissan has ever made.
The 2004 Armada, which was dubbed the Nissan Pathfinder Armada, was full of engine and brake problems, the last of which was a scourge for this model year. 352 complaints about the brakes alone went to the NHTSA, with the occasional fuel system problem making the 2004 Armada an absolute pain to live with.
4 Worst: Pathfinder 2005
Right after its worst year on record, the Pathfinder seemed unable to regain ground and continued to stumble. 2005 to 2008 were the worst years for the SUV, and it became infamous in magazine and automotive circles for being plagued with mistakes.
The 2005 Pathfinder has the most problems of any Pathfinder ever, and the transmission was the most defective. Problems with the fuel system, engine and exhaust pump followed, but the transmission was one straight from hellmaking this SUV one of the worst to ever come off a Nissan assembly line.
3 Worst: 2004 Murano
Here’s another early 2000s Nissan car that was essentially just a bag of problems wrapped in sheet metal. The year with the highest number of complaints against the Muranothe 2004 Nissan Murano had tons of body and paint issues, followed by a plethora of engine and transmission failures.
Furthermore, the car also had extreme rust issues that drove customers against the wall, and excessive oil consumption also caused customers to abandon the car for a while before Nissan took a few generations to renew confidence in their SUV.
2 Worst: 2006 Armada
One of the worst years to buy a first-generation Nissan Armada is the 2006 model, which has a whole host of interior and braking issues, for starters?† Of course, as it was 2006, there were more problems, since we are talking about a Nissan SUV.
Damage to the catalytic converter was another of the 2006 Armada’s Constant Trouble† A failing fuel pump added to the problems the 2006 Armada had, making it just the biggest bag of Armada problems Nissan made.
1 Worst: Pathfinder 2014
When it comes to the worst SUV Nissan has ever made, the 2014 Pathfinder easily takes the cake simply because it left a bitter taste in the customer’s mouth, but an even worse one at Nissan. Until a few years, Nissan was notorious for its CVT mistakeswhich the brand seemed unable to smooth out, give or take for a decade.
As a result, the SUV even sparked a class-action lawsuit against Nissanwhich Nissan lost disastrously, making it without a doubt the worst SUV the Japanese automaker ever decided to make.