How Many Miles Can A Nissan Altima Last If Used As A Commuter?
If you commute daily to your place of work, you’re probably aware of the fact that you put more miles on your car than most. For commuters, having a reliable car to get you safely to work and back every day is a must. If you’re considering a Nissan Altima, of course you want to know about its dependability. However, how many miles a Nissan Altima can last is also an important economic consideration in addition to a dependability consideration.
As a popular sedan that’s been around since 1995, it’s probably one of the first cars you would consider as a commuter. After reading this article, you should be in a better position to know whether it deserves serious consideration.
How many miles can a Nissan Altima last?
As you might guess, this simple question, unfortunately, doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Luckily, the Nissan Altima has been around since 1995, giving us plenty of data to go on. How long any Altima last depends on a number of factors, including:
The model year
The rate at which the mileage is being increased
The individual owner’s driving style
The conditions under which it is usually driven
The level of care the owner gives the car
The car’s service record
Any major incidents or accidents in the car’s history
However, there are a few clues that can help us determine an average lifespan you can expect from your Altima:
On Cars.com, there are almost 100 Altimas with mileage over 200,000 while 2 Altimas have over 300,000.
There are still 4 Nissan Altimas from the 1995 model year.
There are also nearly 300 Nissan Altimas from the 2010 model year.
In total, over 1,000 of the Nissan Altimas are older than 10 years, from 1995 to 2010 models.
A cursory glance at car forums also seems to point to the fact that most Altimas are still going strong at around 10 years—or 200,000 miles. Based on their experience so far, most owners are expecting their Altima to make it to 250,000 miles.
So, as a rough estimate, we can say that your Altima should last at least 10 years or 200,000 miles. That means you can add roughly 20,000 miles per year.
So, how long will an Altima last as a commuter?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American driver drives 13,476 miles each year.
That’s much less than our fellow web Altima owners seem to average. This makes total sense as the Altima is a popular choice among commuters as a work car.
The average commute in the U.S. is around 14 miles or 26.1 minutes one way. That totals 28 miles (or 52.2 minutes) each day.
With an average of 261 working days per year, commuting alone takes up an average of around 7,800 miles per year. That’s only to work and back and doesn’t count any work-related trips, grocery runs, child pickups, family trips, or other typical drives you would expect from a family car.
So, even as a daily commuter, you should still fall under the 20,000 miles a year for 10 years mark. If you don’t drive much outside of commuting to work or you will only use the Altima for your daily commute, you can expect it to last around 15 to 20 years.
And that’s still not the end of it!
We have to remember that cars are improving every single year. According to the Department of Transportation, the average light vehicle age was 11.8 years in 2019 compared to 8.4 years in 1995.
With newer models only starting on their journey now, we still don’t know how much further (or longer) they can go.
We also have to consider certain factors specific to the Nissan Altima. First of all, Japanese car brands are known for their reliability and longevity—the Nissan Altima is no different.
Secondly, the 2019 Nissan Altima received the 3rd best J.D. Power rating of all sedans with an 83/100. This score is largely based on a car’s quality and reliability.
Is the Nissan Altima a good car for commuters?
The short answer is, yes. There are a number of reasons why we believe the Nissan Altima is a solid choice for your daily commute:
As we just established, it’s a reliable car that you can expect to run for at least 10 years and over 200,000 miles.
Newer Nissan Altimas come standard with a range of infotainment and driver-assist technologies.
The Nissan Altima is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
All new Nissan Altima trims come with built-in Intelligent AWD, something not available in all sedans.
Although its materials aren’t the highest quality, it still features a reasonably comfortable and spacious interior.
Ready to shake hands with your new work partner?
If you’re wondering how this vehicle stacks up against others, you can find out more about how the Nissan Altima compares with competitors. It’s hard to see how you could go wrong with the Altima as your new car for going to work and back every day. For the next 10+ years or 200,000 miles, at least. Now that you know how many miles a Nissan Altima can last, you’re one step closer to deciding whether or not it’s the right car for the job.