Nissan Altima Depreciation

A Nissan Altima will depreciate 59% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $10,777.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per year, and assumes a purchase price of $26,453 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Nissan Altima Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $6,835 74.16% $19,618 13,500 2021
2 $10,330 60.95% $16,123 27,000 2022
3 $11,354 57.08% $15,099 40,500 2023
4 $13,689 48.25% $12,764 54,000 2024
5 $15,676 40.74% $10,777 67,500 2025
6 $16,941 35.96% $9,512 81,000 2026
7 $17,218 34.91% $9,235 94,500 2027
8 $19,639 25.76% $6,814 108,000 2028
9 $20,387 22.93% $6,066 121,500 2029
10 $20,842 21.21% $5,611 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $6,835 74.16% $19,618
2 $10,330 60.95% $16,123
3 $11,354 57.08% $15,099
4 $13,689 48.25% $12,764
5 $15,676 40.74% $10,777
6 $16,941 35.96% $9,512
7 $17,218 34.91% $9,235
8 $19,639 25.76% $6,814
9 $20,387 22.93% $6,066
10 $20,842 21.21% $5,611

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If you purchase a used Nissan Altima that is 2 years old, then you could save $10,330 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $5,346. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used Altima models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Nissan Altima

The 2018 Nissan Altima is our top pick for the best model year value for the Altima. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 61% of the price as new, with 83% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2016 and 2017 model years are also attractive years for the Altima, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the Altima's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Nissan Altima models.

Nissan Altima Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $26,453 $26,453 $147 $0 0% 100%
2019 $26,022 $19,474 $177 $6,979 26.38% 74.16% Good
2018 $25,647 $15,865 $233 $3,609 18.53% 60.95% Best
2017 $25,748 $15,015 $317 $850 5.36% 57.08% Better
2016 $25,555 $12,703 $372 $2,312 15.4% 48.25% Better
2015 $25,281 $10,785 $485 $1,918 15.1% 40.74% Good
2014 $25,074 $9,707 $690 $1,078 10% 35.96%
2013 $24,293 $9,267 $787 $440 4.53% 34.91%
2012 $24,350 $7,125 $852 $2,142 23.11% 25.76%
2011 $23,716 $6,418 $980 $707 9.92% 22.93%
2010 $23,810 $6,592 $1,009 +$174 -2.71% 23.45%
2009 $22,686 $5,804 $1,163 $788 11.95% 20.46%
2008 $22,237 $5,147 $1,382 $657 11.32% 16.93%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $26,453 100%
2019 $19,474 74.16% Good
2018 $15,865 60.95% Best
2017 $15,015 57.08% Better
2016 $12,703 48.25% Better
2015 $10,785 40.74% Good
2014 $9,707 35.96%
2013 $9,267 34.91%
2012 $7,125 25.76%
2011 $6,418 22.93%
2010 $6,592 23.45%
2009 $5,804 20.46%
2008 $5,147 16.93%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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