New for 2015

Changes to the Nissan Altima for 2015 were mostly new model and package content: navigation, blind-spot monitoring, moving object detection, and lane departure warning are now standard on 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL models; V-6 equipped models gain one mpg on the highway; an intelligent climate control is now available on models with the remote engine start feature; and a number of interior color options are added.

Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan that regularly tops the best-sellers list in the U.S. behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Although it was once offered as a two-door coupe, all that remains is a sedan. The Altima fits above the Sentra and below the Maxima in Nissan’s sedan lineup.

Summary

The 2015 Nissan Altima is powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 that makes 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a CVT that drives the front wheels. EPA-estimated fuel economy is a respectable 27/38 mpg city/highway. The optional engine isn’t a turbocharged four-cylinder like some competitors but a 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 251 lb-ft of torque, with an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg.

The NASA-inspired Zero-Gravity seats truly are comfortable for long drives, something we used the Altima for frequently in testing. The suite of active-safety features, which includes blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, and moving-object detection, all rely solely on the rearview camera, which we believe accounted for the reason we got so many false alarms on our long-term Four Seasons 2013 Altima 3.5 SL.

The 2015 Nissan Altima received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

What We Think

After spending a year with a 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL we found that the sedan made a great freeway flyer. The Altima delivered on the promise of fuel-efficient, safe, and comfortable travel. The trouble for us was the lack of character. Staff comments included things like “agreeable,” “seriously inoffensive,” and “car-meleon” speaking of the easy way it blended in with traffic, allowing judicious use of the powerful V-6. For an as-tested price of $32,135 we were surprised by the level of luxury we experienced. After driving a 2.5-liter I-4 equipped model one editor said, “it out-Camry’s the Camry.” This is perfect for the well-rounded sedan Nissan is trying to make, and will likely impress the families who buy them. If you’re like us you’ll find even the V-6 to be boring, which is bad for the enthusiast but not a problem for this segment where 320,723 Altima sedans were sold in 2013, and 335,644 in 2014.

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You’ll Like

  • Lots of value for the price
  • Zero-Gravity seats
  • Efficient engines

You Won’t Like

  • Anonymous styling
  • Rearview camera picture quality could be improved

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Kia Optima
  • Mazda6

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