Pricing for the 2015 Nissan Altima rises slightly, meaning the base model now costs $23,110 after an $810 destination charge, an increase of $130. That price is for the base Altima 2.5 model, which has a 182-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four engine, although all versions of the car see sticker prices rise for 2015.
Moving up to the 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 S will now cost $23,370, the 2.5 SV is now $25,530, and the Altima 2.5 SL will cost $28,960. On the 2.5 SV model, fog lights and an eight-way power driver’s seat are now standard. An intelligent climate control system is new for all Altima models equipped with the remote-start system. It automatically sets heating, cooling, and defrost settings based on ambient temperatures when the driver activates the remote start.
Versions of the 2015 Nissan Altima with the 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine see fuel economy increase 1 mpg on the highway, to 22/32 mpg (city/highway), although Nissan has not yet specified what changes result in the new efficiency rating. Pricing for the 2015 Nissan Altima 3.5 S now starts at $27,260 with destination, up $130 compared to the 2014 model, while the 3.5 SV is $30,640 and the 3.5 SL costs $32,760. The 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL both add NissanConnect with navigation, blind-spot warning, moving object detection, and lane-departure warning as standard.
The Altima is Nissan's top-selling model, with 320,723 sedans sold in all of 2013 and 114,289 cars sold through the first four months of this year. As of last month, the Nissan Altima is second-place in 2014 year-to-date sales among all midsize sedans, trailing only the Toyota Camry.
Update: Nissan says the fuel-economy improvement comes from using low rolling-resistance tires, recalibrating the V-6 engine's variable valve timing, reprogramming the engine computer, and fitting lower-friction piston rings.