2015 Nissan Altima

2.5 FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4

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2015 Nissan Altima
2015 Nissan Altima

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.
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

Rating

4
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The Nissan Altima began 2015 strong with 26,408 units sold, but it wasn’t enough to jump ahead of the reigning midsize champ, the Toyota Camry, which ended January with a sales tally of 26,763.
2014 Nissan Altima Front
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.

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2015 Nissan Altima Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
27 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
38 MPG
Horsepower:
182 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
180 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:51
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2015 Altima and 2016 Maxima vehicles manufactured October 6, 2015, to October 7, 2015. The affected vehicles have front brake calipers whose mounting bolts may not be properly tightened.
Consequences
If the bolts were not properly tightened, the caliper may detach and reduce braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will check the brake caliper mounting bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
119
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.
Consequences
If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will be instructed to modify the bend angle of the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel. In addition, dealers will clean and lubricate the latch joint as needed. If significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced. This repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began March 31, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-565.
Potential Units Affected
625,400
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) notified the agency on July 31, 2015, that they are recalling certain model year 2016 Nissan Maxima vehicles manufactured February 10, 2015, to August 18, 2015. On October 14, 2015, Nissan expanded the recall to cover an additional 41,388 vehicles, including certain model year 2013-2015 Altima 3.5 vehicles equipped with a V6 engine manufactured March 30, 2012, to August 18, 2015 as well as the vehicles covered by the July 31, 2015 notification. In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed o-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel sending unit attaches to the fuel tank.
Consequences
If fuel leaks from between the fuel sending unit and the tank, it may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer ring between the fuel tank and the fuel sending unit. The recall began on September 28, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
46,846
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:51
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Altima and Pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra vehicles, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 vehicles and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (OCS) control unit during a repair. These OCS control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
Consequences
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
919
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:51
Component
AIR BAGS: PASSENGER OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Altima and Pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra vehicles, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 vehicles and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (OCS) control unit during a repair. These OCS control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
Consequences
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
919
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


IIHS Front Small Overlap
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
3
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Nissan Altima

Depreciation
38%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$12,837
38%
Insurance
$7,445
22.1%
Fuel Cost
$7,507
22.2%
Financing
$2,251
6.7%
Maintenance
$2,747
8.1%
Repair Costs
$587
1.7%
State Fees
$378
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $33,752 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average