2015 Nissan Altima Expert Review

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.1 Comfort 4.3 Styling 3.8 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

The 2015 Nissan Altima gets a little more fuel efficient and a little more high-tech, all to keep up in the fast-moving and hyper-competitive midsize-sedan segment. The powerful V6 gets a slight bump in fuel economy, and Nissan makes its NissanConnect app suite standard on SV and SL models, along with blind-spot warning, and other high-tech safety systems.

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The 2015 Nissan Altima offers all the "best-of" benefits of a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, but without the midsize-sedan "me-too" factor that inevitably comes with buying one of those cars. The fact that it delivers excellent fuel economy and subtly cool styling is icing on the cake.

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While the Altima is fuel efficient, there's no hybrid or diesel offering to tempt the greenest buyers. The Altima also gives up some features compared to its rivals.

What's New

Introduced last year, Nissan has expanded the availability of its apps-driven infotainment system known as NissanConnect, making it standard equipment on Altima SV and SL models. The V6 also gets a one-mpg bump in fuel economy.

Interior Features

No matter how much you like the 2015 Nissan Altima's interior layout, or its plentiful high-end and soft-touch materials, or the easy-to-use center stack, it's the NASA-inspired "zero gravity" front bucket seats that you'll love the most. They're designed to approach the relaxed "neutral posture" the human body assumes in a weightless environment. While we didn't book time on Virgin Galactic to test the claim, we can say that they're surprisingly comfortable for the long haul, especially for midsize-sedan class cars. The rear seat offers very good legroom, and the huge trunk can swallow just about anything.

Exterior Features

The 2015 Nissan Altima strikes a difficult balance, managing to look stylish, but without running the risk of getting prematurely dated. The classic proportions help: The Altima is wide, giving it an aggressive stance, and the body's long lines give it character without going overboard, like the Hyundai Sonata. The result is a midsize sedan that maybe isn't quite as pretty as a Ford Fusion, Mazda6, or even a Chevy Malibu, but one that definitely looks more distinctive than a Toyota Camry or Volkswagen Passat.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Nissan Altima's key selling point may be its driving dynamics. Without giving up any of its mainstream family-car duties, this midsize sedan nonetheless manages to impart a measure of driving fun that's uncommon in the segment. Its multilink independent suspension and best-in-class continuously variable automatic transmission will convince you that Nissan engineers are truthful when they say they benchmarked premium sedans like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. While a bit stiff on the harshest surfaces, the Nissan Altima won't beat you up around town while remaining nimble enough on mountain roads to be, dare we say, fun. The powerful 3.5-liter V6 is the obvious enthusiast choice, but the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is more than adequate for light loads and level roads. The unique multifunction rearview camera performed its lookout jobs well, and the NASA-inspired seats proved as fatigue-reducing as claimed.

Pricing Notes

Prices for the 2015 Nissan Altima sedan are right in line with the competition. The base model starts reasonably enough at the $23,000 mark, a little more than a VW Passat or Hyundai Sonata, but right there with the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu. Move up to the loaded SL with a V6, and you're looking at about $32,000. To make your best deal on a 2015 Altima, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price which shows what others in your area are paying for their cars. The Altima's resale value should also be mid-pack, a little less than perennial midsize-sedan favorites Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but better than the rest in this highly competitive class.

Notable Equipment

The base 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 comes standard with a 6-way manual driver's seat and a 4-way front passenger seat, plus a 60/40-split/folding rear bench seat, power windows and doorlocks, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with touch controls, remote keyless entry with a pushbutton ignition, NissanConnect Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a 4.0-inch color customizable Advanced Driver Assist display. New to the standard list for 2015 SV models is the NissanConnect app suite, along with a new 8-way power driver's seat. Top-line 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL sedans get loaded with leather, premium trim, automatic climate control, and other luxuries.

Notable Options

Nissan bundles most of its major features with specific models, leaving few standalone options. Among them is a Convenience Package for SV models, which adds a moonroof, rear air conditioning vents, and a one-touch passenger side window, among other things. A Technology package for the SV and SL models adds navigation to the touch screen. Altima S models can be augmented with a Display Audio Package that adds a 5-inch color display, and a Sport Value package that adds a remote engine start, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a trunk-mounted spoiler.

Favorite Features

EASY FILL TIRE ALERT

Falling squarely into the why-didn't-anybody-think-of-this-before category is the Nissan Altima's Easy Fill Tire Alert. Using the tire pressure monitoring system – standard on all cars since 2007 – the Altima's horn honks and the lights flash to let you know you've added enough air to the tires.

NISSANCONNECT

There's no question we love our handheld gadgets, and manufacturers are scrambling to bring mobile connectivity to the driver's seat. NissanConnect lets Altima SV and SL owners use things like Facebook. To avoid distractions, the keyboard sensibly locks out when you're driving.

Under the Hood

While many manufacturers are offering different 4-cylinder engines, hybrids, and diesels, the 2015 Nissan Altima sedan goes the traditional route by offering a base 4-cylinder and a V6 as the "up" engine. The 2.5-liter four is designed for lighter weight and higher efficiency, while the 3.5-liter V6 offers improved fuel economy, adding one mpg to the combined and highway scores. Both drive the Altima's front wheels through the only gearbox offered, Nissan's next-generation Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Not everyone loves a CVT, which drives engine revs ahead of vehicle speed during strong acceleration, but this one accounts for both the 4-cylinder and the V6's impressive fuel economy, and it comes with fixed-ratio-simulating manual shift paddles on up-level Altima models.

2.5-liter inline-4 (2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SL and 2.5 SV)

182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

180 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/38 mpg

3.5-liter V6 (3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL)

270 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

258 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg

Editors' Notes

Midsize family sedans are the heart of the new-car market, accounting for a huge number of sales each year. Every manufacturer wants a slice of that pie, and it's not uncommon for the Nissan Altima to have one of the biggest slices, after the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, of course. The 2015 Nissan Altima offers a handful of subtle upgrades to keep it in the hunt, such as slightly better fuel economy for the 3.5-liter V6, and expanded availability of NissanConnect, the manufacturer's app suite. All of this comes in a car that offers up lots of interior space, a classy design, and premium materials throughout the handsome cabin.

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Runs very smoothly and it is a perfect size.

2015 Nissan Altima

I own a Nissan Altima and it is honestly the best car I have had yet. I don't even think about buying a new one anytime soon. It is a perfect size, very smooth and well regulated. I have had it for about two years now and it still looks brand new. It looks as if I just took it out yesterday. The color is very nice and bright. My car is red, so in my opinion I believe it is very appealing and very beautiful. The seats are comfortable, the radio(service) is great, and the trunk is very wide. The only problem I have been dealing with are the breaks. Every time I want to stop or slow down it makes this squeaky noise and I dislike. Also, one of the wheels keeps constantly running out of air. Two things, whenever you feel like you are car has a problem solve it. Fix your car because the smallest things can be the most important. I know breaks and wheels are very important, but the problem can be fixed. It all has to depend on the way you treat your car too. I have treated my car quite fairly, but at some point my breaks were just slowly squeaking and left back tire starting giving away it is air. The tires have always worked great, but I live in a ranch where the road has many bumps and a bumpy road causes tires to mess up. One wheel can balanced while the other is on a bumpy part of the road. If it wasn't for the places I lived in my wheels would be perfectly fine. I highly recommend to you guys this valuable car.

- Maria I

The many reasons why I recommend a Nissan.

2015 Nissan Altima

I own a Nissan Altima 2015, it so far been my favorite car there is so many amazing things that I love about this car such as, it has adjustable seats, a keyless remote with a push start so you will not need to put a key in the ignition, automatic lights that can turn on and off for you depending on the weather and the time of day. You also have so many different steering wheel controls, so you can make sure there is no warning signs on your car. Such as tire pressure, oil leak pretty much anything maintenance related, which is very nice to know if there is a problem with your car, because let's be real waiting on problems gets very expensive so it is nice to know right when the problem begins. Another thing the steering wheel can do is you can control your radio by changing stations or even adjusting the volume to your liking. I also like that I can press a button on the wheel and connect it with my phone so I can still hear and reply to text messages when I get them I can also make calls all without actually looking at my phone. Do not forget about the option of getting a back up camera which I would definitely recommend. This little camera sees things that I possibly could not even if I do not like it will been at you that you are too close to something so you know to move away. This car in my opinion has been very safe and reliable no only this but I feel the driving is smoother compared to other cars.

- Kristina G

2015 Nissan Altima s: great for college student and families.

2015 Nissan Altima

I love mostly everything about the car. It can easily increase its speed without having lag. I appreciate the Bluetooth accessory it has because it allows my phone to automatically connect and play music without having to mess around with it. The brakes work very smoothly, and work instantly if needed unlike other cars that sometimes you have to press down ahead of time or harder. The only problems I have with it is I notice that sometimes the signal works weird. For example, if it is accelerating at a high rate and I apply the signal to the right, it will somehow be sensitive and show the left signal once I am trying to turn it back off. Another downside I have with the car is that the lights work a bit weird in the daytime. If it is a bit foggy and cloudy or rainy, if it is not dark enough it will not turn on the headlights when it is set to auto. I understand it is probably because it is not dark enough outside, but when I try to manually set the lights it only turns on the low beams. Other than that, I think the performance of the car is great as well as the reliability. I can always drive the car and know there will be no problems in doing so. The comfort of the car is good, and I can appreciate its small features as well.

- Elsie M

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