The Nissan Altima has been a pretty good option for those looking for a midsized sedan for quite some time, but it has been a bit of a moving target when it comes to the reasons why. When it first launched, it was a breath of fresh air in the class due to its immense driveability. It may be more family-focused at this point, but that does not mean it has lost any of its appeal.
The 2015 Nissan Altima finds itself maturing in a fashion, becoming more refined in areas that it once lacked polish, and if that meant it lost some of its scrappiness, that is fine. It has gained other things like NASA-inspired seats, technological innovations and an upscale cabin. Safety and fuel economy are now its calling cards, powering it to the top of Nissan’s sales charts.
Standard Features and Available Options
The Nissan Altima comes in trim levels also divided by the engine under the hood. For example, there is the base 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, and 3.5 SL. Standard equipment on the base 2.5 includes cloth seats, power accessories, push button start with intelligent key, Bluetooth streaming audio and a four-speaker stereo with CD player.
Other available features and options include:
- Eight-way power seats
- Steering wheel audio controls/li>
- Automatic headlights
- Paddle shifters
- Leather seating
- 6 or 9-speaker upgraded stereos
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- LED taillights
- Mirror-mounted turn signals
- Navigation system
- 7-inch touchscreen
- Rear spoiler
Having multiple trim levels tied to different engines may seem to muddle the waters, but in actuality Nissan has actually made things pretty simple by comparison.
Engines and Performance
As previously stated, the 2015 Nissan Altima has two engines to choose from, giving you the choice of going for the gusto, or playing it safe with good fuel economy. Obviously, the 2.5L four-cylinder is the more efficient of the two engines, producing 182 horsepower and economy ratings of 27 city and 38 highway mpg.
The 3.5L of course produces more torque, coming in at 270 horsepower. Fuel economy drops to 22 city and 31 highway. This engine runs 0-60 in approximately 7.1 seconds, compared to the 2.5L which gets there in 8 seconds).
Both engines come paired with a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. The 2.5L engine is already a bit loud, and when you add the noise a CVT creates it does start to intrude on the cabin. The 3.5L throws manual shifters in with the CVT to give the driver a bit more control.
Safety is course a major selling point for the Altima this year, but so are the Sachs shocks that soften the ride.
The 2015 Nissan Altima interior steps up in one area that has hurt the Altima in past model years, and that is the infotainment screen size and functionality. This has started to become a real selling point in the segment as some models had leapt ahead of the Altima. The available 7-inch touchscreen available in the 2015 Altima takes steps to erase that disadvantage.
The rest of the interior is similarly punched up. The Zero-Gravity seats in front, designed with help from NASA, are more than hyperbole. This year sees the Altima grow in both length and width, maintaining a surprisingly roomy cabin. In the back, there is approximately 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the category.
This sedan is well worth more than a glance. To test drive the 2015 Nissan Altima, cruise by Cherry Hill Nissan at 2325 Route 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ.