2015 Nissan Altima

MSRP $22,300 - $32,350

Ranked #9 in Sedan

7.4

Overall Rating

2015 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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It is simply a huge challenge to champion the American’s ever-changing taste and the time depth of the Altima is a sort of testament of Nissan’s resilience in this demographic. It has been through many ups and downs and has undergone many upgrades to stay refreshing for the customer base. 

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Pros

Powertrain variations

Exhilarating Power

Adaptive Suspension

Cons

Underwhelming look

Dimensional figures

What's New?

No major updates this year 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22300

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

191.5 in.

width

72 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3108 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

10000 lbs.

payload capacity

1034 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/32/38 mpg

highway range

684 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

2.5 Base$22,300 onwards

2.5 S$22,560 onwards

2.5 SV$24,720 onwards

3.5 S$26,450 onwards

2.5 SL$28,150 onwards

3.5 SV$29,830 onwards

3.5 SL$31,950 onwards

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Though, unlike history, it does not have any major update for 2015 yet the variations on the trim level along with powertrain shuffling would be enough for you to land on a desirable one as per your need. The 2015 Altima goes straight against the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, and the Mazda 3 with a starting price of $23,135 for the base and onwards. Thus, it would be interesting to see how it performs against the old-age performers.


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Nissan Altima Features

8.5/10

The Nissan Altima comes in 4 variants and all of them can be coupled with either a 2.5L I-4 or 3.5 L V6 except the Base which is available in the smaller format only. The trims do have some level of variation in their offers like interior tech-ends and wheels. The Base trim gets the 16" x 7.0" Steel Wheels which upgrades to the 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels for the SV trims. Further adding to the same narration, the Base has been loaded with the 6-Speakers Audio Set which again mutates to 9-Speakers including Woofers in the SL trim. The price band has been kept within the limits for all the trims of the Altima.

Trim

Base

S

SV

SL

MSRP

$23,135

$23,395

$25,555

$28,985

Key Features

2.5L I4 Powertrain unit 

Bluetooth Wireless Technology

SiriusXM

Adaptive Suspension

 

P215/60TR16

EPAS

Voice Recognition Commands

AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System

 

Xtronic CVT

Hill Hold Control

Engine Immobilizer

Speed-Sensitive Volume

 

6-Speakers Audio Set

Brake Assist

NissanConnect Smartphone Apps

5" Display Unit

 

16" x 7.0" Steel Wheels

Chrome-Accented Grille

17" X 7" Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels

9-Speakers including Woofers

The Altima in general has Xtronic CVT across all the trims. An EPAS for light steering and proper feedback to assist the handling dynamics has been integrated into it as well. Moreover, one also gets Voice Recognition Commands and NissanConnect Smartphone Apps depending on the trims. The 5" Display Unit does not have any glare and is pretty responsive too. The Hill Hold Control and Brake Assist are some of the important assets that can be handy to amateur drivers. Therefore, the Altima may seem to be a decent package overall.

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The price tag for each trim is under the limits only so there should be no hassle but as it does seem to be less appealing on some fronts which make our conscience gets activated. It, in the end, becomes much more logical to go with the SV trim as it offers quite a comfort with its power-assisted setting within the cabin with a parallel performance curve in comparison to others. The other added benefits include the NissanConnect Smartphone Apps and other intuitive interior techs at its disposal.

2015 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

7.0/10

There is hardly anything left uncovered to date in the Nissan Altima powertrain offering. Both the variants are impressive in their power output. The smaller 2.5 L I-4 gives you an acceleration to reach 60 mph from a standstill within 8.3 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 16.2. This is achieved with the help of 182 hp of power @ 6000 RPMs and 180 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 RPMs. This is amplified with the 3.5 L V-6 variant to 270 hp and 251 lb-ft respectively. The whole setup is coupled with a CVT which is married to an FWD layout. The CVT can be described as daily commuting ease but takes away the performance poke.

Model

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Honda Civic

2015 Mazda 3

2015 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$23,135

$20,825

$17,765

$23,805

Engine

2.5L I-4

1.8 L I-4

2.0 L I-4

2.5L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Automatic

Power

182 @ 6000

143 @ 6500

155 @ 6000

178 @ 6000

Torque

180 @ 4000

129 @ 4300

150 @ 4000

170 @ 4100

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.3

9

7.2

7.9

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.2

17.2

16.2

16.2

Top speed (mph)

116

N/A

N/A

122

In terms of comparison, it just lagged way behind all the others standing in the queue except the Honda Civic. The Mazda 3 is simply a gem in this department and that too at a much cheaper price. The case study even respects the Toyota Camry for its exemplary power figures and the corresponding results. Hence, it compels us to overlook the Altima, despite its segment-leading performance figures as they don’t offer what is expected.

2015 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

After the performance, cometh the fuel economy of the 2015 Nissan Altima which might make up for the initial choosing of any customer. Well, Altima is decent here with respect to its underappreciated performance as it is inclined to give you 27 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highways, and 31 mpg overall. The range even exceeds the 550 miles scale making it the segment leader in terms of refueling status. This is by far a benchmark for others to follow and the 18 gallons of the fuel tank is a matter to be thanked here. If the Civic gets such an increment in its tank then the story might flip to the other side. 

Model

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Honda Civic

2015 Mazda 3

2015 Toyota Camry

MPG (city)

27

30

29

25

MPG (Highway)

38

39

41

35

MPG (Combined)

31

33

33

28

Fuel Capacity

18

13.2

13.2

17

Range (City/highway)

486/684/558

396/514.8/435.6

382.8/541.2/435.6

425/595/476

The Mazda 3, despite having a smaller tank, is a fuel economy monster as it gets 41 mpg on the highways and 33 mpg on average. This allows it to have a reach of at max 541 miles. Even the Honda has a comparable offering but the tank size confines its success on the whole. On the other hand, the performance curve makes the Camry struggle with its mileage figures. But one should not overlook, in the midst of comparison, the lackluster in the Altima.

2015 Nissan Altima Interior

8.0/10

The Interior has been kept consistent throughout 2015 but Altima still manages to give you some extra which can be soothing and comforting. This includes the power-assisted height and position adjustment in the seats which is replicated in the SV and SL trims. The comfort zone is even more intensified by the power-heating availability in the same trim levels. The Manual Air Conditioning in the lower trims is ousted by the Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning. Even the cabin tastes the leather-trimming on the gear shifter and steering wheel which lacks in lower trims.

Model

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Honda Civic

2015 Mazda 3

2015 Toyota Camry

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/56.4/45

39.0/56.6/42.0

38.6/57.2/42.2

38.8/58/41.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/56.4/36.1

37.1/53.3/36.2

37.6/54.4/35.8

38.1/56.6/38.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.4

12.5

12.4

15.4

If the self-centering is saturated then one can see the difference in its abilities with respect to other rivals. It has a segment-leading cargo volume along with a roomy first row. One may experience a little bit of squeezing in the rear row but that is manageable to a large extent. The others are also very much on par with the former in their space management. Thus, all offer a decent room for one to be easily settled. Some of the features are:

  • Power-Heated Seats
  • Power-Assisted Height Adjustments
  • Leather trimming on steering wheel
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

How intuitive is the 2015 Nissan Altima’s infotainment unit?

The Nissan Altima is quite humble in its entertainment package. The lower trims lack some of the premium touches which have been bestowed in the higher trims like the NissanConnect Smartphone Apps and 9-Speaker with Amplifier Audio set. Apart from these variations, there are a couple of features that are standard across all the trims and the list goes on to count the 6-Speaker unit, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, Voice Recognition Commands, and Speed-Sensitive Volume. Some of the features are:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 player
  • NissanConnect Smartphone Apps
  • Voice Recognition Commands
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume
  • 6-Speaker unit

2015 Nissan Altima Exterior

7.0/10

What can you expect from a $23,000 machinery? If it includes a bunch of expression characteristics then you might not be disappointed with your expectation. The Altima is definitely one of those very expressive sedans in the market. The chrome-accented grille has trapezium curvature on the front which merges with the stark and flashy headlights. 

The side view is enhanced by the complimentary 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels in the higher trims or 16" x 7.0" Steel Wheels in the Base trim. The rear is simpler and does not hold any worthy asset which can make an impact. Thus, if you are going to own one, you must have at least a presence that is parallel to the Mazda 3

Model

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Honda Civic

2015 Mazda 3

2015 Toyota Camry

Curb Weight (lbs)

3108

2786

2781

3240

Length (in.)

191.5

179.4

180.3

190.9

Width (in.)

72

69

70.7

71.7

Height (in.)

57.9

56.5

57.3

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.4

N/A

6.1

6.1

Wheelbase (in.)

109.3

105.1

106.3

 

109.3

The Altima is relatively a bigger and lengthier one among the rivals. But sedans generally have such dimensions due to their extended trunk. This helps the Altima to have a streamlined airflow in aerodynamics stability as it lacks lip spoilers in the rear. The one in the closest proximity to the aforementioned is the Toyota Camry. It shares the same platform of dimensional limit boundaries. The other two, apart from these, are lighter and more compact which improves their cornering prowess. Some of the features are:

  • 17" X 7" Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Chrome-Accented Grille
  • P215/55VR17 AS Tires
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels

2015 Nissan Altima Safety

7.0/10

The Nissan Altima comes with standard features like the ABS, Traction control which are sort of bare minimum as per the safety norms. Then, it starts to get a bit more complicated with its Adaptive Suspension and Electronic Stability Control. The Airbags system encompasses the occupants and thus the cabin is made ready for any vicissitudes. 

Not just that, it has a sound structure as well which is concreted by the 5-star ratings in almost all parameters and the IIHS has a similar saying here. Thus one can be confident of their safe commuting on a daily basis at such an affordable price. But it could have been given a bit more extensions. Some of the features are:

  • Adaptive Suspension
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction control
  • ABS
  • Airbags

2015 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

The Nissan Altima can be one of the decent picks but Mazda 3 is a more capable and better-looking option in hand at a relatively lower price tag. So, there are very slim chances which makes it a desirable sedan to own. Even Corolla seems to outclass in some important segments. Therefore, it is advised not to go for it in the first place. 

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