What's New for 2015:
- Improved fuel economy for available V-6 engine
- SV trim level gains standard 10-way power driver's seat, Intelligent Climate Control that works in conjunction with remote engine starting
- SL trim level adds 4-way power front passenger's seat
- 2.5 SV adds standard fog lights
- 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL include NissanConnect with Mobile Apps technology and a navigation system
- 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and moving-object detection systems
- Altimas with a beige interior now have black carpeting
The 2015 Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan offered with a 4-cylinder engine or a V-6 engine. It competes against a long list of models, including the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.
Models and Features
Altimas with a 4-cylinder engine have a 2.5 series designation, while those with a V-6 engine have a 3.5 series designation. Within each series, S, SV, and SL trim levels are available. Additionally, the Altima 2.5 is offered as a base model without a trim designation.
Key upgrades with the Altima 2.5 S include cruise control, Nissan Intelligent Key passive entry with push-button starting, automatic headlights, individual tire-pressure monitoring, additional stereo speakers, upgraded sun visors and mirrors, and a cabin air filter.
Choose the Altima 2.5 SV for an 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 5-in. color audio display screen with a reversing camera, satellite radio, and USB port, and NissanConnect with Mobile Apps and hands-free text-messaging assistant technology. Additionally, the 2.5 SV includes remote engine starting with Intelligent Climate Control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, and 17-in. aluminum wheels.
The Altima 2.5 SL is equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and LED taillights. Additionally, this version features a Bose premium audio system, universal programmable remote, auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, rear air conditioning vents, automatic operation for the front windows, cabin mood lighting, 4-way power front passenger's seat, adjustable rear head restraints, side cargo net for the trunk, and upgraded interior trim.
Switching to the Altima 3.5 S, this model adds a V-6 engine, transmission paddle shifters, and 18-in. aluminum wheels to the Altima 2.5 S. This version also gets a 6-way power driver's seat in addition to a 5-in. audio display screen, NissanConnect with Mobile Apps and text-messaging assistant, USB port, satellite radio, and a reversing camera.
The Altima 3.5 SV includes Altima 2.5 SV standard features plus a navigation system, power sunroof, and three safety technologies: blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and moving-object detection. This version of the Altima also has a universal programmable remote, automatic operation for the front windows, rear air conditioning vents, interior mood lighting, cargo net for the side of the trunk, and heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators.
The Altima 3.5 SL is identical to the Altima 2.5 SL except the 3.5 has bigger wheels, a V-6 engine, and xenon HID headlights.
Under the Hood
A 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for all Altima 2.5 models, and powers the front wheels through Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Choose the Altima 3.5 for a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and paddle shifters for the CVT.
According to the EPA, the Altima 2.5 is rated to get 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. For 2015, the Altima 3.5 model's fuel economy improves slightly, to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Last year, the Altima 3.5 was rated to get 31 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Technology
Nissan offers several safety-related and infotainment technologies for the 2015 Altima. Most new Altimas include NissanConnect with Mobile Apps technology, which adds a hands-free text-messaging assistant and access to Facebook as well as Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet radio stations. Add navigation and a 7-in. color touch screen is included, along with Google online search, speed-limit display, curve-warning display, and eco-driving maps.
In most 2015 Altimas, the vehicle's headlights are linked to the windshield wipers, ensuring that the driver will travel through bad weather with the headlights on. When necessary, an Active Understeer Control system automatically brakes an inside wheel to tighten the Altima's cornering line, while an Easy-Fill tire-alert system automatically chirps the horn when proper pressure is reached, making it easier and quicker to maintain proper tire pressures.
Nissan also offers its Safety Shield Technologies for the Altima, which include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and moving-object detection. That latter system can warn the driver when it determines that an animal, person, or another car is behind the Altima when it is reversing.