2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT

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The 2015 Nissan Altima may no longer be the ultimate underdog performance vehicle, but it’s still something to behold. The Altima’s new perks are comfort and safety, which means that it’s more suited for small families than gonzo car enthusiasts. Still, Nissan’s 3.5-litre V6 engine, which can pump out 270 horsepower, is a decent offer no matter how you slice it.




Full Review

The 2015 Nissan Altima is mid-size sedan that we would recommend to just about anybody. It’s comfortable, safe and attractive, which means that it’s a fantastic vehicle for smaller families. There used to be a time when the Altima offered power and an engaging drive experience, but that’s no longer true – it’s a different beast these days, but it’s still a good one.

On the outside, the 2015 Altima strikes a difficult balance between looking stylish and trendy, which means that it won’t run into the issue of looking outdated any time soon. Nissan achieves through its classic proportions, which make the Altima seem wide, while endowing it with an aggressive stance. The body's long lines give it a touch of attitude without going overboard, like in the case of the Hyundai Sonata. The resulting vehicle is certainly less attractive than the Ford Fusion, Mazda6 or Chevrolet Malibu, but it still looks more distinctive than the Toyota Camry or Volkswagen Passat.

On the inside, the new Nissan Altima features a clear layout, which involves plenty of high-end and soft-touch materials, user-friendly centre stack as well as NASA-inspired "zero gravity" front bucket seats. The goal of those bucket seats is to place the human body in the most comfortable position possible – to make the occupant feel weightless, essentially. Not surprisingly, they work very well long trips, especially for a mid-size-sedan. The rear seats are great too, with plenty of legroom. The trunk is big enough to fit in just about anything, which is always welcome.

Under the hood of the 2015 Altima sedan you can find either a four-cylinder or a V6. The 2.5-litre four is meant to handle lighter weights, while delivering higher efficiency. It produces 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The 3.5-litre V6, on the other hand, provides improved fuel economy, while pumping out 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both iterations are front-wheel-drive only, while channeling the power through the only gearbox offered, which is Nissan's next-generation Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. While it’s not the most beloved type of transmission, it does come with fixed-ratio-simulating manual shift paddles in the top-tier Altima models.

Overall, the 2015 Nissan Altima is well worth the purchase price, which isn’t that high, given what it offers. So, if you’re looking for a fantastic efficiency vehicle for you and your family, definitely give this sedan a try!

2015 Nissan Altima
Reviewed by Unhaggle on .
Rating: 8.6 / 10



Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
2.5 CVT$23,698 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5 S CVT$24,898 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5 SV CVT$26,898 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5 SL CVT$29,398 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
3.5 SL CVT$33,848 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

March 03, 2015 thru March 31, 2015
Cash
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
2.5 CVT$23,698$0$0
2.5 S CVT$24,898$2,000$0
2.5 SV CVT$26,898$2,000$0
2.5 SL CVT$29,398$2,000$0
3.5 SL CVT$33,848$2,000$0
Finance
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
2.5 CVT$0$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%0.99%N/A
2.5 S CVT$0$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%0.99%N/A
2.5 SV CVT$0$00.00%0.99%0.99%0.99%1.99%1.99%N/A
2.5 SL CVT$0$00.00%0.99%0.99%0.99%1.99%1.99%N/A
3.5 SL CVT$0$00.00%0.99%0.99%0.99%1.99%1.99%N/A
Lease
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
2.5 CVT$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%N/AN/AN/A
2.5 S CVT$0$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%N/AN/AN/A
2.5 SV CVT$0$00.00%0.90%1.49%1.49%N/AN/AN/A
2.5 SL CVT$0$00.00%0.90%1.49%1.49%N/AN/AN/A
3.5 SL CVT$0$00.00%0.90%1.49%1.49%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

Engine 2.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM182
Fuel TypeUnleaded
Body typeSedan
Number of Doors4
Passenger5
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

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.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Interiors and Special 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.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

Nissan offers several new safety technologies to help Altima drivers avoid accidents, such as lane-departure, blind spot and moving-object warning systems. To supplement the usual new stability-control technologies, the Altima features active understeer control. This automatically brakes the inside front wheel when the car is going too quickly into a turn, reducing the understeer effect common in front-wheel-drive cars. Understeer is when a car doesn't turn as much as the driver intends because the front tires are sliding. The Easy-Fill Tire Alert system simplifies pumping up the tires by chirping the Altima's horn when you've put in enough air.

In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2015 Altima an overall rating of five (its highest score), with five stars in the front- and side-impact tests and four stars in the roof-strength test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Altima a Top Safety Pick, giving it top marks in all but the small-overlap front-crash test, which was rated as Acceptable.

Originally appeared on Auto Trader.


Audio

Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front
4 speakers
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Element antenna

Body Exterior

Chrome/bright trim around side windows
Front and rear mud flaps

Brakes

ABS
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Electronic brake distribution
Brake assist system

Bumpers

Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks

Charges

Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,695.00
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00

Convenience

Front and rear reading lights
Voice activating system; includes phone
Remote control trunk/hatch release
Cruise control
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
4 passenger assist handles
Vehicle start button
2 12V in front
Driver and passenger vanity mirror
Intelligent Key smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start
Cargo area light

Dimensions

Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,016, rear headroom (mm): 942, front hip room (mm): 1,371, rear hip room (mm): 1,324, front leg room (mm): 1,143, rear leg room (mm): 917, front shoulder room (mm): 1,432, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,432 and interior volume (litres): 2,885
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,863, overall width (mm): 1,830, overall height (mm): 1,471, wheelbase (mm): 2,775, front track (mm): 1,585, rear track (mm): 1,585 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,000
Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 436

Doors

Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Chrome exterior door handles

Engine

Block heater
Emissions data: CO2: 3,482 kg/yr
Engine: 2.5L in-line four-cylinder DOHC Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) with VVT

Engine Performance

Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 8.7 ; highway= 6.2 ; combined= 7.6 ;
Power: 182 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 180 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

Fuel

Fuel tank: 68 litre capacity
Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)

Instrumentation

Low tire pressure monitor
Service interval indicator
Main dashboard display
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
External temperature
Multi-function display screen 4.3 and 1
Tachometer

Interior Trim

Floor covering: none
Luxury trim: alloy look on shifter, piano black on center floor console, piano black on dashboard and none

Lights

Daytime running lights
Front fog lights
Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens

Locks

Immobilizer
Card key power locks ; automatic locking
Anti-theft protection

Paint

Black paint

Safety

Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Front to rear curtain airbags
Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Acceptable, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 4 and 5
LATCH
Front side airbags
2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 head restraints for rear seats
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag

Seats

Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three
Seat upholstery: cloth
Rear seat center armrest
Front driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket
Seating: 5 passengers
Front seat center armrest

Service

Intermediate service 6,000, 3 and 3,728

Steering

Vehicle speed proportional power steering electro-hydraulic
Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment

Storage

Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Transmission

4.828:1 axle ratio
Transmission: Xtronic CVT ; incl. shifter on floor
Front-wheel drive
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) stability control
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)

Ventilation

Air conditioning
Ventilation system

Version

Trim level:
Date introduced:
Version information 04 Feb 2015
Powertrain type : combustion
4-door sedan
Data completeness

Visibility

Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows
Rear window with defroster
Zone tinted windshield
Rear view mirror
Driver and passenger door mirror: body colour, power adjustable
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe
Tinted glass

Warranty

Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km

Weights

Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,441 and Manufacturer’s own

Wheels

Front and rear all-season tires 215/60/T
Front and rear steel wheels: 16"x 7.0"
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim