The 2015 Nissan Altima features more comfort, more technology and more value than ever.
In the competitive mid-size market manufacturers have to offer the best possible product for not a lot of money.
To that end the Altima starts at $23,698 CA. and $22,300 U.S.
The Altima is the only car in its class to offer an advanced tire pressure monitoring system.
Differentiating Nissans system from the competitions TPMS’s, is the ability to provide the driver with individual tire pressures.
This information can be found in the 4 inch screen between the speedometer and tachometer.
An interesting function of this system is its ability to assist the driver when filling the tires. When the proper inflation pressure is reached the horn will honk once telling the driver to cease filling.
For 2015, the Altima comes with a large quantity of safety features including, what Nissan calls the AABS ( advanced airbag system ),with dual stage front airbags.
Such systems as the BSW (blind spot warning), LDW lane departure warning) and MOD (moving object detection), are available in the optional Technology package.
This package also includes NissanConnect Apps system, which uses a 7 inch color touch screen and steering wheel mounted navigation controls. The navigation system incorporates 3-D imaging, voice recognition and turn by turn directions.
The NissanConnect system allows access to Apps such as Google and Facebook, and due to the Bluetooth connectivity you have hands free messaging and audio streaming.
The Altima is available in numerous configurations.
Models include the; 2.5, 2.5S, 2.5SV, 2.5SL, and 3.5SL.
Obviously, there are 2 engine choices.
The 2.5 models use a refined version of the 2.5L inline 4 cylinder which produces 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The engine has received some new tech and tuning to perform more efficiently than the previous generation.
The larger 3.5L V6 delivers 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are mated to the next generation of Nissans Xtronic CVT transmission. 70% of the parts have been tweaked and polished to deliver smoother function and greater fuel economy.
The 2.5L is rated at 8.7 L/100km city and 6.2 L/100km highway. (27 mpg city/38 mpg highway)
The 3.5L is rated at 10.3 L/100lm city and 7.4 L/100 highway.(23 mpg city/32 mpg highway)
Contributing to the fuel economy are low rolling resistance tires and a regenerative alternator which functions while the vehicle is coasting.
The driving dynamics have been enhanced to provide a more upscale European feel. Now utilising stiffer shocks developed by ZF Sachs, front and rear stabilizer bars and redesigned suspension geometry, the net result should be a more comfortable yet responsive ride.
A newly developed electronic hydraulic power assisted steering system gives a nice compromise between the traditional hydraulic feel and electric efficiency.
As for the interior, the designers have added seats which were designed using NASA derived posture research. The new ‘Zero-Gravity’ seats are supposed to reduce fatigue and improve blood flow thus providing continued comfort even on long drives.
The standard interior features a 6 way adjustable drivers and 4 way adjustable front passenger cloth seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, with ample leg room, and Piano Black trim with chrome accents.
The Altima has always been a large and comfortable car, and for 2015 it has gotten a little bit better with more tech, more comfort and more value.