2015 Nissan Altima Owners Manual – The 2015 Nissan Altima continues to be a top choice among family sedans, giving excellent fuel economy and a rare blend of comfort and agility.
The 2015 Altima 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trims now come standard with the Technology package (including touchscreen navigation and upgraded safety features), which remains optional on the 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL. Also, the remote ignition system can detect the ambient temperature and activate climate/defrost functions accordingly, and all SV models get a standard eight-way power driver seat. As a running change to the 2015 Altima 3.5, Nissan discontinued the S and SV trim levels. The remaining 3.5 SL trim later gained front and rear parking sensors as standard features.
2015 Nissan Altima Trim Levels & Features
The 2015 Nissan Altima is ready in two primary configurations: 2.5 or 3.5. The number signifies the engine specified (2.5-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6). From there, you’ll have your choice of a base model (2.5 only) or increasing numbers of features through the S, SV, and SL trim levels. Note that early in the model year, the 3.5 version loses its S and SV trims, leaving just the loaded “SL” trim level.
The base 2.5 Altima sedan starts with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, a 4.3-inch LCD information display in the gauge cluster, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary input jack.
2015 Nissan Altima Performance & mpg
All 2015 Nissan Altimas employ front-wheel drive and a CVT.
The Altima 2.5 models are powered by a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds review testing, an Altima 2.5 zipped from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, one of the faster times we’ve measured for a four-cylinder family sedan. EPA-estimated fuel economy is an excellent 31 mpg mixed (27 city/38 highway).
The Altima 3.5 models upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 so draws out 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. We ran an Altima 3.5 from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds — another impressive result. Fuel economy, too, is excellent at 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway).
2015 Nissan Altima Safety
The 2015 Nissan Altima usually gets with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is optional on 2.5 S and standard on 3.5 S and all SV and SL models. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are available on the 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL and test on the 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL.
When testing, an Altima 2.5 SV sedan stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is average in its segment. A 3.5 SL, however, ended in a superb 114 feet — about 10 feet lower than the norm.
In government crash testing, the Altima sedan earned a perfect five stars for overall crash protection, with five stars for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Altima it is top “Good” rating in its moderate-overlap frontal offset, side impact, roof strength and whiplash reduction (seatbelts and head restraints) tests. In the small overlap front-impact test, the Altima earned an “Acceptable” rating (second best).
2015 Nissan Altima Interior
The 2015 Altima has one of the nicer cabins in its class. The overall look is easy yet upscale, though a closer inspection reveals sturdy construction and mostly high-quality materials. Behind the sporty three-spoke steering wheel, the crisp driver information screen is flanked by a big speedometer and tachometer, all of that are easily read at a glance.
Drivers and front passengers of all shapes and sizes should have no problem finding their comfort zone in the standard NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” front seats, that are remarkably well-shaped and supportive. The backseat, however, is so-so, by limited headroom and just average legroom for a family sedan. Normal-sized adults will be fine back there, but 6-footers may feel a bit uncomfortable.
2015 Nissan Altima Driving
The 2015 Altima is one of the most rewarding family sedans to drive. The four-cylinder engine provides good control for passing and merging, which is especially laudable given its excellent fuel economy. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) does leave room for improvement when matched to the inline-4 — we’ve found it too eager at times during moderate acceleration, causing needless engine noise, only to settle into a cruise at an rpm that feels too cheap — but on the bright side, its gearless operation means you’ll never feel a shift. The V6 powertrain, meanwhile, is one of the most proficient in this class, and the CVT draws less attention to itself with the bigger engine.
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