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2015 Nissan Altima Review

The 2015 Nissan Altima has agile handling and powerful engines. It also has an upscale interior that features exceptionally comfortable seats. However, the midsize car class is competitive, and the Altima’s below-average reliability rating pulls its ranking down to the middle of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish, quality interior
  • Supremely comfortable front seats
  • Strong, fuel-efficient engines
  • Stiff ride on rough roads




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Nissan Altima Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Altima a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Nissan Altima is a good midsize car. It has impressive driving dynamics for the segment, thanks to its nimble handling and engine power. The base engine has a rare combination of quick acceleration and excellent gas mileage. However, you’ll have to put up with the Altima’s somewhat stiff suspension, which can be uncomfortable on long rides. This Nissan’s cabin has upscale materials, up-to-date styling, an intuitive infotainment system, and supremely comfortable front seats. However, the Altima is sparsely equipped in its lower trims, and several rivals give you more for your money.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 35 Nissan Altima reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Altima?

Our site has more than 5,760 listings for the 2015 Nissan Altima, with an average list price of $14,600. Prices range from $11,000 to $18,000, and vary depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Altima Cost to Own?

The 2015 Nissan Altima’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to $22,980, which is about average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Nissan Altima?

The fully redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima starts at $23,750, and the top trim begins at $35,750. There are several advantages to choosing the new model instead of the 2015. The 2019 Altima has two stronger engines (a base four-cylinder and an available turbocharged four-cylinder) and standard 8-inch touch screen. The 2019 model also has newly standard features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and four USB ports. Additionally, it comes with advanced safety features like forward collision warning with brake assist. If you can afford it, go with the 2019 Altima.

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You won’t find a new midsize car for the average price of a used 2015 Altima. However, there are several new compact cars with comparable prices to the high-end 2015 Altima listings. Consider the fully redesigned 2019 Kia Forte, which has a base price of $17,690. It provides plenty of trunk and cabin space for a compact car. It also has good fuel economy and straightforward features. With a starting price of $17,950, the 2018 Ford Focus is also worth checking out. It has two powerful turbocharged engine options and lively driving dynamics, as well as a good reliability rating. Both the Forte and Focus also come with more features than the Altima.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Altima Is Best?

The 2015 Altima is part of a generation that spans the 2013 through 2018 model years. While a 2015 model likely costs less, the 2016 Altima is the better value. It received a mid-cycle refresh that includes updated styling, retuned transmission software, improved cabin sound insulation, and additional safety options. The 2017 and 2018 models saw only minor updates that may not be worth the additional cost.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Altima?

The 2015 Altima earns a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s about average for the industry but below average for the class.  

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2015 Nissan Altima Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Nissan Altima has nine reported recalls. These recalls address a rear door that may open unexpectedly, passenger air bags that may not deploy properly, a malfunctioning hood latch, and separate problems with the fuel system and the front brake calipers. These recalls increase the risk of crashes, accidents, or injuries. Make sure that these issues are resolved before you purchase a 2015 Altima.

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Which Used Nissan Altima Model Is Right for Me?

The four-cylinder 2015 Altima is available in four trims: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, and 2.5 SL. The V6-powered model comes in 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, and 3.5 SL trims.

Most features are available in all of the trims, but standard features are pretty sparse in the lower trims. The only standard tech features in the base Altima 2.5 model are a stereo, Bluetooth, and push-button start. The 2.5 S model adds standard automatic headlights and cruise control. You may find a well-equipped Altima in lower trims, but we recommend that most shoppers begin with the Altima 2.5 SV rather than hunt for features. This trim adds the upgraded NissanConnect infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera as standard features. If you’re looking for a bit more horsepower on top of these features, go for one of the V6-powered models.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Altima?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Altima an overall rating of five out five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Altima a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institute’s second-highest accolade. The Altima received the highest rating of Good in four out of five tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

The 2015 Altima comes with technology that monitors your tires during inflation and honks the horn when they reach the correct pressure. Available safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2015 Nissan Altima Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Altima or 2015 Honda Accord?

Like the Altima, the 2015 Honda Accord offers an attractive interior, solid safety scores, and engines that are strong yet fuel-efficient. Choose the sportier-handling Altima for the better driving experience of the two cars. For more standard features, go with the Accord. It comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a USB port, and Pandora internet radio. Both cars are decent options in the class.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Altima or 2015 Toyota Camry?

The 2015 Toyota Camry sits near the top of our used midsize car rankings. While the Altima has engaging performance and a powerful base engine, the Camry is more practical than the Altima. The Toyota has a quiet, upscale cabin with a straightforward infotainment system. Additionally, the suspension provides a comfortable ride, and it maintains composure around corners. The Camry has more standard and available features than the Altima. To top it off, the 2015 Camry is one of just a couple of cars in the class with a perfect five-star reliability rating.

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2015 Nissan Altima Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Altima Drive?

The base 2015 Nissan Altima is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. A 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine is available. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The Altima’s base engine produces generous power for effortless acceleration as well as passing and merging on the highway. The available V6 has a heartier engine note and punchier acceleration than the base engine.

Does the 2015 Nissan Altima Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to EPA estimates, the four-cylinder 2015 Nissan Altima returns some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class: 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.  

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2015 Nissan Altima Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Nissan Altima Seat?

The 2015 Nissan Altima seats five on cloth upholstery. Nissan equips the Altima with its Zero Gravity front seats, which are some of the most supportive and comfortable seats in the class. The back seats have enough room for most adults, but headroom is lacking for taller folks. The cabin is quiet, and it features first-rate materials and a modern design.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Altima?

The outboard rear seats have full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the lowest rating of Poor for ease of use.

2015 Nissan Altima Features

The 2015 Altima comes with a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and push-button start. Available features include a 7-inch touch-screen system with NissanConnect and navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a 5-inch display, a USB port, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, cruise control, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof.

The NissanConnect infotainment system is one of the best in the class, featuring a crisp display and straightforward controls.

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2015 Nissan Altima Dimensions

Nissan Altima Cargo Space

The 2015 Altima's trunk measures 15.4 cubic feet, which is typical for the midsize car class. The trunk has a wide opening, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.

2015 Altima Length and Weight

The 2015 Nissan Altima measures almost 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,177 to 3,447 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Altima Built?

Nissan assembled the 2015 Altima in Tennessee and Mississippi.

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