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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.4
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2015 Nissan Altima Review

In the very competitive midsize sedan class, the 2015 Nissan Altima ranks as one of the best. It's enjoyable for both the driver and the passengers, blending dynamic handling and an upscale cabin into one well-rounded package. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Stylish, quality interior
  • Supremely comfortable front seats
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Strong engine choices

 

  • Stiffer ride than some on rough roads

 

2015 Nissan Altima Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Altima a Good Used Car?

If you're looking for a comfortable, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive midsize car, the Nissan Altima is a fantastic pick. It also checks off many requirements of a family sedan, including excellent safety scores and above-average reliability.

Used 2015 Nissan Altima Performance and Interior

The base Altima has abundant power for highway merging and passing. Its four-cylinder engine delivers class-leading fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, and its punch can push you to the back of your seat. The strong V6 engine found in some models is even livelier. Its gas mileage isn't quite as phenomenal (22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway), but it only adds about $20 a month in fuel costs. A continuously variable transmission – which acts like an automatic – is paired with both engines, and front-wheel drive is standard. The Altima handles curvy roads well enough and has a smooth ride on pavement, but sometimes the suspension doesn't absorb enough bumps on rough roads.

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The Altima seats five and comes standard with cloth-upholstered front seats that are more supportive and comfortable than most competitors’ seats. The rear seats can handle most folks, but taller adults will find headroom a little tight. The Altima’s LATCH child-seat system comes with lower anchors on the outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all three rear seats.

The quiet, spacious cabin has an abundance of high-quality materials. Standard interior features include Bluetooth and push-button start. If you want smartphone integration or navigation, it's worth the extra cost to find a model that comes with the NissanConnect infotainment system. With its responsiveness, crisp display, and intuitive menus, this system feels more sophisticated than some 2015 rivals.

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Used 2015 Nissan Altima Prices

Used car prices for a 2015 Altima start around $14,400 and go up to about $20,700. Keep in mind that the condition of the vehicle, the number of miles on its odometer, and your local market can move the price up or down. For pricing on a used 2015 Nissan Altima in your ZIP code, visit our 2015 Nissan Altima pricing page.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Reviews Analyzed

Like all of our car reviews, this 2015 Nissan Altima review is not based on our personal opinions. Instead, we've pulled together and analyzed 31 reviews and combined them with specs such as reliability, safety ratings, and trunk space.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Altima?

The 2015 Nissan Altima has an average predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Altima?

When it was a new car, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Altima a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest overall rating of Good in four out of five test categories. This sedan also earned the highest overall rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Standard safety equipment includes the Easy-Fill Tire Alert, which monitors your tires during inflation and honks the horn when they reach the correct pressure. Some models may also come with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic detection.

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Should I Consider Another Used Altima?

The 2015 Nissan Altima represents the third model year of the car’s fifth generation, which launched in 2013. A coupe model was offered only for the 2013 model year. The 2014 Altima saw the introduction of smartphone app integration, and it may cost you less than the 2015 model. The 2015 V6 model has slightly better fuel economy, but that was the only major update.

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Which Used Nissan Altima Is Right for Me?

For 2015, there are four different trim levels that are powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, and 2.5 SL. The 3.5-liter V6 engine comes only in the 3.5 SL trim.

The 3.5 SL’s robust V6 engine makes it a joy to drive, but the extra horsepower adds quite a premium to the price. Unless you are looking for a sporty sedan, you should be quite satisfied with the 2.5 models. Of these four, the best deal is with the 2.5 SV. It includes upgrades from the S trim (such as automatic headlights, cruise control, and the preferred NissanConnect infotainment system) and adds dual-zone automatic climate control and a rearview camera. You’ll get these treats – plus a few more – for only a bit more money than the base model. 

You can get a used Altima with a warranty by shopping for a certified pre-owned model at your Nissan dealer. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2015 Nissan Altima and Other Cars to Consider

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

It's hard to concisely summarize all the reasons that make the Honda Accord such a popular car. Available as either a sedan or coupe, the highlights of this Honda include lots of standard features, lively acceleration, and an upscale interior. If the Accord and Altima are on your short list, you can't go wrong with either one.

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

Few shop for a used midsize car without considering the Toyota Camry, and for good reason. This reliable family sedan hits all the right chords for what makes a quintessential midsize car: a smooth ride, capable handling, a quiet interior, and easy-to-use controls. It’s a coin toss between which of these two is the better car. 

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Altima or 2015 Hyundai Sonata?

The Hyundai Sonata is not as sporty or fun to drive as the Altima. That said, the Hyundai is a good pick if you want a comfortable car. Its elegant interior offers more space overall for crew and cargo, and the ride is superbly quiet.

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