Competing in the popular mid-size segment is no easy task for automakers as they must keep their products constantly updated and competitively priced. For Nissan, this means making a few packaging updates to the 2015 Nissan Altima as well as squeezing a little extra fuel mileage from the optional V-6 engine to go with slight price increases.
As one of the few remaining cars in its class to offer a V-6 engine, the 3.5-liter V-6 in the 2015 Nissan Altima is now rated at 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway (an increase of 1 mpg highway over the 2014 model year), which gives the Nissan better fuel economy than the 2014 Kia Optima Turbo, 2014 Honda Accord V-6 and 2014 Toyota Camry V-6.
The 2015 Nissan Altima will continue to be offered in seven trim levels ranging from the base Altima 2.5 starting at $23,110, up to the well-equipped Altima 3.5 SL starting at $32,760. Except for the Altima 3.5 SV and Altima 3.5 SL, the price increases are relatively minor: $460 for the base model, $560 for the Altima 2.5 SV and $310 for the Altima 3.5 S.
The updated starting price of the 2015 Altima is about the same as the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, less expensive than the 2014 Camry and more expensive than the 2014 Accord.
Nissan gave the Altima 3.5 SV and Altima 3.5 SL trim levels more substantial price increases of $1,490 and $1,310, respectively, but these models include a longer list of standard equipment. These models now come with the NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps for improved infotainment as well as the addition of advanced safety features like blind-spot monitors and a lane-departure warning system. The 2015 Altima 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV also add a standard eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support.
The 2015 Nissan Altima is on sale now.