Her + His Car Reviews

2015 Nissan Altima SV

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.
 

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
$26,880 $26,880
Performance
The four-cylinder 2015 Nissan Altima with CVT has a very comfortable ride for its class of midsized cars. Quick handling and a better than average performance makes this a strong contender against many in a crowded class. The 17" Aluminum-ally wheels helps the responsiveness of the Altima SV. 2.5 liter four cylinder engine teamed up with a continuously variable transmission. The interesting thing about the engine is that though it gets good fuel economy, it's pretty brisk on the open road, and handles itself very well in all driving situations.
Fuel Economy
27 city and 38 highway. Unquestionably one of the top non-hybrid fuel-efficient vehicles in the mid sized sedan class with an estimated average of 31 mpg. 27 city, 38 highway and 31 combined. The Altima is right up there at the top when it comes to fuel economy for mid-sized family cars.
The Car
Nissan has done a wonderful job in making the Altima a great, made-in-the-USA choice for families, or women simply demanding more from a sedan but not having to pay out the nose for it. Priced almost 6 grand under the average price of a car today, there is little to miss in this 2015 model. And, it stands on its own against the traditional "Toyota and Honda's" who have owned the mid sized sedan class for so long. Contemporary in the materials used as well as the styling, it's a favorite as soon as you put your butt in the customizable Zero Gravity front seats. We are calling out the lumbar support on this car, as we test drive cars that cost 15 - 20K more that don't have this. Thank you Nissan, for thinking of the details... They matter. Ooooohhhh, yeaaaaaa! We like this vehicle for its smart use of leather, materials, and layout of the interior and dash - and the buttons on it are well organized and confined.

For taller passengers getting in the back seat - do watch your head as the countered design of the vehicle can do a number as you duck your head to get into the car. Stay low! Once there, the leg room is ample and the cargo room in the trunk is adequate.
Typically, the Altima is the car to get for those families that want something a bit upscale from other midsized cars. Nissan's own data shows that the buyer demographics for the Altima are more upscale than competitors. Altima also has a reputation for being one of the most sporty cars in the mid-sized segment, and the 2015 version does not disappoint on that score--four cylinder engine and all!
Safety
4 wheel Disc Brakes, Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist, Rearview Camera and lots of Airbags. Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear cross traffic detection are tremendous features to help drivers navigate safely in highway or city. Cruise Control, Bluetooth hands free phone system - to keep both hands on the wheel. All Altima's have driver and front passenger side impact and curtain bags, tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, vehicle dynamic control, a security system and other items.
Technology
Standard features include Bluetooth and a Push button start. Available features found on our test driver include HandsFree Text Messaging feature, USB/iPod input, Sirius Satellite radio with 3 months subscription, and a 7" touch-screen NAV system. The screen is bright and easy to see and read, and responds quickly and well to our commands. We also like the NissanConnect smartphone app integration. But this service is not available in all areas and is made available via subscription by independent companies.

Our model had the Convenience Package with eh power windows, Sliding Moonroof, auto Dimming inside mirrors, and manual holding outside mirrors, side cargo net and mood lamp in roof console. Without this, the price is $24.7K.
Let's start by telling you what the differences are between the 2015 Altima and the 2014 version: Now in the third model year of the fifth-generation design, Nissan Altima continues as one of the nation's top-selling vehicles - embraced by owners for its premium exterior and interior designs, rewarding driving experience and innovative, driver-focused technology. For 2015, the major enhancements include: Altima 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL grades now have NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment; 8-way power driver's seat and 2-way power lumbar support are added to 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV models; 4-way power front passenger's seat is added to SL; Intelligent Climate Control; Advanced Xtronic transmission standard;
Aesthetics & Styling
The model is slightly updated from last years'. The grill and lighting could have been amped, but not having been done leaves the vehicle a very universal appeal - just what Nissan wanted, know-doubt. Again the interior is impeccable and we love how well laid out the buttons, dahs and features are. Very clean. For an Altima, it has an almost mid-luxury look and feel. Like Lexus just a few years back. Well done. Altima is an attractive, classy looking car, with all of them looking as though you spent more money for them than you did. Having said that, it's getting close to the time when Nissan probably start looking for a replacement design. It's getting a bit old now.
Warranty
3 years/ 36,000 Powertrain; 5 year/60,000 miles DriveTrain and 5 year/Unlimited miles Rust. No Roadside. 3 years/ 36,000 mi. Powertrain; 5 year/60,000 miles DriveTrain and 5 year/Unlimited miles Rust.

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