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Editors' Page: 2015 Nissan Altima

By KBB.com Editors on December 1, 2014 10:07 AM
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Now competitive with Accord and Camry in every meaningful measure.

A perennial sales success, the Nissan Altima has never quite been able to break through the glass ceiling that separates the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the hearts and minds of so many shoppers.

But it's never been easier to mention Nissan's midsize sedan in the same breath as those two automotive legends. Not only is the car itself more competitive, but Nissan has moved away from the performance messaging that maybe differentiated but also pigeonholed the Altima in the past. The 2015 Nissan Altima is a comfortable, roomy and efficient midsize sedan, and that's just how Nissan is selling it.

Driving It

Even though the Altima is now larger, quieter and more comfortable, it's still one of the most fun-to-drive midsize sedans. A few observations from our full review of the 2015 Nissan Altima: "The 2015 Nissan Altima's key selling point may be its driving dynamics. Without giving up any of its mainstream family-car duties, this midsize sedan nonetheless manages to impart a measure of driving fun that's uncommon in the segment"

Awards

The Altima has been recognized with several KBB.com awards and accolades, a tradition we expect to continue with the 2015 model year. Last year it was one of our 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, and one of only two midsize sedans to make the grade as one of our 12 Best Family Cars of 2014.

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The V6 Lives

The 2015 Nissan Altima is one of a shrinking number of midsize sedans to offer optional V6 power. We like the turbocharged 4-cylinder engines offered as upgrades on competitors like the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu — the cars are typically more fuel-efficient than comparably powered V6 models, and more nimble — but there's definitely something appealing about the smooth power and sound of a V6. But at 12,000 miles per year and $4 per gallon it works out to about $30 more in gas every month, and even a 4-cylinder Altima will sprint to 60 mph in an impressive 7.1 seconds, according to Nissan. A V6 is nice, but there's more than one reason 85% of Altima buyers go with the 4-cylinder.

Eight-Car Comparison

The Altima held its own in our most recent midsize sedan comparison test: "Even though the Altima is not at the cutting edge of midsize-sedan design and technology, with its easy-to-drive nature, roomy cabin and quality build, it holds up remarkably well in a highly competitive segment."

Video Review

Our most recent video review of the current-generation Nissan Altima includes an explanation of the Altima's "zero gravity" seats, and a technical design analysis: "If you like the current, swoopy state of Nissan styling, you'll like the newest Altima. It's a shape that's expressive, without being weird."

Build and Price

The 2015 Nissan Altima Sedan starts at under $23,000 and tops out at just more than $35,000 with a V6, leather, moonroof and a host of cool technology upgrades. To find out how much you should really pay, build a 2015 Nissan Altima the way you like it and we'll give you the Fair Purchase Price, which reflects actual transaction prices before applicable incentives.

More Midsize Sedans

The 2015 Nissan Altima is one of many appealing midsize sedans on the market, as detailed in our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide.

 

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