2015 Nissan Altima | new car review
Neat dashboard design
Quality of interior materials
Both engines are mated to the dreaded CVT transmission
With arrowheaded head lamps, a protruding grille and tail lights that look like they’ve been stretched out of proportion, the 2015 Nissan Altima doesn’t stand a chance to impress when parked alongside its sleek and stunning rival, the Honda Accord. Along the sides, the chrome outlined window frame and door handles are probably the neatest element, as far as the design is concerned.
The dashboard looks decent and the centre console is restricted with two silver beams running along on either side. But what about that fancy wood trim, you ask? Well, you’d have to go all the way to the top of the range model for that, and even then I can’t guarantee you’d fool your passengers into thinking it’s a premium car.
In terms of safety features, the Altima is equipped with 6 standard airbags, a blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning and a rear view camera to aid while parking. Impressive for sure, but not exactly on par with the Honda Accord that packs in all of the above, plus a camera in the side mirror to give you a real time pictorial update of what is in your blind spot.
What’s on offer?
The 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine, channels 182 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque to the front wheels through a CVT transmission. On the other hand, the 3.5 litre produces a little more bite with 270 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, the power is still sent to the road via a dreadful CVT transmission.
The basic 2.5 litre 2015 Nissan Altima starts at AED 78,500 and increases gradually right up to AED 110,000 for the top of the line 3.5 litre V6 variant with a 9 speaker Bose sound system and navigation system. Though the Honda Accord is more expensive than the Altima, the price just seems more justified.
|Specifications||2015 Nissan Altima 2.5L||2015 Nissan Altima 3.5L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.5 litre / 4-cyl||3.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|182 hp @ 6,000 RPM||270 hp @ 6,400 RPM|
|244 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||340 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.0 secs||6.4 secs|
|Top speed||220 km/h||230 km/h|
|Price||AED 78,500 - 98,250||AED 110,000|