2015 Nissan Altima | new car review

Posted on May 4, 2015 by
2015 Nissan Altima
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  • Rated 2.5 stars
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AEDAED 78,500 - 110,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 55%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The is a large family sedan that has been around since 1993 and is currently in its fifth generation. Facing competition from its arch-enemies, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Nissan doesn’t put up a very tough fight.

Pros

Price
Neat dashboard design

Cons

Exterior design
Quality of interior materials
Both engines are mated to the dreaded CVT transmission

Looks

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.

2014 Nissan Altima front - 2

Feels

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.

2014 Nissan Altima interior - 2

Engineering

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.

2015 Nissan Altima side

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.

2014 Nissan Altima front

Summing it…

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.

2015 Nissan Altima top

Specifications

Specifications2015 Nissan Altima 2.5L2015 Nissan Altima 3.5L
Engine/ Cylinders2.5 litre / 4-cyl3.5 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
182 hp @ 6,000 RPM270 hp @ 6,400 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
244 Nm @ 4,000 RPM340 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
TranmissionCVTCVT
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.0 secs6.4 secs
Top speed220 km/h230 km/h
PriceAED 78,500 - 98,250AED 110,000

One Response to 2015 Nissan Altima | new car review

  1. Nishad Kaippally Reply

    July 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I test drove the Nissan Altima 3.5 SL and The Honda Accord 3.5 EX Sport, and found the Altima to be more responsive than Honda’s sluggish gear.

    (Camry and Sonata does not have a 3.5 model on offer)

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