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The 2015 Nissan Altima – Comfort, Efficient and Sporty Handling.
Strictly by the numbers, the Nissan Altima is doing great. As Nissan’s best-selling car in the U.S., the Altima ranks third in sales in the hugely competitive midsize sedan segment, right behind sales leaders like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
But even these popular models had better watch their backs, considering that outlying competitors –such as the Mazda6, Chrysler 200, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata –are itching for a fight to the top.
Cars are more than numbers, however, and our initial impression of our Nissan test car’s 182-horsepower, 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine left something to be desired. Our front-wheel-drive Altima SL seemed awfully noisy, especially if a long drive lay ahead. That initial impression faded away, thankfully, as the Altima showed off its sensible side (mixed with a touch of sportiness).
Our car came with Nissan’s upgraded continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers better fuel economy and less friction than before. The shift transitions are quiet, smooth, and barely noticeable. With Nissan’s engineering improvements to the CVT, fuel economy is a workable 31-mpg city/38-mpg highway, or 27-mpg combined. The Camry and Accord haven’t announced 2015 fuel economy, but our guess is the Altima will be best in class.
All SV and SL models are eligible for a Technology package that includes a seven-inch touch-screen with color display, navigation system, voice recognition and mobile apps. Apps include Online Search powered by Google(navigation equipped vehicles only), Pandora(Android only – iOS coming soon), Facebook and iHeart Radio for Auto. The touch-screen produced clear images and functioned well during our test.
The Technology package also includes important passive safety features like blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and moving object detection –the latter shows moving objects at the rear when your car is in reverse.
During safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Altima recorded a frontal crash rating of 5-stars for the driver, 4-stars for the passenger, and 4-stars during the rollover test. As of this review, there were no published results for side impact tests.
Those who demand swifter acceleration can look at the Altima with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which delivers 270-horsepower and 25-mpg in a mix of city and highway driving.
Nissan has paid the extra pennies to ensure the interior feels solid and comes with plenty of features. The SL trim enjoys leather seating with power seats contoured to reduce pressure on the spine and fatigue on long drives. The latest Altima is also one of the roomiest cars in its class—enough so that a six-foot relative sat in the back seat very comfortably.
Bose audio is standard on the SL, as is Sirius/XM satellite radio (a separate subscription is required) and a USB connection for your iPod. Keyless entry with remote start, push-button ignition, power door locks and power one-touch windows, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors and 60/40 fold down rear seats add extra convenience.
A rear view camera also contributes to the Altima’s safety profile. Standard safety features include traction control, vehicle dynamic control, tire pressure monitoring system, electronic brake force distribution, a vehicle security system and Nissan vehicle immobilizer system
All Nissan vehicles are backed by an unremarkable 36-month/36,000-mile limited vehicle coverage and a 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage. The Altima’s residual value is around the segment average.
All of the midsize sedan segment's top sellers have received stylish updates, and the Nissan Altima is no exception. The trapezoidal grille and projector headlights and fog lights give the front end a touch of excitement. The SL trim gets handsome alloy wheels, LED taillights, and a chrome tail pipe. All in all, the sloping roof line and raised trunk give the Altima a pleasing fluidity – even if the car’s omnipresence on the road means it’ll never turn any heads.
First impressions aren’t always spot-on accurate, as we discovered here. After spending more time with this Altima sedan, it proved to be a practical choice wrapped in a stylish, economical, and comfortable package.
KBB names Nissan Altima one of the 10 most comfortable cars under $30,000!
KBB names Nissan Altima one of the 10 most comfortable cars under $30,000. Must be those NASA inspired seats!
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The midsize sedan market is about the toughest segment in the industry – led by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord – so if you're coming to play, you'd best bring your A-game. With the 2014 Altima, Nissan has done just that, earning it our praise as one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014. Not only has the automaker maintained the cool look and sports-car-like handling that made the original Altima such a success, they've done so while thoroughly modernizing the Altima in ways crucial to younger buyers. A new Apps-based music and navigation system spearheads the effort, as do a 38-mpg fuel economy rating (2.5 model) and premium materials throughout the handsome cabin. Nissan has done a masterful job making complex audio and navigation systems easy to operate and understand – something both old and young will appreciate.
2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S vs. 2014 Toyota Camry LE
2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S vs. 2014 Toyota Camry LE
When it comes down to mid-sized sedans, there are several options that will get the job done. But why not choose the car that will do the best job while providing the best value? The Toyota Camry may be thought of as the standard mid-size sedan, but the new 2014 Nissan Altima is making a name for itself as a better alternative when compared to the Camry.
The new 2014 Nissan Altima sports a sleeker design than its Toyota counterpart, and performs better than the Camry. See the table below:
|Performance||2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S||2014 Toyota Camry LE|
|Fuel economy - city (mpg)||27||25|
|Fuel economy - highway (mpg)||38||35|
|Fuel economy - combined (mpg)||30||29|
|Fuel tank (gal.)||18||17|
|Horsepower (hp)||182 @ 6,000RPM||178 @ 6,000RPM|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||180 @ 4,000RPM||170 @ 4,100RPM|
The new 2014 Nissan Altima outperforms the Toyota Camry in both horsepower and foot-pounds of torque, and manages to provide a higher gas mileage on the highway and in the city. But the 2014 Nissan Altima's benefits over the Toyota Camry don't end there. The Altima's amenities and features shine where the Toyota Camry falls short.
|Interior||2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S||2014 Toyota Camry LE|
|Proximity key||Intelligent Key doors and ignition||Not Available|
|Cargo tie downs||Standard||Not Available|
|Driver seat - recline||Power||Manual|
|Driver seat - height adjustment||Power||Manual|
|Driver seat - fore/aft||Power||Manual|
|Radio data system||Standard||Not Available|
|Rear reading lights||Standard||Optional|
|Low tire pressure warning||Tire specific||Standard|
|Vehicle Security System||Standard||Optional|
While many features come standard on the 2014 Nissan Altima, several of these amenities are costly upgrades on the 2014 Toyota Camry, or aren't available at all. Nissan's Intelligent Key system and tire specific low tire pressure warning are not found on the Camry, and other key Altima amenities such as cargo tie downs and radio data system provide a feature-rich user experience. The 2014 Nissan Altima also provides more front head and legroom than the Toyota Camry.
All in all, the 2014 Nissan Altima edges out ahead of the Toyota Camry in both power and available features. The new Altima's superior gas mileage and overall performance make it a better purchase than the 2014 Toyota Camry.
Michael Caruso seals super podium result at Albert Park
Michael Caruso seals super podium result at Albert Park
MELBOURNE - Michael Caruso has secured a deserved podium place at the Albert Park street circuit last weekend.
Cars.com selects Nissan Sentra and Versa sedan to its “Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy” list
Cars.com selects Nissan Sentra and Versa sedan to its "Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy" list
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For Nissan, affordability meets uncompromised fuel efficiency and modern technology. This week, Cars.com, the leading online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, recognized two Nissan vehicles – Sentra and Versa Sedan – in its "Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy" list, which identifies vehicles with the lowest sticker price and fuel costs on the market. Nissan was the only manufacturer with more than one vehicle on the list.
Jack Daniels Racing Takes on the Altima
Jack Daniels Racing Takes on the Altima
MELBOURNE, Australia - Jack Daniel's Racing has unveiled its new war paint for the 2014 V8 Supercar Championship, with Rick and Todd Kelly set to return to the wheel of their Nissan Altimas.
For Nissan Motorsport's second season in Australia's premiere motorsport category, the pair of distinctive black and white Altimas will sport a refined paint scheme, as well as a revised aerodynamics package, with changes made to the front bar and rear wing supports.
Outside of the aesthetic changes to the racecar, continuity is the key for the outfit, with a continuation of the same driver, chassis and sponsor package from 2013, which saw Rick Kelly claim a solid 14th in the final season standings.
Importantly for Jack Daniel's, this year marks its ninth successive season of major team sponsorship in the class, making the involvement one of the longest serving on the grid.
The first time the new-look Jack Daniel's Racing machines will be seen on track for 2014 will be this weekend at the Sydney.com Test Day at Sydney Motorsport Park, with the season proper commencing at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 27 to March 2.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"I'm very excited to be at the beginning of our second year, as the whole thing's quite an unknown for us," said Todd Kelly.
"We've had a pretty good crack at our first year, and we achieved a lot, in my opinion, when you consider the work that has gone on behind the scenes to develop the VK56 engine, and our first attempt at turning the Nissan Altima into a race car.
"All in all, it wasn't too bad a year last year. The guys have all been working extremely hard through the second half of last year, and especially through the offseason to develop a new aero kit for the car, which we haven't used on a race track yet.
"Hopefully that has given us the gain that we are looking for."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"We've sat down with the team and analyzed our strengths and weaknesses, and what we have to do to improve ourselves, and the results that we've got, and we're ready to implement that now," said Rick Kelly.
"It's really exciting; the team have worked really hard over the summer, and the last six months in fact to develop and aero package that's going to be a lot stronger for us in 2014 than what we saw in 2013.
"To match that and to get the most out of that, we've got to do a better job in all of the other areas that it takes to be successful on the track.
"That's everything from engineering, to driving, to the strategy. For us, we're very excited that we have a new opportunity in 2014 and to make the most out of it."
MICHAEL McSHANE - Managing Director, Brown-Forman Australia & New Zealand
"Jack Daniel's is excited to continue its association with Nissan Motorsport for the 2014 V8 Supercar Championship. Last year was a learning season for the team, and with that experience taken on board, we are looking forward to strong results in 2014," said Michael McShane.
"Both Rick and Todd are great sportsmen, role models, and ambassadors of the Jack Daniel's brand, and through their efforts over the years, they have continued to build our responsible drinking message in this vital market.
"V8 Supercar remains the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia, and we look forward to an exhilarating season ahead."
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NISSAN MOTORSPORTS WINS AT WINTON IN SENSATIONAL QUINELLA!
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- Debut V8 Supercars Championship win for Nissan
- Nissan's 29th Australian Touring Car Championship race win and first since Mark Skaife won at Oran Park Raceway on 21 June 1992 in a Nissan GT-R
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THE NEW 2014 ALTIMA
Look out San Diego, The new 2014 Nissan Altima will launch later this month! This ravishing road warrior is making the critics applaud and the competition sweat! Check why this bold new beauty is turning heads!
WE MADE A BIG DEAL, EVEN OF THE LITTLE THINGS
Detailed. Right down to the details.
Chrome's appeal lies in its deeply reflective qualities. Even distant objects look as sharp reflected in chrome as they would if you were looking at them directly. A fine point admittedly, but it shows you how much thought we put into even the smallest details, starting with our badge. Just wait 'til you see what we did to the rest.
PREMIUM SPACE. PREMIUM SPACIOUSNESS.
Luxury interior design.
We softened the edges, sculpted the lines and took the idea of open space inside. Then we quieted everything down. The result - a serene cabin of unexpected spaciousness and luxury, where premium materials combine to create an atmosphere of class that is simply a class above.
GO. OR JUST GO FARTHER.
Outstanding acceleration. Incredible efficiency.
You've got choices. You can go with Nissan's legendary 3.5-liter, 270-hp V6 that treats you to sports-car style performance even while it sips fuel at an impressive 31 MPG on the highway. [*] Or you can go with the class-leading 38 MPG highway provided by the spirited 182-hp 4-cylinder.
NEXT-GENERATION XTRONIC CVT®
The Altima's CVT virtually eliminates gears by using a single metal belt that runs around a pair of variable-diameter pulleys. Once a transmission isn't limited by fixed gears, it can operate far more effectively. So whatever your right foot asks for, CVT responds with the perfect engine speed.
ALTIMA LOVES CORNERS...
Active understeer control
Altima's Active Understeer Control system sets even the sharpest turn straight. It works by braking the inside wheels for better control through corners for a more confident feel behind the wheel.
Redesigned rear suspension
Altima's 370Z®-inspired multilink rear suspension has been designed to deliver instant steering response and maximum tire contact for handling that'll tackle the passing lane as easily as the carpool lane.
EUROPEAN LUXURY CAR CORNERS
ZF Sachs shocks
Altima comes equipped with ZF Sachs shock absorbers. You know, like the ones found on luxury cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche... Yeah, those ones.
Lighter. Faster. Stronger.
We gave Altima class-leading highway fuel economy [*] and powerful acceleration. How did we do it? We put it on a diet. The engine, body, and chassis are all lighter, and we slimmed down the aerodynamics. The result-hit the gas and Altima will propel you from 0-60 faster than you can say "hang on".
Altima is one of a select group of Nissan vehicles to wear the PUREDRIVE™ badge. PUREDRIVE™ is a key part of our commitment to achieve lower levels of CO2 emissions. The technology focuses on improving fuel efficiencies and reducing CO2 emissions. And that's something we all can smile about.
What if your car could tell you when its tires had enough air? If it warmed itself up or cooled itself down for you without you even being there? Or turned on the headlights automatically in the rain? Would you call it smart, or simply brilliant?
CLEVER, RIGHT DOWN TO YOUR COCCYX
Zero Gravity Seats
NASA research determined the posture astronauts naturally take in the weightlessness of space. Nissan Engineering used this research to develop front seats that optimize comfort and reduce fatigue. Thanks for the tip guys.
NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT'S IMPORTANT
Advanced Drive-Assist® Display
From optional turn-by-turn navigation, to caller ID, the Advanced Drive-Assist® Display does it for you in one central location. It's specially designed to make it easy for you to get info quickly, allowing you to focus on what matters most-driving.
CONNECTED TO MORE THAN THE ROAD
NissanConnect™ uses hands-free technology, your smartphone, and your Nissan's display screen to help you stay in touch with the outside world from inside your vehicle. It's loaded with features and a growing list of apps that let you play your music, keep tabs on your social network, and navigate any city like a local.
NOW, EVEN TRAFFIC JAMS HAVE A FAST LANE
Take the road less travelled. Literally. SiriusXM Traffic gives you traffic updates, suggesting alternate routes that help you avoid delays due to roadwork, accidents, or pesky congested highways.
FRONT-ROW SEATS TO MUSIC YOU ?
iHeartRadio for Auto (Late availability)
It's got all that jazz, country, rock, urban, and pop... Access over 1,500 live stations from coast-to-coast, or create your own station based on your favorite artist. With the Discovery Tuner, customize the level of variety you want. Listen to new music, play only songs you know and love, or get a bit of both.
TALK FOR A MILE, A MINUTE, OR MORE.
Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant
Want to reply to a text message? No need to reach for your phone. The Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant keeps you connected through voice recognition technology. [*] So just talk to send a text, or use the available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System to make a call without diverting your attention.
ALTIMA'S GOT YOUR BACK...
Safety Shield Technologies
Altima includes over 50 safety features specifically designed to take care of you. Standard air bags, six of them, are there to help protect everyone on board. [*] No one could forget the kids, so every Altima includes the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for easier child seat installation.
...AND READY TO LIGHT THE WAY FORWARD.
Automatic headlights respond to light conditions outside. And if your wipers are on so are the headlights - automatically after 4 swipes. Illuminated driving courtesy of Altima.
Your exclusive pass to your Altima
The Nissan Intelligent Key lets you tap a button on the door handle or trunk to unlock them while your keys stay in your pocket or purse. And the available Remote Engine Start System [*] lets you warm up or cool down your Altima before you get in.
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