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3/4 Front Glamour 2015 Nissan Altima
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One of the top-selling midsize family sedans in the U.S., the Nissan Altima packs a lot of value for the money and offers buyers a choice of a four-cylinder or V6 engine -- something that's becoming less common in the segment. But it's also able to be a fuel efficient choice for buyers who want the best economy.

What's New for 2015

For 2015, V6-equipped Altimas gain 1 mpg in highway fuel economy, with a new rating of 22/32 by the EPA. The 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trims also get the formerly optional navigation, blind spot warning and lane departure warning systems as standard. An 8-way power driver's seat is now standard on 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV models.

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Choosing Your Nissan Altima

Equipment levels on the Altima range from basic to lavish. It's important to note that 3.5 models come with additional standard equipment, even when they share S, SV or SL designations with 2.5 models.

2.5 S

As its name implies, the 2.5 S comes standard with the 2.5-liter four cylinder. It produces 182 horsepower, and like all Altimas is mated to a CVT transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 27/38 mpg. Standard equipment includes automatic headlights, steering wheel audio controls, Nissan's Intelligent Key and and individual tire pressure monitor readout. A power driver's seat is optional. The Display Audio Package includes a 5-inch color radio display with satellite radio, iPod and USB input and text-messaging assist.

3.5 S

In addition to the 3.5-liter, 270 horsepower V6, the 2.5 S adds 18-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, a 5-inch color display for the radio with iPod and USB input, satellite radio, a backup camera and a 6-way power driver's seat. A power moonroof is optional.

2.5 SV

The 2.5 SV adds dual-zone automatic climate control, front fog lights, remote engine start, 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver's seat, backup camera, satellite radio and a 5-inch color radio display with iPod and USB integration, text messaging assist and Nissan's mobile apps suite.

3.5 SV

As with other trim levels, buyers get more than a larger engine with the 3.5 SV, which adds 18-inch wheels to the 2.5 SV, as well as a power moonroof, rear air vents, navigation, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic detection and lane departure warning.

2.5 SL

The 2.5 SL includes leather upholstery, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, LED taillights and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Convenience Package adds a power moonroof, rear air vents and turn signal indicators in the side mirrors. The Technology Package adds a navigation system with 7-inch screen, blind spot and lane departure warning.

3.5 SL

The range-topping 3.5 SL adds navigation, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic detection and lane departure warning to the 2.5 SL.

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CarsDirect Tip

For those looking for all the basics in a midsize family sedan, the 2.5 SV represents excellent value in the segment, with lots of equipment, along with great fuel efficiency. And those looking for a few more premium features can step up to an SL model without breaking the bank.






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