From the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid we expect to see pretty good sale results like it was the case with previous models in this lineup but next year will bring few more quite good contenders. One of those is the 2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid that will certainly have something to add to this story. Because these two models could be on many shopping lists we will deliver comparison of these two vehicles.
The 2015 Nissan Altima will be a fifth generation of a 4-door mid-size sedan. Altima hybrid was axed back in 2011 due to disastrous sale numbers, but will get a new chance since Nissan’s policy took a new direction of less CO2 emissions. Powertrain will get a supercharged 2.5L I4 engine with 218 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque and a helping hand in a new lithium-ion battery and electric motor with 250 lb-ft of torque.
As far as the looks are concerned, new 2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid will be a carryover of its predecessor. That means an old look with insignificant changes. Front end grille and arrow-head shaped headlights will continue to feature on this model as well, together with tail-lights that go deep in the side of the car. Interior will also remain pretty much the same with a plastic dashboard and cloth upholstery. 4-inch gauge cluster screen will be redesigned according to hybrid car needs.
2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Power sliding glass moon roof, BOSE audio system with nine speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio and many more features will remain. New Altima hybrid is expected to be able to go 44 mpg in a city and 32 mpg on a highway and it is estimated that its price will be around $26,000.
The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a FWD full size 4-door sedan. 2015 hybrid model will be a carryover of its fourth generation predecessor and will come in three trim levels: Hybrid XLE Premium, Hybrid XLE Touring and Hybrid Limited. Under the hood lays a 2.5L I4 engine that develops up to 156 hp and the same amount of torque in lb-ft. Coupled with electric motor and sealed nickel-metal hydride battery it delivers a net power of 200 hp or 149 kW.
Exterior is sharp and sound, with thin grille and headlights, but with huge front end fascia lower grille. It goes slightly up from front towards rear end and starts descending only when it reaches the rear window. Tail-lights are sharp and square-like and can be seen from the side taking this vehicle to the higher level when we are talking about the looks.
2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid Vs 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Interior is furbished with fine materials and dashboard is made of solid quality plastics. The 6.1-inch touch-screen dominates the central console of first two trims while the Premium trim offers HD 7-incher. Latter trim level also deploys a three-zone climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents while all of them feature backup camera, cruise control, rear window defogger and many more.
It is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles of its class and goes 40 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway without much effort. Prices start at $35,555 for XLE Premium and end at $41,400 for Limited trim. With introduction of the Lithium Ion battery pack instead of the NiMH version would further improve fuel economy and efficiency. This would also lower the weight but could increase the price.
2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
These vehicles are of similar, but not the same class. 2015 Nissan Altima is still a relative unknown, but will certainly be cheaper and even less fuel-efficient to some extent than 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Latter is one of leaders in fuel-efficiency in its class and offers luxury to go with.