Road Tripping And The Rolling Stones In A 2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima

Packing as much as possible: in a vacation and in the 2015 Nissan Altima.

Whenever I come down to the Lower 48 from Alaska, I try to pack in as much as I can into each and every trip. When I knew I was going to be in New York for BlogHer, I checked to see where my brother Rick was on tour. This summer he was on tour with Paul McCartney and would be in Buffalo, NY, the same time I would be there. Awesome!

Every summer I try to see him somewhere around the US, otherwise I would only see him at the holidays. Last year, I did a road trip through the South and saw him in Nashville with Paul McCartney. This year – the Stones!!

Kristi And Ricky Trimmer

Love my big brother!

I would drive six hours across New York to the far western part of the state to see him. I love to road trip and this time I was going to be test driving the 2015 Nissan Altima sedan.

Picking up my new ride

The Nissan Altima was the perfect choice for a long road trip as it has a ton of room, lots of cool car tech, and drove oh so smoothly. I haven’t driven a sedan in well over 10 years as I have a smaller, sports-like car, so I was looking forward to trying out something completely different. This car could easily fit 5 people in it – the backseats were spacious and quite comfy.

Nissan Altima - Picking It Up

I picked up the 2015 Nissan Altima at The Parking Spot at JFK. Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

I picked up the car from JFK and when I got the keys I just looked at them because they surely were not like my keys at all! With these, you don’t insert them anywhere. It was quite comical watching me try to figure out how to turn the car on! I kept pressing the start button but wasn’t pressing the brake at the same time. The dashboard finally told me what to do.

Nissan Altima

It’s weird to just leave the keys hanging out. I wish that space had been a tad bigger to hold my Samsung Note 4 phone. These huge phones don’t fit anywhere! Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

Love all the tech!

I took a minute and checked out the car’s tech scene. I downloaded the NissanConnect app and I was pleasantly surprised to see the route I had just looked up on my phone popped up on the car’s dash. It also integrates with your text messages, Facebook, and Twitter. One thing that was cool to see is that it wouldn’t let you respond to anything if the car was in motion. Great safety feature to keep your head on the road.

Nissan Altima - Navigation

So needed this navigation through NissanConnect trying to figure out how to get through New York City onto the open road! Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

One thing that I noticed was this little orange light that would come on near the side mirrors. Anytime a car was in my blind spot it would illuminate orange. If the car stayed there for more than a couple seconds, that light would start blinking. If you were just passing a car it did not light up. Totally loved this feature!!

Nissan Altima - Orange Light

This Blind Spot indicator is on both sides of the car. Love it! Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

What I Loved

  • All the tech. And I do mean ALL the tech. It was what I was most curious to see, especially in a new car
  • Hands free phone calls and listening to my text messages
  • 38 miles to the gallon!! It had an easy to read mile indicator that told me exactly how many miles I had to go. At 75 miles it would pop up that it needed more gas
  • Sirius XM radio and Pandora were used quite a bit through rural Pennsylvania and New York
  • Really big trunk that has a safety pull feature in case you get locked in the trunk
  • Very comfy leather seats that were roomy and curved just right
Nissan Altima - Safety Icons

Lots of indicators; the one lit up here beeps if a car comes to close. Freaked me out at first, not going to lie! I then found it quite helpful, especially when parallel parking. Credit: Kristi trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

What You Need to Know

  • Gas mileage: 27 in the city, 38 on highway
  • Base price: $28,150; price of the model I drove, with moon roof and technology package, $31,500
  • Comes with NissanConnect
  • It has a lighter, faster design and this car can move!
  • Warranty: 36-month/36,000-mile limited vehicle coverage and a 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage
Nissan Altima - Road Trip

Lots of trunk space and it has an emergency latch to let you out in case you ever get stuck in there. Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars


Nissan Altima - Rolling Stones

We made it safely to The Rolling Stones concert in Buffalo!! Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

Nissan Altima - Rolling Stones Concert

The Stones!!! Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars

Nissan Altima - Profile

I was a bit sad to have to turn back in the Altima. Very solid car; I could get used to the roominess of this car real quick! Credit: Kristi Trimmer for AGirlsGuidetoCars


Mulroney 2015 Nissan Altima

Disclosure: The Nissan Altima was provided to AGirlsGuidetoCars by Nissan for this review. The opinions expressed are all my own – I say exactly what is on my mind!

Kristi Trimmer is a full-time travel and adventure blogger at One day in 2013, she packed up her... More about Kristi Trimmer