The 2016 Nissan Altima sports a new look that's bound to attract buyers looking for their next mid-size sedan. There are new headlamps, and both the hood and fenders have been redesigned for a more sporty appearance. The interior has also been substantially upgraded. Finally, a new SR trim level expands the number of choices for car shoppers to choose from.
The Altima comes in a base trim level, the S, SR, SV and the SL. Powering most is a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine good for 182 horsepower and similar amount of torque. The SR and SL trims can be equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6. This powerplant is rated at 270 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy is very good: 27 mpg city/39 mpg highway/31 mpg combined* with the 2.5-liter and 22/32/26 with the 3.5. The Altima is able to obtain these figures thanks to a combination of aerodynamic improvements to the exterior and the use of sophisticated active grille shutters. Updates to the two engines also contribute to the improved fuel economy.
"Nissan has done well historically with continuously variable transmissions (CVT) and the 2016 Altima continues that tradition," notes the auto experts at Edmunds. "The CVT is more responsive when you press on the gas pedal compared to its competitors, and the simulated stepped gears reduce some of the engine drone that others suffer from."
Dual front, front-side and side curtain airbags are standard on all Altima trim levels. Same with anti-lock disc brakes, and traction and stability control systems. A rearview camera setup comes standard on the S and higher trims, while blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are found on the SV and SL. The IIHS gave its highest rating of "Good" to the Altima in several crash-test categories: moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact, roof strength, and whiplash reduction.
The base sedan comes with such popular features as power windows and door locks, Bluetooth connectivity, and push-button ignition. Step up to the S and the feature list expands considerable to include such favorites as automated headlamps and cruise control. Siri Eyes Free, which allows passengers to access the popular phone assistant via voice commands, is also standard. Other notable features include sports seats, dual-zone climate control and a premium audio system. Many of these are available in lower trim levels as either a standalone option or as part of an option package.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.