Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima

The 2016 Nissan Altima lineup features revised styling inside and out, retuned suspension and steering, and updated technology. Also, a sporty new Altima SR model joins the lineup for 2016.

Altima is a midsize sedan that competes with Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, and other midsize sedans. Its more affordable but less interesting than the sportier, more luxurious Nissan Maxima.

Last redesigned for 2013, the Altima has been extensively updated for 2016. Buyers can choose between a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers excellent fuel economy and a proven, powerful 3.5-liter V6.

Restyled front and rear, the 2016 Altima embraces Nissans latest design theme, called Energetic Flow, to complement the Maxima and Murano. Likewise, the interior has been updated to echo the themes of those two models, bringing a little more pizazz to the Altima cabin.

A slew of safety features is available for the 2016 Altima. Among them: Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 182 horsepower and comes with Nissans Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 27/39 mpg City/Highway.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces 270 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque. Fuel economy is rated 22/32 mpg City/Highway. Its CVT includes paddle shifters and a manual mode that simulates gear ratios.

The electro-hydraulic steering has been reprogrammed for better response and feel for 2016. We found it steers nicely and had no issues with it. Nissan has also switched shock absorbers, springs, and tires for 2016 with the goal of more dynamic handling. The 2016 Altima SL we drove was comfortable, with a nice ride for highway commuting and running errands, but there is nothing sporty about it.

The sporty 2016 Altima SR brings a bit more sportiness to the equation. Available with either engine, the new Altima SR has stiffer dampers and thicker stabilizer bars. The Altima SR handles with authority and it leans less in turns than the standard Altima models.

Altimas front seats promise long-lasting comfort and we found them relatively soft. Fold-down rear seats are split 60/40. Additional acoustic glass and sound-deadening material have been added to quiet the cabin, and we did find it to be a quiet, serene place to sit while rolling down the highway.

On the infotainment front, the Altima moves ahead with new audio features connected to Bluetooth, which now is standard. Included are audio streaming and text-to-voice translation, using a 5-inch color display. A 7-inch touchscreen goes into models with navigation and real-time traffic data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Altima a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2016 Altima Good marks in each test, with Top Safety Pick+ honors.


2014 Nissan Altima

First introduced as a 1993 model, the Nissan Altima was billed as all-new for 2013. With a combination of innovative mechanical components, carefully tuned ride and handling, advanced cockpit connectivity features and sleekly contemporary styling that belies its price class, the fifth-generation Altima feels like it's a class above its mid-size segment while providing comfortable, efficient family transport.

For the 2014 model year, a Technology Package (including NissanConnect) replaces the previous Navigation Package, available for 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV models. A new Sport Value Package for 2.5 S models includes 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, remote engine start, and a trunk-lid spoiler. A new Display Audio Package for 2.5 S and 3.5 S includes a 5-inch color display, rearview monitor, USB port, and NissanConnect. (For the 2.5 S, that package also includes SiriusXM satellite radio.) Front-seat visors are now illuminated, with extensions, on 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 3.5 S trim levels.

Chrome exhaust finishers have been added to the 2.5 grade for 2014. Nissan's available navigation system has added smartphone integration for iPhone and Android, SiriusXM Travel Link, and SiriusXM Weather.

All seven Altima models have Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard. Each Altima is a four-door sedan, as Nissan has discontinued the two-door Altima coupe.

Most Nissan Altima models will come with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but a vigorous, upscale 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is available. The thrifty four-cylinder combines with the latest Nissan CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The result of 20 years of refinement, this drivetrain results in a segment-leading 38 mpg EPA Highway estimate. That's better than Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu ECO, Hyundai Hybrid or any other competing mid-size sedan.

The four-cylinder gets a 27-mpg EPA City rating. Contributing to fuel-efficiency are tires with reduced rolling resistance, and a regenerative alternator that operates only when the Altima is cruising. With the V6 engine, the fuel-economy estimate shrinks to 22/31 mpg City/Highway.

We found the Altima 3.5 with the V6 engine a brilliant performer, but the Altima 2.5 with the four-cylinder engine delivered just average performance.

Inside, the top-of-the-line Altima SL trim was very luxurious, and the SV trim with cloth upholstery was also very nice. All of the Altimas are very quiet when underway.

Combine headline-making fuel efficiency with a variety of features and creature comforts not generally found in non-luxury mid-size sedans, and the Altima makes a stylish, affordable and tempting choice for families working their way up the scale. In fact, for some time the Altima has been shouldering its way into Nissan Maxima territory.

Available features include such pleasantries as leather-appointed seating, as well as safety features like blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, and a moving object detection system.

Perhaps the most likable of the Altima's provisions is a fully automatic tire-pressure monitor that tells you exactly which tire is low, by how much it is low. Then, it tells you when you are beginning to refill it, and gives you a little toot of the horn when you've reached the proper inflation! Goodbye tire gauge. The Easy Fill Tire Alert is standard.

NissanConnect with Navigation, which is part of the available Technology and Display Audio Packages, includes such features as a 7-inch touchscreen, 3D-effect map views, voice recognition, and turn-by-turn navigation. Also integrated into the Advanced Drive-Assist screen are a speed-limit display, eco driving maps, curve warning, and split-screen display.

Nissan's Altima competes against the Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion.


2013 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is all-new for 2013. With a combination of innovative mechanical components, carefully tuned ride and handling, advanced cockpit connectivity features and sleekly contemporary styling that belies its price class, the fifth-generation 2013 Altima feels like it's a class above its mid-size segment while providing comfortable, efficient family transport.

Most 2013 Altima models will come with a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but a a vigorous, upscale 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 is available. The thrifty four-cylinder engine is newly redesigned and, combined with a vastly improved Nissan CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the result of 20 years of refinement, this drivetrain results in a segment-leading 38 mpg EPA Highway rating. That's better than Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu ECO, Hyundai Hybrid or any other competing mid-size sedan.

We found the Altima 3.5 with the V6 engine a brilliant performer, but the Altima 2.5 with the four-cylinder engine delivered just average performance.

Inside, the top-of-the-line Altima SL trim was very luxurious, and the SV trim with cloth upholstery was also very nice. All of them are very quiet underway.

Combine headline-making fuel efficiency with a variety of features and creature comforts not generally found in non-luxury mid-size sedans, and the 2013 Altima, already shouldering its way into Nissan Maxima territory, makes a stylish, affordable and tempting choice for families working their way up the scale.

Nissan Altima competes with Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion.


 

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