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The front-wheel drive, five-passenger Nissan Altima combines performance and an attractive exterior.

The fifth generation Nissan Altima sedan is powered by either a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Altima sedan is offered in seven different trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR, and 3.5 SL. Notable features either standard or optional include, Bluetooth streaming audio, passive entry with push button ignition, rearview camera, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, LED headlights, BOSE audio, navigation, and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standard safety features include, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, six airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, front seat-belt pre-tensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, ignition immobilizer, and vehicle security system. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, land departure warning, and moving object detection.

The 2016 Altima has been refreshed.

Introduction

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.It's 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 Nissan's 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 Nissan's 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.

Altima's 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.

Lineup

The 2016 Nissan Altima comes with a choice of engines.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination.)

Altima 2.5 ($22,500) comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, Bluetooth streaming audio/phone, CD player, and 16-inch steel wheels.Altima 2.5 S ($22,900) includes a rearview camera, Intelligent Key, automatic headlights, cruise control, and NissanConnect with mobile apps.Altima 2.5 SV ($25,460) has blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 17-inch wheels.

Altima 2.5 SR ($24,470) features a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, power driver's seat, and special exterior/interior trim.Altima 3.5 SR ($27,390) gets the 3.5-liter V6 engine and LED headlights.

Altima 2.5 SL ($28,570) features leather upholstery, Bose audio, heated front seats and steering wheel, power passenger seat, and auto-dimming mirror.Altima 3.5 SL ($32,090) adds the V6 engine, navigation, a moonroof, and front/rear sonar sensors.

Walkaround

Adopting some of the styling cues introduced on the sleek Maxima sedan, the Nissan Altima gets a fresh new look at both front and rear for 2016.Fenders and the hood have been reshaped, and the front fascia sits lower.Appearance of the V-shaped grille now reflects the latest Nissan theme.

At the rear, wider taillamps fit into a new fascia, bumper, and trunk lid, and bumper, while basic sheetmetal is essentially unchanged.LED headlights are newly available.

Altima SR is distinguished by smoked headlight housings, fog lights, and a decklid spoiler.

Interior

The 2016 Altima cabin has straightforward layout and is improved over the 2015 model.The dashboard has pleasing shapes, though symmetrical and restrained.The shape of the new dashboard shrinks knee room slightly.

Controls on the center stack are easy to use, and the wide console holds a big storage bin.Although interior fits and finishes are mostly good, soft-touch plastics predominate.Inside the SR, blue stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob contrasts with black upholstery.

Front seats are impressively comfortable.Taller drivers shouldn't feel cramped, considering the Altima's 45-inch legroom and 40-inch head space.While the rear seat appears cavernous, head clearance barely prevents tall passengers from contacting the headliner.Rear legroom ranks near average, but foot space is limited.

At 15.4 cubic feet, trunk space is roughly average.

Driving Impression

For 2016, Nissan's independent suspension has new Sachs shock absorbers and rear springs, designed to provide a more dynamic level of handling than that of the 2015 model.Active Understeer Control applies braking to inside front wheels to tighten cornering, while improved programming for the CVT improves low-speed acceleration.

In addition to revised damper-tuning, the new performance-oriented Altima SR benefits from increased stiffness in its stabilizer bars, as well as 18-inch tires.The end result is a decidedly sporty, confident feel.The steering is on the lighter side of our preference.

Road noise is largely muted, and the Altima suppresses tire drone better than a Hyundai Sonata or Volkswagen Passat.You can expect to hear exhaust sound from the four-cylinder engine, but little more than a mellow hum emanates from the V6.

For far fewer dollars, a four-cylinder base model can reach 60 mph in just under 8 seconds.Reworking of the CVT yields significantly greater responses, especially in sport-shift mode, though the refined 2.5-liter engine can be loud when pushed.The four-cylinder feels considerably more eager than its horsepower rating suggests.

In addition to delivering quicker acceleration, the V6 models feel effortlessly smooth.

Summary

Nissan Altima is a comfortable, smooth-riding car, good for commuting.Altima comes nicely equipped and appears to represent a good value.Nissan has long been a leader in CVT technology and the Altima's transmission works so well that we rarely think about it.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.NCTD editor Mitch McCullough reported on the Altima SL.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).28 cD
Front Head Room1,016 mm
Front Hip Room1,371 mm
Front Leg Room1,143 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,433 mm
Front track1,585 mm
Overall height1,468 mm
Overall Length4,874 mm
Overall Width1,829 mm
Rear Head Room942 mm
Rear Hip Room1,323 mm
Rear Leg Room917 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,433 mm
Rear track1,585 mm
Wheelbase2,776 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.83
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.60 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power182 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque244 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome accents
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City8.7 L/100 km
Combined7.5L/100 km
Highway6.0 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA2
Trans Type - VACVT
TransmissionCVT
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsFixed
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingT
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width215 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeCVT
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speedsContinuously variable
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size4.3"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place436 L
Curb weight1,450 kg
EPA interior volume2,885 L
Fuel Capacity72 L
Gross vehicle weight1,917 kg
Ground clearance137 mm
Max cargo capacity436 L
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Mode select transmission
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

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