The 2016 Nissan Altima continues to be on the running on the top spot for mid-sized sedans but it remains as a decent contender, and not a winner. This mid-life cycle refresh is more concerned with the reinforcing of the good it already had rather than rectifying its weaknesses.
The 2016 Nissan Altima Brings in Updates, But Remains as Only a Decent Contender
In terms of design updates for the 2016 Nissan Altima, the most obvious ones are in its new front and rear fascias. These now resemble that of the new Nissan Maxima and the Murano. There are new head and taillights for the 2016 model and this necessitated sheetmetal changes to various parts of the vehicle, them being the fenders, the trunk, and the hood. These updates make the new Altima more of an overhaul rather than a total redesign.
These new looks certainly give the new Nissan Altima a more current family outlook. However, this new styling is still a bit awkward to some eyes, especially to those who are accustomed to the looks of the previous models.
When it comes to its cabin, the updates are less apparent. However, the car manufacturer has applied some of the same patterned plastic trim that was first found on the Murano. This Altima-specific look is something that is akin to the design of fossilized leaves preserved in amber. This may not sit well (no pun intended) with some owners as there is a dirty kind of look when light hits it at a certain angle.
Still on the cabin, it remains quiet and comfortable. These qualities are present thanks to the improved insulation and acoustic laminated glass. There are still some noise from the road that will get through the insulation, but the improved version of Nissan’s continuously variable transmission will no longer drone away when driving at high rpms. This transmission is called the “D-step” CVT, which is borrowed from the Maxima and the Murano, will instead behave like that of a traditional automatic. This will drop revs to help emulate an upshift.
The engines are still the same as with last year’s model. It still has that 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, there is now some small efficiency tweaks to it which includes a bump in compression ratio to 10.3:1 from the previous 10.0:1. The horsepower and torque remain unchanged as their values are still 182 and 180 pound-feet respectively.
Even though the 2016 Nissan Altima only remains as a stiff contender in the competition for mid-sized sedans, it can still get away with a lot in the sales race. This new Altima will still satisfy its legions greatly.