The facelifted 2016 Nissan Altima has been revealed with a refreshed look, more safety and connectivity features and a sportier new SR trim level.
The Altima was totally redesigned just three years ago, but the mid-cycle facelift adopts some of the design language used on the divisive Maxima. The front and rear fascias are totally new, with the front bumper now sporting Nissan’s V-shaped grille and LED headlights with the signature boomerang shape.
The Altima also gets a 10 percent improvement in coefficient of drag, which is sure to help fuel economy. Nissan is claiming the Altima gets best in class standard fuel economy. The sedan’s weight has also been reduced and the car gets better sound isolation for a quieter cabin.
All Altimas also get a revised interior highlighted by a new center stack that is easier to use than the one it replaces. A 5-inch touchscreen is standard, while a 7-inch screen is optional or standard on higher trim levels, and Nissan is saying that better connectivity is one of the Altima’s greatest improvements.
The SR trim, available with both engine options, is a sportier model that gets upgrades to enhance driving dynamics as well as exterior tweaks like an integrated spoiler and new wheels that give it a sportier look. SR models also get paddle shifters, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter. SR models are also feature unique suspension tuning that reduces body roll by 20 percent over non-SR models.
No powertrain upgrades have been made, so the Altima is still available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (183 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque) and a 3.5-liter V6 (270 ho and 251 lb-ft). Matched with the CVT, the four-cylinder is rated at 27 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, while the V6 is rated at 22 mpg city and 32 highway. Nissan says this CVT has more responsive acceleration feel and pre-programmed “shift points” that mimic a traditional automatic transmission.
Nissan has also tweaked the suspension to allow for better handling, and the steering to give more feedback.
In terms of safety features, the 2016 Altima will offer a predictive forward collision warning system, blind spot monitoring, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert.
Pricing for the 2016 Nissan Altima has not yet been announced, but expect the popular mid-sized family sedan to arrive in dealerships very soon.
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