Nissan Altima is the best selling Nissan model in the US. The
car which is in its fifth generation has already sold over 5
million units, often selling over 30,000 units every month. To
make the midsized sedan even better in order to maintain its
market share as well as attract new customers in the ruthless
midsize sedan market, Nissan has added some tweaks on its
exterior and interior.
2016 Nissan Altima Exterior
The 2016 Nissan Altima will be offered in 7 trim levels, the SR
models are new for 2016. The different models will be; Altima
2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL. The
4-door sedan measures 191.9 inches long, 72.0 inches wide and
57.8 inches tall. It will have a wheelbase of 109.3 inches.
The Altima borrow most of its looks form the Maxima and Murano. Most of the new changes on its exterior
can be seen on the front fascia. Nissan has hooked up the front
with a corporate face which features a V-shaped grille flanked
with “boomerang” LED headlights. These headlights feature as
standard halogen high beam as well as projector low beam
lights. The Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL trims feature LED
projector low beam lights and LED DRLs as standard and as an
option on the 2.5 SR and 2.5 SL.
The new Altima SR features smoked headlights bezels. The front
bumper has been redesigned and is seats lower than that of the
outgoing model. The SR, SV and SL trim levels have been
equipped with fog lights. The features V-shaped “boomerang”
taillights. The rear also features a sculpted bumper with a
dark accent, and like the front bumper, it also seats low.
There is also a redesigned trunk lid (comes with an integrated
spoiler on the Altima SR trim). The Altima will ride on either
17-inch or 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels.
Overall the vehicle is more aerodynamic and has a lower
coefficient of drag which has been reduced from 0.29 Cd to 0.26
Cd. The reduction can be attributed to addition of an
under-floor aero cover, active grille shutters and redesigned
front and rear fascias.
2016 Nissan Altima Interior
Just like the exterior, the interior also draws inspiration
from the Nissan Murano and Maxima. To start with, the cabin
features a new center stack and a center console with the
“gliding wing” design.
The model which will accommodate five passengers will still
feature the “Zero Gravity” front seats which are NASA-inspired.
Other features include Siri Eyes voice recognition, the Bose
premium audio system and NissanConnect which comes with a
Mobile Apps system. All models get a 4.0 inch information
display mounted in the gauge cluster as standard.
For safety, the automaker has enhanced the vehicle’s driving
aids package. The new package includes blind-spot warning,
adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, rear cross
traffic alert and predictive forward collision warning system.
Engine specs and Performance
The 2016 Nissan Altima drive-trains come unchanged from the
outgoing model. It features two engine variants. The first is a
2.5 L 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp at 6,000 rpm and
180 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. With this engine Nissan
Altima accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, while the
estimated maximum speed is 130 mph.
The second engine is a 3.5 L V6 unit which produces 270 hp at
6,400 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. With this
engine, the new Altima from 0-60 mph sprint in 6.1
seconds, while top speed is about 131 mph.
Both engines will be paired to with an Xtronic CVT transmission
system. Its EPA ratings are not yet out; however, Nissan says
that the 2.5 L engine will return 39 mpg on highway, a one mpg
improvement from the outgoing model’s 38 mpg.
Price and release date
The 2016 Nissan Altima sales will commence on 11th
November 2015. The base 2.5 has a starting MSRP price of $
22,500, $ 22,900 for the 2.5 S, $ 24, 470 for the 2.5 SR,
25,460 for 2.5 SV, $ 27,390 for the 3.5 SR and 32,
090 for the 3.5 SL.
The 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Toyota Camry will be the new Altima’s main