The four-door mid-size sedan, once the ascendant form of family transport, has lost kindness. Nissan wants no part of that for its fifth-aeon Altima. The Altima is still the bestselling commodity in Nissan’s roll, and so far this year, it’s just ahead of the Honda Accord for second-place sales honors in that part (the Toyota Camry remains amount one). The sales flow of its own Murano, Pathfinder and Rogue crossover SUVs is contributing to the automobile slide.
The fifth-gen Altima was all-brand-new in 2013, so this modify leaves the sedan's bones largely full. The gigantic change is the move to Energetic Flow styling , which consists of a more muscular front fascia, Nissan’s “V-motion” opening and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillamps. The likely explanation being that if crossovers are trading like cakes, then increasing some Murano visuals to the Altima should promote sales of the sedan. It doesn’t stop there, Energetic Flow design is now found on the newly aroused surfaces of the tiny and soberer Sentra and on the more communicative and distensible Maxima.
In the compartment, the 2016 Altima’s refresh areas on extending accessible technology, as well as hushing abdicable sound with increased sound isolation and an acoustic produced surface. The Altima’s already admirable indoor gets a Murano-motivated area pile and console, but otherwise the substances, textures, and colors from the preceding version. Particularly welcome are the Altima’s well-padded door rests and form-proper zero gravity front vessels, cloth-covered in our SV experiment automobile that seem to comfortably meet a beamy array of posteriors. procreate travelers don’t get the form proper Zero gravity rooms. Procreate-seat room and legroom, while not as benevolent as that in the Volkswagen Passat, are mid-size-sedan befitting. Six-footers can drive in back without requesting the front-seat inhabitants to scoot their seats forward. Fold-down procreate seatbacks increase merchandise space for long parts, extending the 15-cubic-foot stalk, which otherwise is normal for the part.
All but the base Altima come with a 5.0-inch touchscreen for information and entertainment. The system has easy-to-use projections for measure and adjusting lying the surface, plus a few realistic buttons on the display and solid buttons alongside. Even good is the 7.0-inch unit that was in our experiment automobile, it comes with the navigation collection, which is a $580 option on the mid-level SV and range-topping SL.
The large screen gives uncomplicated rights to all of the unsettled apps accessible in the NissanConnect system. For those customers who want the current in connected tech, the need of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is a bright mistake, although Apple people can rights their phone’s voice recognition through the car, a function labelled Siri Eyes Free.
Last year’s port-injected, 2.5-liter four-cylinder returns with only insignificant changes, none affecting its performance. brand-new motor horses and a large muffler aid decrease motor drone, yet despite great-looking grade multiple gas exhausts on all versions, there’s no sound approaching out of them to intensify the wave. In our try-out, the 182-hp 2.5-liter’s 8.2-second zero-to-60 mph elegance reached up a bit abbreviated analyzed with the Chevrolet Malibu 1.5 LT (8.0), the Honda Accord Sport (7.6), the Mazda 6 i Touring (7.3), and the Toyota Camry SE (8.0). The 2.5’s escapade is fuel economy, which upgraded to an EPA estimated 27 mpg municipality and 39 mpg freeway for 2016 thanks in part to aerodynamic squeezes and regular opening shutters. For more performance, Nissan still offers the 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6. The Altima’s continuously variable automatic transmission, an important element to the automobile’s fuel economy strategy, isn’t the finish downer these slushboxes once were.
Nissan got into the CVT game early, and the Altima’s Xtronic CVT employs the third aeon of its D-step Shift thinking, which under most circumstances simulates the gearchanges that happen in a conventional automatic (up to seven “ratios”). There are short times when there seems to be tiny reciprocality between motor speed and valve point, but much less sounding is undergone than with CVTs of yore. Mostly, motor revs are exactly where they need to be to create the energy for any given street weight and/or driving state, with tiny or no pause.
The motor builds revs fairly naturally—it doesn’t just go roaring to redline and be there until you raise. You’ll have to opt for the sportier Altima SR if you want translation bats to manually line through the reproduced wheels. General, the Altima is calm with tiny or no automatic sounds or street or loop sound heavy the order. Its 36 decibels at bone-idle is especially calm for the collection. But things get a tad coarse when cruising with light valve around 50 mph as the motor drops to 1200 rpm under light weight. The 2016 refresh also includes brand-new plates and procreate springs, which give an admirable-enough drive grade. Body motions are reasonably well regulated and the Altima’s electrically supported power steering is nicely heavy.
Nissan has retuned the steering this year for swift consequence. Despite relatively small 215/55R-17 tires on our SV experiment automobile, turn-in was distinct, helped in part by the regular counterfeit torque-vectoring system that waves the restraint on the inside front wheel in areas to upgrade steering consequence. The Altima tracks actual on-area with tiny need for regular corrections, although there could be a good awareness of the riding coefficient up in areas. The brakes motivated certainty with distinct top-of-the-pedal consequence, although the 192-foot stopping spacing we decided from 70 mph is worse than the performance of its contestants.
Within the Altima roll, think of the SV we try-out as the sensible-shoes preference. It comes regular with most of the tool customers seem to want, such as aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an energy driver’s seat with energy lumbar improvement, a touchscreen audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, a backup camera, multiple-zone automatic climate control and remote engine start. It also includes rear cross traffic alert and blind sport monitoring, advanced features that been more or are not even accessible in some contesting mid-size sedans. All the good to point those increasing figures of crossovers and SUVs.