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Nissan Altima has an obvious advantage over other mid-size sedans: affordable price. Naturally, this vehicle boasts a lot more benefits, seen primarily in the bodywork & equipment. First things come first.
The 2016 production year introduces significant changes to the Altima’s bodywork. The key development is the integration of Active Grille Shutters which automatically interlock at high speeds in order to cut wind resistance and improve performance. The V-shape grille adds to the car’s aerodynamic features, gross of more harmonious body lines, the wind tunnel, hood fenders, oblong headlights with LED clusters, buried corner lamps.
The rear-end received more conspicuous taillights, a heightened trunk lid and dual exhaust pipes. Featuring 191.9x57.8x72 inches dimensions and 109.3 inches wheelbase, this sedan is an ideal solution for both city and highway rides.
Engines & Efficiency
A vital point to mention in 2016 Nissan Altima review is the choice of powertrains. The new model line comes with two available engines: a) a 2.5-liter inline-4 item that generates 182 hp at 6000 RPM & 180 lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM. Estimated fuel efficiency index makes up 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg in the highway; b) a 3.5-liter V6 unit that yields 270 hp at 6400 RPM & 251 lb-ft of torque at 4400 RPM. Average fuel efficiency index equals to 22/32 mpg in the city/highway.
Both engines collaborate with an automatic CVT transmission that transfers power to the front wheels. The gearbox runs smoothly, while the shifts are changed nearly insensibly. In road tests the 3.5-liter modifications accelerate up to 60 mph for just 6.2 seconds – that’s considered to be a stunning result for a family-oriented sedan.
New Altima offers space for 5 passengers. The layout, by rare chance, boasts sufficient space as for the front (45.0x56.4x40.0x54.0 inches, leg/shoulder/head/hip), so for the rear occupants (36.1x56.4x37.1x52.1 inches). The front seats are developed according to zero-gravity design to promote for the ultimate visibility and comfort during the ride.
The trimming is quite straightforward: the central stack accommodates easy-to-reach controls, the dashboard is coated in fine plastic, the door panels have got hard-plastic coating, whereas the seats use premium cloth/leather upholstery. Down to the stack there is a storage box; there are also large cup-holders beside the gear selector.
The boot offers 15.4 c.f. of luggage space; its lid provides for a wide and low opening. The infotainment system leaves much to be desired. The 5-inch display is too small for comfortable management (7-inch solution is optional) & lags behind the competitors. Besides, the base version doesn’t offer the integration with mobile devices, if compared with other sedans in the class.
Despite these drawbacks, Nissan Altima comes standard with Bluetooth, radio streaming, text-to-voice translation, a CD player, and an audio jack. The cabin received a dual-zone climate control system that allows front and rear passengers to tune air conditioning according to their preferences.
Modifications & Equipment
To proceed with Nissan Altima review, it’s necessary to note that lineup received a totally new trim level, SR, in addition to the four existing ones. Moreover, the modifications are differentiated by the employed powertrain.
Therefore, the base 2.5-liter Altima features 16-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, split-folding rear seats, a 4-speaker sound system, power accessories, remote entry, and push button ignition. The 2.5-liter S version adds cruise control, automatic headlamps, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition system, a 6-speaker sounding, a rearview camera, a USB port, and NissanConnect integration.
The 2.5-liter Altima SV is shipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a satellite radio, and remote engine start. The 2.5-liter SL trim received leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, ambient cabin lighting, a 4-way power front passenger’s seat, heated front seats, a 9-speaker Bose sounding, and adjustable headrests; the 3.5-liter SL package adds LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, parking sensors (front & rear), shift paddles, and standard navigation system.
Finally, the 3.5-liter Altima SR upgrader the kit with 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, daytime running lights, a sport-styled suspension, and sport seats.
Nissan Altima can’t do without innovative safety equipment. Standard facilities entail 6 airbags (double-stage front bags, front side-impact bags, side curtain bags), seatbelts with sensors, stability & traction control, antilock brakes, 4-wheel ABS. Higher trims add a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, emergency assistance, and some other features united under Nissan Safety Shield Technologies.
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