Midsize Sedan Comparison: 2016 Nissan Altima – Kelley Blue Book

By Allyson Harwood on Could 6, 2016 1:00 PM


Starting MSRP: $23,335

Above Average: Sporty attitude, attractive interior

Below Average: Infotainment, powertrain, steering feel

Consensus: The Altima is recommendable and worth a look, simply ensure to likewise check out some others


600 Miles in 85 Words

The Altima is a midsize sedan that provides just what individuals adore concerning Nissan sedans: an appealing combination of sporty demeanor, comfortable interior and fuel efficiency — thanks to its frugal 4-cylinder engine and frequently variable transmission. The Altima was refreshed for 2016, along with sharp brand-new styling on the outside and notable appearance and functional improvements inside. Nissan’s continued fine-tuning of the Altima has actually gained this midsize sedan a spirited, enjoyable alternative to a few of the a lot more conservative choices in the segment.

A Closer Look

The 2016 Nissan Altima is near the top of its class as soon as it pertains to (non-hybrid) fuel economy. At the exact same time, it collections itself apart from the remainder of the group along with a taut, sporty suspension that makes the Altima a lot more enjoyable to drive compared to others in the segment, plus it has actually an attractive interior. Here’s exactly how the 2016 Nissan Altima performed in vital categories, followed by a closer check out each rating.


Highway Driving  
The Altima’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a few of the most effective fuel economy in the segment, yet the downside is that it didn’t offer considerably in the means of a positive experience on the open highway. The engine felt sluggish, the majority of noticeably as soon as it came to passing power. The CVT did a commendable job, yet droned and whined as soon as pushed. However, as soon as the Altima is up to cruising speed, the Intelligent Cruise Manage and comfortable, resculpted-for-2016 front seats make it straightforward to drive several hundred miles free of having to shift in your seat.

City Driving  The Altima’s powertrain weaknesses likewise showed up about town, where driving from stoplight to stoplight highlighted the CVT noise and the engine’s tepid acceleration. We likewise observed that the suspension, while tauter and sportier compared to others in the group, likewise permit in as well several road imperfections at the expense of a smooth ride.

Sporty Driving  The Altima offers heavier-feeling steering and a stiffer suspension compared to others in its segment, and that combination creates a sportier feel compared to you would certainly grab elsewhere. along with the Altima SL we tested, we didn’t grab the the majority of engaging driving experience the Altima has actually to offer. For that, the brand-new SR trim degree offers a a lot more responsive suspension and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. And for those that are willing to sacrifice some fuel economy for performance, there’s an optional V6.

Interior Appeal  Among the shining stars of the updated Altima is its interior. The light-colored wood accents, plus the light beige interior gave the cabin an airy feel. It wasn’t the quietest auto of the bunch inside, yet suit and complete were top-notch, as were the materials. the majority of of us liked the reshaped Zero Gravity front seats and appreciated the ease of usage of the majority of of the controls in the cabin.  

Infotainment  It was straightforward to connect a phone via Bluetooth, yet the Altima’s navigation system was frustrating. Its screen was nearly impossible to usage in sunlight, and fingerprints accumulated even throughout short drives. as soon as using navigation to guide you on a personal route, the system doesn’t permit you to see the ETA and the miles remaining at the exact same time. The scale was either as well close in or as well far out, and there weren’t enough street names revealed on the map. Voice recognition could likewise usage some work.

Rear Seat  as soon as it came to rear-seat roominess, the Altima was our least favorite. The rear seats were the narrowest of the group and seemed to offer the least quantity of leg- and knee room. It’s nice to have actually a auto that’s driver-centric, yet that shouldn’t be at the expense of individuals that are sitting behind the driver.

Cargo Utility  as soon as you’re in the exact same segment as the Volkswagen Passat and Kia Optima, the 2 of which have actually impressively large trunks, it’s hard to compete. The Altima’s trunk is decently sized and holds a generous quantity of cargo — 15.4 cubic feet — yet it doesn’t supply the space of others in its segment.

Fuel Economy  An additional shining point for the Altima is its fuel economy. It delivered on this promise in a big way, scoring the second-highest on our as-tested fuel economy and netting 35.9 mpg on the return drive, fuel economy that was bested just by the Accord.

Resale Value  As the Altima continues to improve, the 2 in the quantity of features offered for the cash and in terms of reliability, resale values will certainly go up. yet for now, the Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have actually the 3 ideal resale values in the segment. 

Inside and Out: 2016 Nissan Altima