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Heavily Updated 2016 Nissan Altima Unveiled

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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2015
  • 2016 Nissan Altima updated with revised look, new features
  • Sedan also boasts improved highway fuel economy, new SR trim level
  • Revised Altima goes on sale in November

Nissan is making several major changes to its midsize Altima sedan for the 2016 model year. While updates to the 2016 Altima don't go as far as a redesign, the sedan boasts new styling, new features, a new trim level and a slight increase in gas mileage.

Exterior styling is where the most obvious Altima changes have occurred, as the sedan offers completely new front and rear ends compared to last year's model. Designed to closely resemble the look of the latest Maxima, the Altima's front fascia offers a bolder, more aggressive look, while the new rear end features sharper, more modern styling.

Inside, changes don't go quite as far. There's a slightly updated center control stack, along with revised cup holders in the center console. Nissan also says the brand's unique zero-gravity seats are standard on all Altima models. More obvious to drivers are several newly available features, including forward-collision warning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert.

Under the hood, the Altima largely remains the same, save for a few changes to the sedan's base-level 4-cylinder engine. Those updates include a 2-horsepower bump to 182 hp and some technical revisions resulting in a boost of 1 mile per gallon on the highway to 39 mpg. The sedan's city fuel economy rating of 27 mpg is unchanged, as is the optional 270-hp 3.5-liter V6.

The last update to the Nissan Altima for 2016 is the addition of a sporty new SR trim level, which offers improved sport suspension for better handling, performance-oriented tires and smoked light lenses. It's offered with both the 2.5- and 3.5-liter engines.

According to Nissan, the 2016 Altima will go on sale in November. While the automaker hasn't yet announced pricing, we suspect it'll be similar to today's base figure of around $23,300 with shipping.

What it means to you: The 2016 Nissan Altima offers some stylish updates, but bargain hunters may want to check out the 2015 model until the 2016 model gets closer to arriving at dealerships.

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