By on September 22, 2015

2016 Nissan Altima SR

Nissan unveiled its newest Altima in New York on Tuesday, complete with Maxima-like headlights and hood lines.

The newest Altima will sport the same engine options as the last model, a 2.5-liter I-4 and 3.5-liter V-6. The former produces 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, with the latter making 270 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are paired to a continuously variable transmission with “7-step manumatic” paddle shift.

The Altima also adds a sporty SR trim, which can have both four- and six-cylinder engines, stiffened suspension and a rear decklid spoiler.

Outside, the Altima sports the flared headlights and hood lines found on the Maxima and Murano. The Altima also wears an updated grille and chin with a revised chrome accent. According to Nissan, the mid-size car adopts the Maxima and Murano’s “Energetic Flow” design language — whatever that means.

2016 Nissan Altima

The rear features a new sculpted bumper with a darker lower accent and boomerang lights in the back. The SR models will also sport an integrated rear spoiler.

2016 Nissan Altima SR

Inside, the Altima receives an updated center stack and can receive either the 5- or 7-inch touchscreen available in the Murano. The 5-inch touchscreen is standard on all models except the top-of-the-line 3.5 SL.

2016 Nissan Altima

Nissan has updated its Zero Gravity seats (absurd name, pretty good product) and steering wheel over last year.

2016 Nissan Altima

Beginning with the 2.5, the Altima will be offered in 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SR and 2.5 SL trims. For its larger V-6, Nissan will offer the Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL models.

According to Nissan, the 2.5-liter four will manage 27/39/31 mpg and the 3.5-liter V-6 will manage 22/32/26 mpg.

(UPDATE: Pricing for the Altima will start at $22,500, per Nissan. According to a source, the car is scheduled to go on sale around mid-November.)

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41 Comments on “EXCLUSIVE: Nissan’s New Altima Features Updated Face, Starting at $22,500...”


  • avatar
    Demetri

    It looks like the old one because it’s just a midcycle model change. Interior still looks identical to the the 2015.

  • avatar
    PRNDLOL

    I feel nothing. The style job looks 2011 Infiniti overwrought, and the dash looks lobotomized.

    To the gallows!

  • avatar

    Nissan’s interiors are painfully dull compared to Hyundai’s.
    Yeah it’s an improvement from the rental-grade plastic/foam interiors, of the previous models. But it still is “rental-grade”.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      I rented a 2014 Sonata GLS this summer and was not impressed in regards to interior quality. I appreciated them stepping away from that melted/waterfall center stack to a much simpler design, but the quality just wasn’t there IMO. Add in a loose feeling ignition key and that awful start-up chime, and it felt kind of tacky and “made in China” to put it simply. Having said that, the car aside from that drove well and was very roomy and comfortable.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    I rented one last year. Horrible powertrain. Unimpressive reliability. Altima used to be sporty and now it is worse than Camry.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    Nissan’s cvt’s are among the worst dynamically.

    I understand that Nissan sells on price, but the price always seems too high for the lows you have to endure.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      In some places the Altima outsells the Camry. It got so bad that at least two Toyota dealers in New Mexico were selling Camry LE for <$20K, competing head-to-head with Altima.

      I don't know who won. I don't buy or drive sedans.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    This has nothing to do with the EPA or VW. No one cares Nissan!!!! I can barely tell the difference between the Altima, Sentra, and Versa anyway. Derpy, Derpier, and Derpiest. They are still better than the Maxima though.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I thought Nissan was a division of Volkswagen, I mean why else would it be an article?

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        I don’t even think it should be an article on a non-hilarious VW scandal day. Look at that car. Boring. Just like the last Altima. Just like the next Altima. The I4 will be terrible, the V6 will sound like a paint mixer full of rocks, the CVT will junk it early, and I will hope that I get a Taurus or Impala instead of this turd next time I am at the rental counter at Tampa International Airport.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Different face, same God awful CVT.

  • avatar
    daniel g.

    Take off 2 doors, put RWD and called Silvia. Price $25.000.
    The only way to care us.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    One of these days they’ll figure out that the Maxima won’t sell until they stop putting a V6 in the Altima.

    That front 3/4 shot was really nice, but when I saw the side profile I felt the bile rising.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    And Nissan continues with the weird options packaging. Just like on the Maxima, you apparently can’t get the uprated suspension and a sunroof on the same car. Baffling.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Pass on the firmer suspension.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    To me it looks pretty much exactly the same.

    How does this work on a CVT? — “Both are paired to a continuously variable transmission with “7-step manumatic” paddle shift.” What exactly are you shifting with the paddles?

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      Pressing a paddle will make the transmission jerk, thus providing the feel of a real shift.

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      When you use the paddle shifter, it pretends it’s an automatic, and shifts like one.

      In other words, the paddles force the CVT to be inefficient so you can sort of feel like you’re shifting an automatic.

      Utterly pointless, I think.

      (I can imagine a few potential reasons to want to force a lower ratio, such as going down long, steep hills, but you don’t really need paddles for that…)

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        It doesn’t even feel like a conventional automatic. It feels like a CVT doing dumb things.

        People just need to get used to CVTs. They work well in all non-sporty applications, but people complain about them because they expect to hear shifts and changing engine speed based on their past experience.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          If implemented right, the CVT will feel like a nice linear power application without upshifts.

          (At least that was my impression with an early 2013 Accord Sport tester. The CR-V’s CVT is a little more CVT-esque, but it’s not terrible, by any means.)

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    “The Altima also adds a sporty SR trim, which can have both four- and six-cylinder engines…”

    You’d think that would hurt mileage.

    *dryyyyy humor department*

  • avatar
    make_light

    Don’t love the new Nissan face, but it looks better here than on the Maxima. The update also apparently includes extensive sound deadening, rigidity, and steering upgrades, which might make it pretty impressive overall. But with all those improvements, why bother paying more for an uglier Maxima?

  • avatar
    philadlj

    The 4-Door Snores Car.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Same engine choices as in 2002, or earlier. But I like that blue color.

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      Me too. I ought to get a cheap paint job on mine just to make it feel different. It’s currently this half-gray / half-silver color that doesn’t turn me on. Been a reliable car though.

  • avatar
    Joss

    +1.

  • avatar
    Chan

    If I am buying a Nissan, I do not want a pizza-sized logo on the front.

    That front clip is just stylists trying too hard to add as many creases and angles as possible, to hide the visual bulk.

    I don’t have an issue with CVTs–as long as they are durable, why should anyone care how they sound? These cars are built to be quiet anyway. Leave the nice sound and engine revving to the sports cars.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    That picture of the front clip almost looks like a chop of some sort!

    At least they didn’t beat it with the same ugly stick as the Maxima! Be interesting to see what they do for the next generation of this piece!

  • avatar
    Hummer

    What the hell is wrong with that seat bolster? Was the center console really more important than giving the human beings inside the car a whole seat?

  • avatar

    I’ve felt that for the past few years Nissan’s sedan lineup to be way too similar – and in case of the Altimaxima a huge cannibalistic problem. Personally, I’ve felt that the Maxima doesn’t separate itself enough from the Altima in terms of styling – the Altima is a visually stunning car now, providing solid performance in the upper trims. Although I haven’t looked, I suspect that unless you’re an actual Maxima connoisseur, most folks seemed to opt for the Altima, and I see lots of V6 trims around.

    Maxima, Altima and Sentra all shared the same grille and hood creases, making them look mostly the same in your rear view mirror. Which, for the Maxima owner is sort of sadface.

    Other manufacturers suffer from the same problem in different ways – toyota’s new Avalon looks a lot like the Lexus counterpart etc. (but imho does a good job separating itself from the Camry and an even better job between it and the econobox Corolla).

    Sorry for the meandering post, I just sort of don’t get it. Totally open to some gearhead schooling me on the importance of having three very visually similar vehicles and two of them so close they can be mistaken for each other.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    In two minds about this…

    Ok for a Nissan its not too bad looking, they went conservative here. There’s nothing to objectionable with how it looks.

    The interior? lol, the base model has everything i’d expect from $22k although the blue stitching looks nice. Otherwise its so pedestrian and low rent its depressing. You know that feeling when you cant wait to give that rental car back? This is it.

    I cant imagine these articles do anything but rile up people’s boredom outrage.

    /Tips fedora

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    People I know (more than a couple) love their late model Altimas and I have yet to hear a complaint about the apparently-so-horrible CVT. They are chock full of options and for many that buy on price, it checks all the boxes. CVT is like anything else, you get used to it- like we got used to plastic bumpers, humongous center consoles and the disappearance of side/rear visibility.

    • 0 avatar
      Ltd1983

      Yep, it’s a lot of internet fanbois trying to out “gearhead” each other who hate on the CVT’s. I know, I used to be one. Then I test drove the current Altima and Accord, they make traditional automatics feel ancient. And yes, I bought an Altima. As big inside as my old Lincoln, almost 40 mpgs, quiet, comfortable, and only $23k.

      A lot of these commenters will be shocked when they’re not in school anymore, when just having a car start 100% of the time, and be comfortable and economical are your main priorities, it will happen. You grow up, realize your car doesn’t define you, and buy what works best.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Nobody noticed the photo flaw eh? In the picture of the light interior with light wood, there are SIX switches on the passenger side door. They must have just mirrored the image before an actual car was ready. In the pictures of the dark interior, the passenger door has a single switch.

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