Redesigned for the 2013 model year, but built on the same Nissan D platform, the fifth-generation 2014-2015 Nissan Altima marked the beginning of a successful era for the Japanese automaker in North America’s crowded midsize segment. After lagging far behind both the 2015 Toyota Camry and the 2014 Honda Accord, the Altima a started to gain on its rivals, eventually outselling both of them in the final month of 2014. The fifth-gen car was well received, being praised for its smooth and quiet ride, comfortable seats, well-crafted interior and for being quite entertaining on twisty roads. Its strong fuel economy, a particularly important feat in this segment, also helped it gain a massive amount of followers. As we move into the 2016 model year, Nissan has rolled out a substantial refresh for the fifth-generation Altima.

Although facelifts rarely feature significant changes in terms of design, the 2016 Altima is an exception to the rule. It may have something to do with the extensive update the Toyota Camry received for 2015, but it’s also part of Nissan’s strategy to give its entire lineup a new look. In this case, the Altima borrows heavily from the new 2016 Nissan Maxima, which is based on the stunning 2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

In many ways, Nissan kept its promise to do "something significant" for the Altima for the mid-cycle update. Let’s see what this new sedan is all about.

Update 09/19/2016 Nissan has announced pricing for 2017 Nissan Altima. It continues to start out at $22,500 for the entry-level Altima 2.5 for 2017, but pricing for the Altima 3.5 models has increased slightly over last year. Check out the Prices section below for details.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Altima.

  • 2016 - 2017 Nissan Altima
  • Year:
    2016- 2017
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    182 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    180 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    22500
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Exterior

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Although the overall shape and size of the Altima remained relatively unchanged, the front end is worthy of a redesign, as everything but the engine hood has been reshaped.

The previous grille has been replaced by a V-shaped unit that bears a closer resemblance to the Maxima's, while the headlamps are longer and slimmer.

The previous grille has been replaced by a V-shaped unit that bears a closer resemblance to the Maxima’s, while the headlamps are longer and slimmer. Down below, there’s a muscular bumper with revised foglamps and a center section that mimics the grille’s V-shaped design.

Around back, changes are more subtle, but worthy of a mid-cycle update. The taillights sport new graphics and extend into the trunk lid, which received revised chrome trim and a new spoiler. The rear bumper looks crisper thanks to a couple of new creases below the taillights and above the exhaust pipes.

The car’s profile remained unchanged, but that’s not a bad thing, as the fifth-gen Altima features a nicely sculpted beltline and a somewhat sporty roofline.

The revised appearance also makes the Altima a lot more aerodynamic, as Nissan managed to drop the sedan’s drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.26 Cd. The new active grille shutter and the revised underfloor cover are responsible for six of the ten percent improvement.

Other novelties include 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels sporting a machined finish and a new Deep Blue Pearl exterior.

For 2016, the Altima also gained an SR version, which features smoked headlamps, different foglamps, new wheels, and black window trim.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 109.3 Inches
Overall length 191.9 Inches
Overall width 72.0 Inches
Overall height 57.8 Inches
Track width front/rear 62.4/62.4 Inches

Interior

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There are very few things customers have complained about in regards to the Altima’s interior, but there’s always room for improvement in a crowded segment such as this. And Nissan added plenty of new features, including a redesigned center stack, new cup holders in the center console, and a refined steering wheel. The Zero Gravity seats, which remain standard, have been updated and received softer materials.

More extra goodies are available with the SR trim, which adds blue accents on the steering wheel, door panels, and seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped gear shifter.

The sedan continues to offer either a five- or seven-inch display for the NissanConnect SM with Mobile Apps and available NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.

Interior Dimensions

Front Back
Head room (w/o moonroof) 40.0 37.1
Head room (with moonroof) 39.1 37.1
Leg room 45.0 36.1
Hip room 54.0 52.1
Shoulder room 56.4 56.4

Drivetrain

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The Altima’s engines remained unchanged for 2016, meaning you’ll be able to select between the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6. As a reminder, the four-banger cranks out 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the V-6 generates 270 horses and 251 pound-feet of twist. Both units mate to an Xtronic CVT transmission that has new shift logic that creates a more responsive acceleration feel. However, this doesn’t improve the sedan’s performance.

A slight improvement is expected in the fuel economy department. Due to the new active grille shutters and a higher compression ratio, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder will return 39 mpg on the highway, up from the current car’s 38-mpg rating.

The new SR model can be had with either engine option.

Drivetrain Specifications

Altima 2.5 SR Altima 3.5 SR
Type 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder 3.5-liter DOHVCV6
Output 182 HP @ 6,000 RPM 270 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 180 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 251 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
Transmission Xtronic 7-step "manumatic" transmission with specially tuned Gen 3 D-step logic Xtronic 7-step "manumatic" transmission with specially tuned Gen 3 D-step logic Paddle shifters Paddle shifters

Safety

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Safety features are carried over from the previous model, meaning the 2016 Altima employs front and rear head airbags, dual front, side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, and various driving aids. Highlights include Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Tire Pressure Monitoring, Smart Auto Headlights, and RearView Monitor.

For 2015, the Altima received a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Prices

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For the 2017 model year, the pricing of most trim levels carry on unchanged. The entry-level Altima 2.5 starts out at $22,500 while the 2.5 S comes in at $22,900, the 2.5 SR at $24,470, the 2.5 SV at $25,460, and the 2.5 SL at $28,570. The Altima 3.5 SR now commands $27,990 while the 2.5 SL commands $32,690. Both 3.5 models see a price increase of $600 for 2017.

2017 Nissan Altima Prices

Model Price
Altima 2.5 $22,500 USD
Altima 2.5 S $22,900 USD
Altima 2.5 SR $24,470 USD
Altima 2.5 SV $25,460 USD
Altima 2.5 SL $28,570 USD
Altima 3.5 SR $27,990 USD
Altima 3.5 SL $32,690 USD

2016 Nissan Altima Prices

Model Price
Altima 2.5 $22,500 USD
Altima 2.5 S $22,900 USD
Altima 2.5 SR $24,470 USD
Altima 2.5 SV $25,460 USD
Altima 2.5 SL $28,570 USD
Altima 3.5 SR $27,390 USD
Altima 3.5 SL $32,090 USD

Competition

2015 Toyota Camry

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With 428,606 units sold in 2014, the Toyota Camry is the indisputable leader of the midsize segment and with a redesigned model already in showrooms for the 2015 model year, the Japanese sedan is off to rule this side of the automotive realm for a few more years. Although the Camry remained pretty much identical underneath, the visual side of the update was rather extensive, with the body being reshaped front to rear.

The interior is also new, featuring more upscale materials, better fit and finish and bits and pieces borrowed from the 2014 Toyota Highlander SUV. Engine-wise, the sedan is motivated by the same 2.5-liter four-pot and 3.5-liter V-6. The entry-level unit delivers 178 ponies and 170 pound-feet, while the trusty V-6 cranks out a heftier 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of twist. Naturally, the four-banger fares better in the fuel economy department with up to 35 mpg on the highway, while the V-6 returns 31 mpg. Not bad, but still significantly lower than the Altima’s 38 mpg highway rating. Pricing for the 2015 Camry starts from $22,970.

You can read our full review here.

2016 Honda Accord

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Although it didn’t break the 400,000-unit mark in 2014, the Honda Accord ended the year with 388,374 examples delivered, nearly 16-percent more compared with the Altima. The Accord has been a popular choice among customers in the midsize segment for a decade now, and although the Japanese automaker made no enhancements for the 2015 model year, it brought a redesign model to the market for 2016.

The new styling is much more angular and aggressive, while the interior, although not a massive improvement over the previous unit, features loads of new tech. Power comes from the traditional 2.4-liter inline-four and 3.5-liter V-6, rated at 185 and 278 horsepower, respectively. The 2016 Accord retails from $22,105.

You can read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Things are looking rather good for the Altima following last year’s sales success, which saw deliveries jump by five percent to 335,644 units, and Nissan is obviously looking to build on the momentum with a significant facelift. Sportier than ever by design and with a new SR trim on offer, the Nissan Altima has a great shot at climbing above the Honda Accord in the U.S. Granted, it’s not as spectacular as the Maxima, but it’s fresh enough to give its rivals a run for their money.

  • Leave it
    • * No engine upgrades
    • * Tough competition from Toyota and Honda

Update History

Updated 10/27/2015: Nissan announced prices for the 2016 Altima which will be put on sale on November 11. Prices will start from $22,500 for the 2.5 version and will go up to $32,090 for the 3.5 SL version.

Updated 10/26/2015: The redesigned 2016 Altima went into production at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee assembly plant, where the company is also producing its Rogue crossover. The 2016 Altima will be put on sale in November.

Updated 09/22/2015: Nissan dropped the official details for the 2016 Altima - a model that adds a new exterior look and a new, SR trim.

Press Release

When Nissan rolled out a series of futuristic auto show concept vehicles a few years ago, few people believed that the boldly styled designs would ever see the light of a Nissan showroom. Yet against the odds they started coming.

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First, there was the Nissan Resonance Concept, a wild mid-size crossover concept that evolved into the 2015 Murano. Then Nissan Sport Sedan Concept strongly influenced the radical new 2016 Nissan Maxima. And, the new Nissan design language is making its way into more and more vehicles – including Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the United States, the Nissan Altima.

For the new 2016 Altima the design team adopted key aspects of both the exterior and interior styling themes to give the popular mid-size sedan a fresh new appearance, including the "Energetic Flow" exterior styling theme and "Gliding Wing" interior layout.

The front end of the 2016 Altima offers the most dramatic change, since all panels and pieces forward of the A-pillars are new – fascia, bumper, fenders, hood and lights. Two key elements are the redesigned V-Motion grille and boomerang-shape headlights, similar to those found on the Murano and Maxima. The look is dramatically different from the 2015 Altima design, with a wide, deeply sculpted lower bumper, integrated fog lights (SR, SV and SL models) and prominent chrome-trimmed grille.

The reshaped headlight units incorporate halogen high beam and projector low beam lights. LED projector low beam lights and LED signature Daytime Running Lights that sweep into the wide raised hood are standard on Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL grades (late availability) and available on 2.5 SR and 2.5 SL. Altima SR adds smoked headlight bezels.

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The rear of the new Altima is marked by a new sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent, a new trunk lid – with integrated rear spoiler on Altima SR models – and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights that help provide a more expressive, higher quality appearance when approaching the vehicle from behind. The four-piece combination lights incorporate the tail- and stop lights, turn lamps and backup lights.

Along with the revised appearance, the new Altima also offers a 10 percent improvement in coefficient of drag – to 0.26 Cd from the previous 0.29 Cd*. The changes come from the addition of an active grille shutter (three percent gain), underfloor aero cover additions (three percent) and the new front and rear fascia and windshield designs (four percent).

The already extensive Altima color palette adds a new Deep Blue Pearl color for 2016, along with Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Pearl White, Glacier White and Storm Blue.

Finishing off the new exterior appearance are dramatic new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheel designs.

The 2016 Altima’s refined interior design follows the new "Gliding Wing" design language, shared with Murano and also the new Rogue. Central to the new look is the revised C-stack with available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays for the NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and available NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.

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In addition, the standard Zero Gravity front seats have been reshaped and the woven cloth seating and door panel materials feature a more open weave pattern, providing a premium look and feel throughout the Altima interior. The steering wheel has also been refined for 2016. The twin cupholders on the center console now accommodate mug handles in response to customer input.

The new Altima SR grade includes blue sport interior accents on the steering wheel, door panels and seats – to contrast the Charcoal interior color. The SR also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters, and leather-wrapped gear shifter.

"As the best-selling vehicle in the Nissan lineup, it’s important that Altima exemplifies ’Nissan-ness’ inside and out," said Executive Design Director Mamoru Aoki. "With its fresh new look, aggressive SR model and strong connection to our all-new Murano and Maxima, the new Altima continues to stand out in a very competitive marketplace."

2016 Nissan Altima SR adds performance and style

With the addition of the new SR model to the 2016 Altima line-up, Nissan is taking dead aim at one of the fastest growing areas of the mid-size sedan segment – sport variants. Among some competitors, the so-called "sport" grades account for nearly 40 percent of total sales. Altima already is one of the sportiest designs in the segment, however the company is taking a more Nissan-like approach, adding a level of true enhanced performance to go with the requisite larger wheels and spoiler.

Better yet, in order to keep the new Altima SR affordable for younger buyers who might be moving into the mid-size sedan segment for the first time, the new SR grade is based on the Altima S, rather than the higher grade Altima SV or Altima SL.

"Anyone can dress up a sedan with custom wheels and a body kit, but that’s not in keeping with Nissan’s longstanding performance heritage," said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "Altima SR features a 12.5 percent increase in cornering performance, and we’re making SR available with our refined 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and our higher-powered 3.5-liter V6. It’s like having your espresso shot in a choice of Grande or Venti®."

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