The Nissan Altima was originally sold in the U.S. in 1992, and in 2001, it made the transition from compact to mid-size sedan. Considered one of the top entries in its segment, the Altima offers easy driving characteristics, a comfortable cabin, exciting performance, and high value. These assets have propelled the Altima to the top of Nissan’s sales charts, but throughout its five generations, it’s lagged behind similar products from Toyota and Honda. Nissan hopes to change that for the 2016 model year, giving the Altima “one of the most extensive mid-cycle product makeovers in Nissan history,” according to North America chairman José Muñoz. The changes are indeed quite dramatic, including a redesigned exterior and cabin, class-leading fuel efficiency, active safety technology, updated suspension, and the introduction of a sportier SR trim level. But is it enough to nose ahead of the competition?