2016 Nissan Altima

MSRP $22,500 - $32,690

Ranked #5 in Sedan

8.4

Overall Rating

2016 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Nissan Altima has always been a sensible choice in the segment for the value that it offers. The 2016 Nissan Altima has gone through some changes in the fifth generation of the Altima launched in 2012. The first change that you notice is the front and rear fascia which now looks more like the Nissan Maxima or the Nissan Murano. The changes to the exterior are most evident, and the 2016 Nissan Altima matches well with the other offerings in the Nissan lineup.

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Pros

Impressive performance and acceleration

Impressive fuel economy 

Good balance between ride and handling

Cons

Interior materials quality feels poor

Evident cabin noise

Infotainment system feels inferior to the competition

What's New?

Changes in exterior and interior styling

Revised standard safety features

Introduction of all-new SR trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

191.9 in.

width

72 in.

height

57.8 in.

curb weight

3197 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1116 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

172 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/39 mpg

highway range

444.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.5 Base$22,500 onwards

2.5 S$22,900 onwards

2.5 SR$24,470 onwards

2.5 SV$25,460 onwards

3.5 SR$27,390 onwards

2.5 SL$28,570 onwards

3.5 SL$32,090 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.2

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2016 Nissan Altima is available at an MSRP of $22,300 and is available in two different engine options. The base engine on offer is a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, and there is an optional more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine with SR and SL trim. The standard safety features are also very generous for the segment. The 2016 Nissan Altima competes against the likes of the 2016 Toyota Camry and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata.


8.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety


2016 Nissan Altima Features

8.5/10

The 2016 Nissan Altima comes in five different trim options and has a good list of standard features even on the base trim. A completely new SR trim is added to the lineup that stands in the middle, and it also features an optional more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. The top SL trim is fully loaded and comes with various standard safety tech and driver assistance features. Some basic features like heated front seats and heated steering wheel are optional in the lower trims and only comes standard in the top SL trim.

Trim

Base

S

SR

SV

SL

MSRP(2.5) 

$23,325

$23,725

$25,295

$26,285

$29,395

MSRP(3.5)

N/A

N/A

$28,215

N/A

$32,915

Key Features

Keyless ignition

Addition to the Base trim:

Addition to the S trim:

Addition to the SR trim:

Addition to the SL trim:

 

Auto on/off headlights

Power-adjustable mirrors

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Intermittent Wipers

Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

 

Passenger Vanity Mirror

Cruise control

18” alloy wheels

Dual-zone climate control

Heated Steering Wheel (Standard)

 

Central-locking

Back-up camera

Fog lamps

Heated Front Seats (Optional)

Electrochromic rearview mirror

 

Remote trunk release

Remote engine start

Paddle shifters

Heated Steering Wheel (Optional)

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System (Optional)

 

Anti-theft Alarm

Adjustments for steering wheel

Rear spoiler

Universal Garage Door Opener (Optional)

3.5-liter V6 engine (Available)

We recommend

The 2016 Nissan Altima offers a good package at an affordable price point. We recommend going for the SR trim as it offers the best value for the money. The suspension is also tuned in a more sporty way for better handling. The SR trim is also available with both engine options, so you can go with any of the engine options based on your budget and requirements. You can go with an optional heated steering wheel and heated front seats for better comfort.

2016 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

8.3/10

The 2016 Nissan Altima is powered by a standard 2.5-liter inline-4 engine. The engine produces a peak power of 182 horsepower and a peak torque of 180 lb-ft of torque. The power figures are competitive to the other cars in the segment. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission which handles the power very well. The CVT manages the rubber band effect very well, and it is well contained to deliver impressive performance. You also have an option to go for a more powerful V6 engine if you want more power.

Models

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$22,500

$23,070

$21,750

Engine

2.5L I-4

2.5L I-4

2.4L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

Power

182hp

178hp

185hp

Torque

180lb-ft

170lb-ft

178lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

8.0

8.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.1

16.2

15.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

112

N/A

The 2016 Nissan Altima outperforms the other two sedans in the competition when it comes to acceleration. It takes 7.7 seconds to complete 0 to 60 mph, while the quarter-mile run takes 15.1 seconds. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is slightly more powerful but stays behind in the acceleration figures as it takes 8 seconds to complete 0 to 60 mph, which is similar to the 2016 Toyota Camry. However, Hyundai Sonata leaves the Camry behind in the quarter-mile run with a slight margin.

2016 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

You expect either good performance or better mpg from an engine. The acceleration on the 2016 Nissan Altima clearly states that it offers good performance, but it also manages to deliver some of the best fuel economy figures for the segment. It manages to deliver 27 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and an impressive 31 mpg of combined fuel economy. The 2016 Altima also comes with a bigger 18.0 gallons fuel tank which translates to a mind-boggling range of 702 miles on the highway. 

Models

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

27

25

25

MPG (Highway)

39

35

38

MPG (Combined)

31

28

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

17.0

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

486/702/558

425/595/476

463/703/555

The 2016 Nissan Altima comes with the gem of an engine when it comes to fuel economy figures. It delivers the best acceleration and best fuel economy compared to the other two sedans in the segment. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is not far behind in the fuel economy figures, and it also comes with a slightly bigger 18.5 gallons fuel tank. The 2016 Toyota Camry is the least fuel-efficient of the lot and also comes with the smallest tank.

2016 Nissan Altima Interior

8.6/10

The 2016 Nissan Altima comes with a spacious cabin in the front. The room in the front is on a premium, and there is good space between the driver and passenger seat. The controls for the cabin are also very easy to use and fall well within the reach of the driver. The material used inside the cabin does not feel premium at all, and the use of hard plastics is clearly evident. The space in the rear seat feels a bit cramped for the segment, and it is more comfortable for two passengers only.

The legroom for the rear seats at 36.1 inches falls short of the competition. The shoulder room is also compromised in the second row. However, the trunk space is not compromised at all, and it offers a respectable 15.4 cubic feet of trunk capacity. Overall the cabin feels good, but it only lacks in the quality of the material.

Models

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Hyundai Sonata

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.0/56.4/45.0

38.8/58.0/41.6

40.4/57.9/45.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/56.4/36.1

38.1/56.6/38.9

38.0/56.5/35.6

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.4

15.4

16.3

The Toyota Camry offers the best space in the cabin. The Nissan Altima is not far behind the Camry in the space for the front row but lacks significantly in the rear seat space. The Toyota Camry offers 40.0/56.4/45.0 inches of headroom/shoulder room/legroom, respectively for the front rows, while the 2016 Nissan Altima offers 40.0/56.4/45.0 inches of headroom/shoulder room/legroom, respectively. The Altima can easily accommodate four passengers without any issue, but it becomes a bit tight for five passengers. Standout interior features of the 2016 Nissan Altima include:

  • Electric Power Steering
  • Overhead Console With Storage
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather Steering Wheel

How intuitive is the 2016 Nissan Altima’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 Nissan Altima features a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment screen feels responsive and intuitive to touch response. However, the graphics may be better and the competition offers a better infotainment experience. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay for seamless connectivity. The infotainment also supports Pandora streaming and AM/FM Stereo. The audio is managed by a 6-speaker audio system for a better music experience. Standout infotainment features of the 2016 Nissan Altima include:

  • 5-inch touchscreen display
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Pandora streaming
  • 6-speaker audio system 

2016 Nissan Altima Exterior

8.5/10

The 2016 Nissan Altima has gone through some exterior style changes to look more like the other cars like the Nissan Maxima and Murano from the Nissan’s lineup. The overall appearance remains the same as the previous year’s model. The evident changes are in the front and rear fascia of the 2016 Altima. It gets an all-new chrome-cladded V-Motion grille which looks very subtle from the front. The overall exterior styling is also very subtle and it does not look overdone from the outside.

The 2016 Nissan Altima is a long and wide car with a length of 191.9 inches and the width measures 72 inches. The length and width all are on par with the competition, and the overall dimensions are neither too long nor too short. The wheelbase is also on par with the rivals at 109.3 inches. The sedan weighs 3,197 lbs, which is the least in the competition.

Models

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lb)

3197

3300

3252

Length (inches)

191.9

190.9

191.1

Width (inches)

72.0

71.7

73.4

Height (inches)

57.8

57.9

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

109.3

109.3

110.4

The 2016 Nissan Altima is the longest car in the comparison, whereas the 2016 Toyota Camry is the shortest sedan. Still, the wheelbase remains the same for both these vehicles. However, the Toyota Camry manages the space well and provides better interior space than the Altima. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata has the longest wheelbase compared to its rivals, and it is also the widest sedan in the comparison. Standout exterior features include:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Smoked-out lights (SR trim)
  • Matches well with other Nissan cars

2016 Nissan Altima Safety

9.2/10

The 2016 Nissan Altima offers a pretty good list of standard safety tech and driver assistance features. The safety of the Nissan Altima is also proven by its crash test ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a safety rating of 5 out of 5 stars and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it their Top Safety Pick+ award. The build quality of the car doesn’t disappoint at all, and the active safety features offered as standard also make it a great pick for safety. Safety features of the 2016 Nissan Altima include:

  • Ventilated Front Disc
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Hill control assists

2016 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

The 2016 Nissan Altima remains a sensible choice in the segment for the value it offers at an affordable price. It impresses with the performance, and the fuel economy is also one of the best in the segment. The handling is also not an issue, and the stiff suspension is not too uncomfortable for daily driving. The option for a bigger 3.5-liter V6 engine is also available for those who want extra performance. The 2016 Nissan Altima is one of the better sedans in the segment that you can consider for all these reasons.

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