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NISSAN ALTIMA: WHAT IS NEW FOR 2016?

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Though the powertrain stays as is, Nissan has revamped the exterior of its bestseller with a fresh hood, fenders, bumper and trunk, while lowering the front fascia with its distinct V-shaped, black-painted and chrome-surround grille. Step back and you will find a new fascia, bumper, chrome dual exhaust and door handles, and wider, four-piece tail lamps like a boomerang.
The fifth-generation car is equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-4 cylinder engine (and a variable intake) developing 182 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 180 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. If you want more power, go for the 3.5-liter V-6 with 270 hp. But about 90 percent of all Altima sales are of the 4-cylinder power train. The standard Continuously Variable Transmission contributes to better fuel economy. Tweaked is the independent strut front and multilink rear suspension for more fun handling and balance. Noticeably lowered are noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. 
Interior changes include a new center stack and console with the 5.0-touchscreen. Standard amenities on our SL model included dual-zone auto climate control, eight-way power driver seat, 60/40 split fold rear seat, 9-speaker Bose audio system, leather seats, rearview monitor, rear a/c vents and push-button start. The 4-inch Advanced Drive-Assist, located between tachometer and speedometer, displays text, navigation and audio information in view of the driver.
Available in base, S, SR, SV and SL trims, the agile Altima touts a lively performance, laudable gas mileage (27 city, 39 highway) and a thought-out cabin. Indeed, this is a great everyday ride for the money.

ALTIMA 2.5 (SL)
Tires: 215/55/R17
Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 191.9 inches
Steering: electronic hydraulic power-assist
Weight: 3,254 pounds
Fuel capacity: 18 gallons
Base price: $28,570
Web site: www.nissan.com

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