Review Of Nissan Altima SV - Now you might notice there’s something new. It’s the nose. Yeah, that new face isn’t just for looks. It actually brings the coefficient of drag down to .26. Which means, this midsize sedan gets up to 39 miles to the gallon. That excellent economy can also be traced back to the drivetrain. This 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine puts out 182 horsepower and 180 pound feet of torque, through an advanced, constantly variable transmission. In addition to 39 mpgs on the highway, the EPA also rates it at 27 miles to the gallon around town. Which is quite excellent. Seating in the second row is spacious, with plenty of leg room and a surprisingly comfortable seat. Vents are an added bonus. The trunk is deep and can easily accommodate all the stuff a growing family needs. Be it golf clubs or groceries. Even though the SV is a mid-range version of the Altima, it comes with standard with some great features. Such as NASA developed zero gravity seat materials which are amazing. It also comes standard with blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, as well as a backup camera.
The standard SV comes with a 5-inch display, but our test car was upgraded with the 7-inch NissanConnect system. This provides touchscreen navigation as well as support for the latest apps and satellite radio. Mobile devices can be connected through Bluetooth or USB interfaces. The car you see here was also upgraded with the $1,350 convenience package. This adds LED turn signals, a power moon roof, and some other niceties. As you see it here, this 2016 Nissan Altima SV is $28,425 including destination.
Now, let’s see how it all comes together on the open road. A hallmark of the Nissan Altima has always been its smooth ride. So you’ll be happy to hear that for 2016 it continues to provide one of the smoothest rides available in a non-luxury brand. Nissan claims this is due to their use of special shocks not normally found in this class of car. But smooth doesn’t mean it’s just a straight line car. Quite the contrary. Body roll is very well controlled, and to reduce understeer, so common on front-wheel drive cars, the Altima employs what they call the Active Understeer System. In short, this puts a small amount of braking pressure on the inside wheel to assist in rotating the vehicle. It’s a seamless use of technology that really elevates the Altima’s handling.
Since the Altima uses a constantly variable transmission, shifting is absent. Revs sit right where they will best maximize economy of the 182 horsepower 4-cylinder engine. That’s how it scores 39 miles to the gallon on the freeway, without the need of a fancy hybrid system. For more adventurous drivers, a 270-horsepower V6 is also available. Perhaps the most critical complaint about Altima’s of the past was that their styling was bland to the point of being anonymous. They simply looked generic. Now with an extra dash of styling borrowed from the aggressive Maxima, the 2016 Altima is finally a car that not only feels good, it looks good too. Thanks for read Review Of Nissan Altima SV.