Though the Nissan Altima is already the second best-selling midsize sedan so far this year (behind the Toyota Camry), the competitive nature of this segment means that Nissan can’t afford to rest on its laurels.
As such, the company is rolling out a refreshed 2016 Nissan Altima that gets a new Maxima-inspired exterior design, slightly improved highway fuel economy, a new sport-oriented SR trim, and newly available active safety features.
Generally the Altima stays mostly the same under the skin. But the 2016 Nissan Altima does look quite different from the outgoing 2013-2015 model, as it gains Nissan’s V-motion front grille and angular headlights with boomerang-shaped LED accents up front, and a new rear fascia with wider taillights out back. If you squint a bit, the look is remarkably similar to the 2016 Nissan Maxima, if a bit less swoopy and daring—the Altima’s high sales numbers mean that Nissan can’t get too crazy with this family sedan’s appearance.
Updates to the 2016 Nissan Altima’s interior are less noticeable than the exterior tweaks, and consist of a revised center stack and center console. A few more active safety features are available, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and emergency braking, while the previously offered blind-spot warning system transitions to a radar-based system and is standard on SV and SL trim levels.