Nissan Altima Review

List of Pros

  • Driving dynamics and steerability.
  • Low fuel consumption. 
  • Spacious interior.

List of Cons

  • Low ground clearance. 
  • Plastic interior elements look cheap. 
  • You need to pay extra for a climate control unit. 

Nissan Altima Overview

Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima used to be a compact sedan with ever-increasing performance. With time, it turned into an average-sized family car with good design and steerability. This model is known for fuel economy and interior comfort. It is one of the best-selling vehicles in its class.


The 2016 model has received a new design that successfully balances between conservative and sports style. New headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights, rear spoiler, and aluminum rims in an SR package highlight a sports-oriented look. Noticeable changes take on a V-shaped radiator grille, converted air vents, and new LED optics. 

The roof doesn’t bulge, making the body shape even and smooth. 16-inch wheels come as standard, while 17- and 18-inch wheels can be ordered separately. New branded tires on all models complement the image. It seems like we are looking at a brand new Nissan Maxima instead of Altima. 


Interior of the Nissan Altima

The interior is discreet. Inside, you immediately pay attention to the beautiful forms of a dashboard – it is too symmetrical! All buttons and levers are easy to reach and use. There are a capacious glove box and convenient central compartments with cupholders.

The well-designed interior is emphasized by soft-touch plastic that stands out among all other details. Door handles are made of hard and rough plastic. You’ll also like contrasting blue stitching on the seats and a steering wheel that refresh the black interior and make it more interesting.

Technology & performance

Nissan Altima 2016 offers two engine types. The basic 4-cylinder 2.-5-liter unit and 182 hp works with a variable gearbox. Fuel consumption is around 8.71 liters per 100 km in a city and 6.03 liters per 100 km on a highway. The most expensive trim is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 270 hp. It also uses a variable transmission. This option is less economical: get ready to spend around 10.69 liters per 100 km in a city, 7.35 liters per 100 km on a highway, and 9.05 liters per 100 km in a combined mode. Nissan Altima 2016 received new Sachs shock absorbers, rear springs, and bushings that ensure dynamic control. The active braking system provides good maneuverability. 


Nissan Altima uses the same wheelbase (276.86 cm) and has the same body length (485.14 cm). It is quite enough for five passenger seats, particularly, thanks to the clever placement of interior details. The basic trim offers six different positions for a driver’s seat and four for a passenger seat. You can order seat cooling/heating and electric drive for an extra price.

Climate Control System

Surprisingly, a climate control unit doesn’t come by default in the 2016 Nissan Altima. If you want to get one, you’ll need to specify it when buying a new car. If you are looking at a used one, ask an owner about it. 

Infotainment System

Nissan Altima 2016 owners get audio and communication via Bluetooth, broadcasting of audio and SMS messages, a CD player, various connectors, and a 5-inch color audio display. Moreover, you can opt for extra features, like radio Pandora and Google Maps support. All trims have the Siri Eyes Free system for Apple devices. More expensive trims come with a 7-inch touch screen with a built-in navigation system and real-time traffic display. 

Exterior of the Nissan Altima

Storage and Space

The 2016 Nissan Altima will offer 436 liters in the luggage compartment. The backseats can be folded to increase the cargo space. However, we were a little disappointed with some substandard little details in this area.


Comfort is the priority of the Nissan Altima 2016 sedan. Both drivers and passengers can fully appreciate this attitude when they get inside the car.

Seat comfort

The interior looks spacious. There are five seats, but four adult passengers will feel more comfortable inside. The front seats are perfectly suitable for tall people. Speaking in numbers, you get 114,3 cm of legroom and 101,6 cm of headroom. The dashboard slightly cuts the knee space on the front but it isn’t a problem. Tall passengers in the back, however, may feel the lack of legroom under the front seats but they are quite comfortable as well. 

According to Nissan, the seats for this new Altima were created based on NASA’s “Zero Gravity” seat concept. And actually, these seats are as comfortable on long and short trips as the company promises them to be. 

Ride comfort

Recent generations of Nissan Altima are similar to sports cars with adapted steering. It is one of the rare models that can provide such a driving style. And thanks to the latest innovations, the sedan resembles a premium car with soft responsive handling. 

Nissan Altima 2016 uses electro-hydraulic steering with new software designed for better handling and responsiveness. However, drivers may feel a lack of control during acceleration because the steering wheel movements are too light. Perhaps, it is the result of new branded tires that were designed to optimize fuel economy.


The forms and equipment are almost perfect, except maybe some parts in the luggage compartment and plastic inserts that look cheap but perhaps are practical. Shiny panels in the black interior don’t please an eye with an expensive look either, though you can get a closer-to-premium design in more expensive trims.

Safety & Reliability

Nissan Altima 2016 offers more security features than ever before. A default kit includes standard frontal and side airbags, protective curtains, new brakes, a stabilizer, and tire pressure monitoring. The vehicle also has blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automatic brakes with a frontal collision avoidance system that automatically detects the slowdown of a vehicle in the front. NHTSA and IIHS awarded the car the highest ratings thanks to successfully passed tests.

Should I Buy the Nissan Altima?

Nissan Altima 2016 is a good family sedan that looks and sometimes feels sporty. It perfectly fits the urban traffic environment. It exudes confidence in both performance and maneuverability, bringing the family sedan to an entirely new level. The only drawback is the excessively light steering. If you are a careful driver who will easily get used to it, Nissan Altima 2016 is a good option to consider. 

How Much Does the Nissan Altima Cost?

The average price of Nissan Altima 2016 in Nigeria is N5,000,000. If it is more than you are ready to spend at the moment, think about older models. For example, you can get something from the early 2000s for as low as N300,000! The latest cars, however, will cost around N14,500,000 (2018 model, in particular).