Cosmetic exterior changes and interior revisions to the center stack and console highlight the mid-cycle upgrades to the 2016 Nissan Altima. The mid-size sedan looks different, and it feels different. A week-long test drive underscored Altima’s improved ride control, courtesy of new shock absorbers, springs, and other suspension changes. Altima also has a quieter cabin due to a number of revisions, including a laminated windshield and more sound insulation. Also new for 2016 is the SR grade, which designates a performance-orientated model with unique suspension components, wheels, tires, and exterior cues.

Altima offers two engine choices: a 3.5-liter V6 releasing 270 horsepower at 6400 rpm/251 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm, and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder producing 182 horsepower at 6000 rpm/180 pounds-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. Both engines mate to the Xtronic continuously variable transmission. The 109.3-inch wheelbase sedan provides 45 inches of legroom for occupants riding atop the zero-gravity front seats and 36.1 inches of legroom for rear seat passengers. Altima’s trunk serves up 15.4 cubic feet of space. The test driven Nissan Altima 2.5 SR has a MSRP of $24,470 and collects estimated mpg of 26 city/37 highway.