Sporting a makeover for 2016, the Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan that has plenty of curb appeal for individuals and families. With a well-earned reputation for being reliable, the 2016 Nissan Altima packages also offer competitive gas mileage, strong acceleration, and a responsive transmission that provides plenty of get-up-and-go. Advanced safety features improves the security of both drivers and passengers, providing automatic braking, forward collision warnings, and adaptive cruise control. Paired with continuously variable transmissions (CVT), fuel economy for both the V6 and four-cylinder engines remains at the top of the class of midsize sedans. The 2016 Nissan Altima is available in trim levels: base, S, and SL. The trim packages are also categorized by engine sizes: the 2.5 stands for the four-cylinder engine while the 3.5 stands for the V6; however, the 3.5 is only available in the SL packages. Here’s more information about the Nissan Altima’s top three packages for 2016.
The basic package for the 2016 Nissan Altima is quite literally called the Base. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 180 pound-feet of torque and 182 horsepower, providing an impressive EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon combined (27 city/39 highway). In addition, accessories include a long list of amenities, including push-button ignition and keyless remote entry, full power accessories, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert system, which alerts drivers when tires have reached the correct amount of pressure through flashing the lights and honking the horn. The 60/40-split folding rear seats provides additional storage when necessary.
The 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 S trim package is similar to the Base package in many ways. However, the 2.5 S package includes state of the art amenities that add a touch of class to an already pleasant drive. Keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, and automatic headlights are included, along with a rearview camera, a 5-inch display, basic integration of the NissanConnect smartphone app, and Siri Eyes Free voice recognition for the iPhone. With these additional standard options, tech-savvy drivers and passengers are sure to enjoy a more comfortable ride.
The most notable detail about the 2016 Nissan Altima SL is the option for a larger engine. The 3.5-liter V6 engine provides 251 lb-ft of torque and 270 hp, with the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in only 6.2 seconds. The EPA-estimates for fuel economy come in at 26 mpg combined, which breaks down to 22 mpgs in the city and 32 on the highway. Whether 2.5 or 3.5, the SL has rear cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitoring offered as a standard option. Additional amenities in the Nissan Altima SL package include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 7-inch color touchscreen, a navigation system with Google connectivity, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and front seats, and an incredible Bose nine-speaker sound system.
Regardless of packages offered, the 2016 Nissan Altima packages do not skimp on safety. Standard safety features for all packages include antilock brakes, traction control, and front-seat side airbags. The 2016 Nissan Altima achieved five out of five stars for overall crash protection in government tests, and also received the highest ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 Nissan Altima is considered one of the safest and most reliable midsize sedans on the market.