Olympic competitions have an interesting phenomenon that takes place, where silver medalists have a tendency to not feel as satisfied with what they have accomplished compared to bronze medalists. Maybe it’s the second place finishers feeling like they are the first losers, but whatever the case may be, the runner-ups seem to be tormented by the fact that they didn’t win, whereas those that finish in third place are more likely to realize that they beat just about everyone else in the world.That is the same attitude informing the nissan altima reviews fifth-generation.

The model has had a strong lock on third place for midsize sedan sales since its introduction in the summer of 2012. Confidence in the near-universal appeal of the Altima, the mid-life cycle refresh by Nissan for 2016 is more concerned with reinforcing the desirability of the car than it is in improving its weaknesses. It is quite an accomplishment, after all, for any automobile to move more than one million units.

The most obvious updates in the 2016 nissan altima reviews are in the new rear and front fascias. They now resemble those on the new Maxima and Murano. Fresh taillights and headlights made it necessary to make changes to the sheet metal on the trunk, fenders and hood, which makes it a more significant overhaul than usual for the industry. This new look definitely provides the Altima with a more contemporary family resemblance. However, to our eyes, the styling language seems a bit awkward. Particularly if there happens to be a Mazda 6 parked close by.

The engines carry over from 2015. However, the four-cylinder 2.5-liter did get a few small efficiency tweaks, which include a slight increase in compression ratio, which is up to 10.3:1 from 10.0:1. Torque and horsepower are the same at 180 lb-ft and 182 respectively. The coarse groan from the ancient engine is still there whenever it gets really pushed. However, when combined with the fuel-sipping transmission, active grille shutters and under-body panels, the newly tweaked four-cylinder enables the Altima in highway fuel-economy testing to achieve a gain of 1-mpg. According to Nissan, the nissan altima reviews will have EPA ratings of 27 mpg for the city, 29 mpg for the highway and a combined 31 mpg.

The four-cylinder SR models start at $25,295, which is right in the middle of the price range, while the SR trim V-6 Altima starts at $28,215. There has been a $200 increase in the base price on the Altima to $23,325, with other trim increases, adding up to as much as $740 to the MSRP.

Unfortunately, Nissan didn’t provide any V-6 cars for any trim model to drive at the company’s launch event. However, we were able to drive the four-cylinder SR. We were encouraged by the experience. Nissan’s engineers, burdened with a CVT and old engine, were limited in what they could come up with make the Altima sportier. When you consider that, the SR actually does come off about as good as could be imagined.

The electrohydraulic power steering on the Altima has been reprogrammed over the lineup to provide it with more feedback and a weightier feel. The SR feels well-planted and poised out on the street. Add in its column shift paddles for exercising more control over the CVT and its 18-inch wheels, and the SR is definitely the most appealing of all, the nissan altima reviews despite falling short of being a real mainstream sports sedan. Whether it stays in third place of the sales race or not, this updated Altima should make its multitude of buyers very satisfied.

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