2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT Review – Stepping up to the Plate

The year is 2016, you drive up to the mall parking lot in your new 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT and notice a trend going on with the majority of new cars parked, tall profile and a boxy yet sleek greenhouse; you are now in the world of crossovers. In your head you think to yourself: “What’s with all these mini SUVs? Did I buy the right car?” Then you notice your passengers are comfy with legroom at the rear while relaxing up front with the zero-gravity seats. Upon returning from the mall, you are greeted with a gorgeous car and all the things you bought fit in the trunk. What sorcery is this? Nissan did something right with the Altima and is even outselling its own line of crossovers.

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT Review - Stepping up to the Plate

With the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT, You Fight Fire With Fire

The 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT features Nissan’s “Energetic Flow” styling that shows muscular styling with flared wheel arches, angular bulges and a hood and front bumper area that’s busy with angles, lines, and sculpting to give it muscle. Based on the 2013 model, the 2016’s energetic flow design is just a facelift for the Altima and all the changes are only as deep as the sheet metal goes. Under the hood is the 2.5Liter 4 cylinder putting out 182hp and is paired to an economy-tuned CVT.

On the inside of the 2016 Altima 2.5 CVT, the 2013 interior remains largely untouched except for some tech upgrades and refining the cabin comfort such as further minimizing road noise, better padding on the door armrests, the super comfy zero-gravity seats for the front passengers and a new center console to accommodate the new 5 inch touch screen interface. The Altima features head and legroom that can rival crossovers where six footers can sit at the back without asking the front passengers to slide their seats forward for legroom. Trunk space is 15 cubic foot which is average for mid-sized sedans but folding the rear seats greatly increases cargo space.

Driving the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT, it doesn’t quite deliver an exciting experience prioritizing economy and comfort over an exciting drive. The CVT is the reason for this; with an average fuel economy rating of 26mpg combined, the Altima is easy on the expenses when used daily. Despite the slow 0-60 time of 8 seconds, steering is actually quite crisp and the new set of dampers mitigate motion very well.


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2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT Review – Stepping up to the Plate
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