SEATTLE, September 22, 2015 — With sales overall for Nissan going a record rate of passing the one million mark faster than any previous year in its history, the new Altima looks to help keep that rate. As one of Nissan’s best-selling cars, it was important to give the car a facelift that was in-line with its current body styles on the entire line-up which Nissan refers to as “energetic flow”.
New sheet metal was stamped out for the front and rear fascias of the car to help give it a more masculine look and the shape of the front looks far more aggressive look. Nissan did a great job, overall, with the stance of the car as well — it has a wide-looking one that’s very assertive. As a consequence of the new body lines, coefficient drag has also been reduced from 0.29cd to 0.26cd.
Nissan hasn’t ignored the interior, either. Upgrades include improved Bluetooth and voice-command recognition and the cabin is quieter than before thanks to the use of additional insulation and a laminated windshield. All models above the base model feature a rather small 5-inch display which is used for the back-up camera, NissanConnect and its mobile app system. Now different drivers can have the NissanConnect system custom-tailored to the apps on their respective smartphones.
If you step up to the 3.5 SL, 2.5 SV or 2.5 SL, you can opt for the 7-inch screen that provides for 3D map effects, SiriusXM satellite radio, speed limit display, curve warning, split-screen and eco driving maps. The 2.5 SL 3.5 SL have the option of remote start with your cell phone.
Other refinements inside include Nissan’s “zero gravity seats” up front which are said to do a better job of providing continuous support to the pelvis and chest area due to their articulation.
For those who thirst for more ponies under the hood, the Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL are powered by a 3.5 liter V6 which pumps out 270 horsepower with 251 lb-ft of torque and still earns an EPA rating of 32 mpg on the highway and 22 around town for a combined average of 26 mpg.
Unfortunately for driving enthusiasts, Nissan is still using a CVT automatic transmission — no manual gearbox is available. Even though some reviewers find Nissan’s implementation of CVT to be among the best in the industry, there are others, like this auto journalist, who doesn’t find them appealing.
Paddle shifters are standard to help it feel more “sporty” during its “manumatic” mode.