2016 Nissan Altima: Perfect for a Road Trip
The 2016 Nissan Altima I drove recently turned out to be the perfect car for a road trip. My husband and I spent the weekend in Longview where we attended the 11th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest. Not only did we enjoy great performances by blues musicians from across the country, we enjoyed the drive almost as much.
We made the 2 ½ hour drive into the lush green East Texas countryside in great comfort. No need to stop for gas in the Altima, since its 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with Xtronic CVT transmission averaged 31 miles to the gallon. Highway fuel economy was even better, at 39 mpg. The Altima had plenty of power to deliver a dynamic performance even while saving on fuel.
My Altima SL was decked out in a lovely Cayenne Red paint coat, and rolled on 17” aluminum alloy wheels. Recent upgrades to the Altima’s design provide a more “energetic flow,” to use their terminology. Translated to mean a new lower more muscular front fascia and distinctive grille and bumper.
New hood, fenders and LED boomerang headlights, fog lights and daytime running lights also add to the bolder look. A new rear fascia and bumper along with boomerang taillights continue the bold new design to the Altima.
Inside the cabin, leather-appointed seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob added an elegant look. The zero gravity front seats assure a more comfortable ride for both the driver and the front seat passenger.
Nissan also thoughtfully added a moonroof package to enhance the mid-sized sedan’s refined interior. The new C-stack and center console make operating the Altima easier than ever. We also appreciated the full-size cup holders in the center console and in both front doors.
An advanced drive-assist display gives key information to the driver. An optional technology package included the 7” color audio display that shows images from the rear view monitor. It also included NissanConnect with Mobile Apps that allows the driver and all passengers to stay connected to their digital outlets.
The new acoustic glass windshield reduced road noise inside the cabin. Expanded safety features like forward collision warning, emergency braking, intelligent cruise control and rear cross traffic alert have also been added to the Altima.
My husband thought ahead to turn the Altima on from our hotel, so it was nice and cool when we got in. It’s great to be able to use the remote engine start system that allows heating or cooling the car before getting in. How well I remember climbing into a vehicle in the hottest days of summer to find a steering wheel too hot to drive without gloves. Even worse were those seats too hot to sit on without a towel, especially when wearing shorts. This would no longer be a problem with the new Altima!
The starting price for the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL is $28,570. The manufacturer had added carpeted floor and trunk mats (and the aforementioned moonroof), plus a technology package that brought the total price for the test model (with destination charges) to $32,115.
The good news is, Altima owners can expect to save $1,750 in fuel costs over a 5-year period.