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The Nissan Altima has enjoyed five consecutive years of sales growth. Fully redesigned three years ago, Nissan is looking to continue this growth with an exciting mid-cycle refresh. Taking cues from the Maxima and Murano, the 2016 Altima has adopted Nissans bold new styling, known as “energetic flow”. Nissan announced the refresh earlier this week and promises a new driving feel, improved fuel economy and a sporty SR trim. The front of the car has been completely redesigned, with a , muscular front fascia, hood and fenders. The rear is also completely new, featuring 4 piece, boomerang shaped, taillights and an integrated rear spoiler on SR models.

Inside, the refined new interior is based on the “gliding wing” design from the Murano and Maxima. A new center console that features a 5-inch color display is now standard across all models, with navigation and NissanConnect reserved for higher trims. The new SR trim incorporates sport interior accents, a leather wrapped steering wheel and paddle shifters that allow for a more sporty driving experience.  Powertrains remain the same as previous years with the choice of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6. Slight improvements to the 4-cylinder and a reduced drag coefficient, thanks to its new styling, now give the Altima, a class leading, 39 MPG highway.