Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling  |   Document Shredding
Rocklin & Roseville Today Events
Celebrating 15 Years Online

Nissan Altima continues to battle the competition


Roseville, CA - It's not easy for the Nissan Altima. Despite being a solid midsize family sedan, the competition has always been formidable. And seemingly no matter what Nissan does, the Altima typically gets overlooked.

That trend did change for a bit when the redesigned Altima was introduced in 2013. A smart remodeling put a little scare into the competition, which brought about changes that once again put some distance between the top-tier midsize sedans - Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion, Mazda6 - and the Altima. The previous upgraded infotainment system was short-lived for the Altima when rivals made their upgrades.

With that said, we still believe the 2016 Nissan Altima is a solid selection for a midsize sedan. What will stick out is a new exterior design, a peppy four-cylinder engine (there is a V6 option), reasonable price, competitive gas mileage, and comfortable seating.

Speaking of seating - want to feel like an astronaut? The Altima features new "zero gravity" seats that were NASA inspired. The seats conform to different body shapes whether they are standard cloth or the leather optional. The cool seats aren't available in the back, but those passengers will be comfy as well with good head and leg room for the typical adult.

One thing the Altima can brag about is the exterior. The highly-desired Camry and Accord may be better choices overall despite their vanilla-like look, but the Altima has the edge in styling. New this year is an attractive V-shaped grille design and sharper looking headlights and taillights. The Altima bumper is also new and combined with the taillight housings creates a good-looking back end.

What we've always enjoyed about the Altima has been performance, and that hasn't changed, thanks to the responsive continuously variable transmissions (CVT). When we first started our week-long testing it was assumed the engine was a V6. In fact, it was the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine (182 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque) that was providing significant power as we tested it initially on a steep suburban hill. It seemed much quicker than the advertised 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds. More good news is the standard Altima engine gets an estimated 27-39 mpg.

Very pleased with the four-cylinder engine, I can only imagine the performance that the 3.5-liter, V6 (270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque) produces. It's been clocked going 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and gets around 22-32 mpg.

2016 Nissan Altima

* Performance: 2.5-liter, four cylinder, 182 horsepower; 3.5-liter, V6, 270 horsepower
* Mileage estimate: - 27-39 mpg; 22-32 mpg
* Price estimate: $23,335 to $28,200
* Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain: 5 years/60,000 miles; roadside assistance: 3 years/36,000; corrosion: 5 years/unlimited

The Altima also offers good handling for a family sedan. It can aggressively attack winding roads and tight corners - so there's a definite fun factor. On the negative side, the Altima drives a bit rough over uneven surfaces and there is more engine noise than many competitors.

The real issue with the 2016 Altima is lack of interior sophistication. While not a problem here, many youthful drivers want the latest techy toys, including an in-depth smartphone app integration. Another issue is the Altima has a small 5-inch display screen that is positioned at an odd angle for optimum viewing.

While we personally like the Altima for its performance, appearance and comfort, the midsize sedan is lacking the interior makeup that many of its competitors provide. Nissan needs to rework the interior again to remain competitive.

About Weidel on Wheels

Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at

Placer County News Headlines

Volvo XC90: Large, sophisticated SUVRoseville, CA,- There are plenty of reasons to be enamored with the 2018 Volvo XC90, a sophisticated luxury crossover sport utility vehicle

Seniors First Undergoing Leadership Change(Auburn, CA) - After stabilizing and expanding Seniors First, Placer County's only organization focused on programs and services for seniors, executive director Jamee Horning has

Moksa Brewing Up Seriously Delicious Craft Beers in RocklinRocklin, CA,- Derived from the word Moksha which equates with ultimate freedom and liberation in Indian philosophy and religion, we found ourselves perched in Rocklin, California at Moksa Brewing

BottleRock Presents Announces Concerts and Festival AftershowsNAPA, Calif. -- BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, has sold out all passes to the festival's sixth installment on May 25 - 27, 2018 in downtown Napa

Mesa Verde Country Top 5 Winter Experiences in Southwest ColoradoCortez, Colo. - Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado is a great winter destination. The area boasts mountains, sunshine and everything travelers need for the perfect cold-weather getaway

BottleRock Presents Vines & VibesNapa, CA, - BottleRock Napa Valley presents Vines & Vibes, the fourth annual Do It For The Love Benefit Dinner and Concert on Thursday, May 24, 2018, on the rooftop of the Archer Hotel

2018 Lexus GX570 remains luxurious SUVRoseville, CA,- What most drivers will like about the 2018 Lexus LX570 is the combination of gracious around-town capability and its ability to go off-road in rugged winter conditions

Tree Harvest Cannabis Festival Cancelled, Fall Dates PossibleWoodland, CA- The cannabis themed Tree Harvest Festival scheduled for April 20- 22, 2018 has been cancelled due to a municipality withdrawing authorization

Roseville Gas Prices Ease SlightlyRoseville, CA- Gas prices in Roseville have eased slightly this past week despite the strong upward trend and anticipation of prices pushing toward the $4 gallon mark

Roseville City School District to Share $400,000 Grant(Roseville, CA) - Roseville City School District (RCSD) is poised to be the recipient of $400,000, all aimed to benefit its middle school students through

Kay U. Brooks presented with Don Poole AwardSacramento, CA,- Attorney Kay U. Brooks of Weintraub Tobin was recently awarded the Sacramento Region Community Foundation's prestigious Don Poole Award for her significant contributions

Arson Damage at Margaret Azevedo Park in RocklinRocklin, CA,- On February 17th 2018 at about 10:38 PM, Rocklin Police Officers responded to Margret Azevedo Park in the report of a play structure on fire

NEWS: In Case You Missed It