We love our new 2016 Altima SV. The car exceeds expectations on most every level.
The interior is superb. The chairs feel durable, comfortable, and are highly adjustable which is key when you have lower back issues. At 6 foot 3" it is usually a challenge to find a car under 30k that can meet my needs. The seat goes back far enough for more long legs, and the steering wheel telescopes and raises/lowers to get my entire body in an ideal position. The buttons, knobs and switches are easily reachable. The back seat is also roomier than I would have expected.
The features are seemingly above what I would expect for the price of the car. the back up camera is nice, though I am still trying to get used to working it in to my routine for backing up. The keyless entry and push button start have ruined me for my other vehicles. I now know that keys are for suckers. To unlock or lock and start the car even with my hands full is a breeze. The lane departure seems to be helpful as well as it has warning lights near the rear view mirrors and makes a sound when something is along side you. In the past I have been known to, on occasion, not see a vehicle in a blind spot and cut someone off.
The cars bluetooth with my iphone allows phone call answering from a button on the steering wheel. Siri voice recognition through the cars system allows me to call out completely hands free. For the first time I can actually safely make and receive calls. It also mutes the radio for you and the audio for both you and the person on the other end of the call is outstanding.
The cars styling is very attractive to me. When I look downstairs at the Altima it reminds me of a Mercedes aesthetically for some reason. It just gives me an over all feel of a fine automobile.
The trunk space is huge.
A couple of minor negatives. One, the steering feels a little heavy. Maybe a longer wheel base, or it could also be in part what seems to be a somewhat small steering wheel, also it is leather wrapped and hard which I think contributes. Oddly enough we owned a 1992 Altima and I vaguely remember something similar with the steering on that car. We have had several other Nisans over the years and I dont think this was the case with our Sentra, Maxima, or Frontier.
Two, the front end is very low, and we live on a dirt road. We scraped the front end the first day in a small rut/ditch (it was dark) and gouged the paint on the bottom portion pretty bad. It angles down in that section so it isnt very noticeable though. I also have to be very careful with those parking lot bump stops, have hit a couple of those already too.
The engine is plenty powerful for our needs. We go from about 6500 feet above sea level to about 1000 to 2000 when we go down the hill and the climb back up is no problem for the motor, even with passengers and cargo. The gas mileage again is above expectations, getting about 31 mpg over all, and that includes the mountain climbs (and descents) and I also like to drive a bit fast. I normally cruise between 75-78 mph on long stretches of road/highway where permitted. I am sure I could get closer to 35 mph if I wished to stretch the mileage and slowed down a bit.
The transmission is a CVT which I still dont fully understand but I dont think it has a set number of gears like our cars in the past. However it works, it shifts seamlessly and I only notice it when I focus on it out of curiosity. On our last vehicle which was a 7 speed automatic it felt like the car was never happy in any gear and was constantly changing, and the shifts were very noticeable (especially in the beginning before I got a bit used to it).
Too early to know about reliabilty yet but again, we have own several Nissans over the years and they haven't let me down yet. I expect more of the same this time around.
All in all we are very pleased with the car. Again, dollar for dollar I dont think we could have done any better. i would highly recommend the Altima