The Good The Altima's so-good-it's-nearly-invisible CVT provides a smooth drive with solid fuel economy, and the car is quite the looker, too.
The Bad The infotainment system lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and the interior gets a bit drab when ordered in black.
The Bottom Line If you can't decide between sporty or cushy, the 2016 Nissan Altima is a wonderful middle ground that can give drivers a bit of both.
The just-right porridge of midsize sedans
Roadshow's spent some time in the past few weeks with midsizers both sporty and soft, but after a week behind the wheel of Nissan's refreshed Altima, I've come to find that the Altima strikes a good balance between those two extremes.
It's not too soft, and it's not too harsh. It's not too racy, and it's not a complete snooze fest. I'll spare you the full Goldilocks analogy. I'm sure you get where this is headed.
Nissan threw everything but the kitchen sink at its venerable middle grounder as part of a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. While the rear end has been sharpened a bit, most of the action is in front of the A-pillars, where the Altima's countenance is reminiscent of the new.
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