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The 2016 Nissan Altima strikes a good balance between plushy and sporty (pictures)

With a heavily revised look and a decent collection of tech, the Altima is a good choice.

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Nissan gave the Altima a serious mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year.

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Nearly everything in front of the A-pillars is new.

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A strong headlight design blends into equally muscular fenders, giving the car a much sportier appearance than before.

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The wheels aren't so large as to make the ride uncomfortable, but it doesn't look like you're driving an elephant in comically small shoes, either.

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I hope you like Nissan's new "V Motion" grille, because you're going to be seeing it on just about every new Nissan model from here on out.

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In terms of ride, the Altima strikes a proper balance between sporty and soft.

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The suspension tuning soaks up a good deal of highway bumps, but you don't feel like you're riding atop a cloud at any point.

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The steering has been injected with a near-lethal dose of Novocaine. It's numb.

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But there's very little on-center slop, so steering feels quick and direct.

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If you can't decide between sporty or cushy, take a page from the Old El Paso taco girl and ask, "¿Porque no los dos?"

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