2017 Nissan Altima SL: Comfort and Economy in an Attractive Package

Published: Friday, May 5, 2017 | 11:24 PM

2017 Nissan AltimaIn the family sedan arena competition is fierce. Yearly updates to technology, style and fuel efficiency are constant. Although the Altima has some of the best mileage numbers and most comfortable seats, some of the technology is looking a bit dated.

2016 Nissan AltimaThe Altima is a midsize sedan that seats five. There are five trim levels: base, S, SR, SV and SL. This review will focus on the SL trim.

With a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear seat air vents, four-way power front seats, adjustable headrests, and a premium Bose nine-speaker sound system, the SL is offered in two engine sizes: 2.5 and 3.5 liter. My test vehicle came equipped with the 2.5 liter engine.

Other amenities include: keyless remote entry, push-button ignition, full power accessories, air-conditioning, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and Nissan’s Easy-Fill Tire Alert system that flashes the lights and beeps the horn to indicate when the tires reach the correct pressure.

My test model also included extras of the Moonroof Package and the Technology Package with included adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and enhanced NissanConnect services with emergency telematics.

Equipped with a 2.5-liter engine four banger and automatic transmission, the Altima pulls 182 horses and 180 pound-feet of torque. Expect to get 27/city, 39/highway and 31/combined mpg.

2016 Nissan AltimaOn the inside are some very comfortable front seats and roomy back seats. Interior materials are neither good nor bad and the tech interface is a bit clunky and not intuitive. Luggage space is good at 15.4 cubic feet.

While driving the Altima is not particularly exciting, it will get you to where you want to go with a minimal amount of road noise and engine whine.

Looking for a tried and true family sedan? Make the 2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL a test drive.