2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Chevy Malibu

We’ll admit, there were years, decades perhaps, when the midsize sedan segment didn’t do much to get the blood pumping of those driving vehicles in the segment. Middling performance and uninspiring design left buyers wanting more from the segment, and the advances in driving dynamics and style has resulted in the two models shown here -- the 2016 Nissan Altima and the 2016 Chevy Malibu -- taking the segment by storm. That begs the obvious question, how do the two models stack up head to head?

From the outset, we see that the Altima and Malibu have taken decidedly different approaches to their mission. Each offers two gas-powered engine options, and they couldn’t be less similar. For their part, Nissan has opted to employ naturally aspirated engines paired with Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmissions, while the Malibu has chosen to use smaller turbocharged engines mated to a standard automatic gearbox. The results, however, can be seen in the chart below; the Altima offers greater standard horsepower, greater max horsepower, and even greater fuel economy. It’s also more spacious than the Malibu, leaving Sacramento buyers with a clear choice in the midsize sedan segment.

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2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Chevy Malibu
2.5L 4-Cyl. Standard Engine 1.5L 4-cyl. Turbo
182 hp Standard Horsepower 150 hp
39 highway mpg Standard Fuel Economy 37 highway mpg
102 cu.ft. Passenger Volume 100 cu.ft.

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For drivers looking for otherworldly performance, efficiency and style, look no further than the 2016 Nissan Altima. Yet, while it’s the 39 highway mpg and 270 max horsepower that rightly get the most praise, it’s the stylistic enhancements that made subtle ripples within the midsize segment. Along with its more defined exterior lines and more aerodynamic stance, the Altima also has added the distinctive V-Motion Grille, gifting the model with similar design language as Nissan models like the Maxima and Murano.

Once inside the 2016 Nissan Altima, up to five adult passengers enjoy first-rate cabin materials throughout, bolstered with outstanding technology features to boot. The updated NissanConnect Apps companion makes streaming music or accessing turn-by-turn navigation easier than ever, while the Siri Eyes Free software lets users access phone functionality using simple voice commands. Riding is more comfortable than in past years as well, with the NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seating ensuring that bodies won’t be fatigued during longer trips.

The 2016 Nissan Altima is now available at Nissan of Sacramento, serving the neighboring communities of Folsom, Davis and Rancho Cordova from our location in Sacramento, CA. To learn more or to schedule a test drive, visit our dealership today!

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