2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Nissan Altima

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2016 Nissan Sentra

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The 2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Nissan Sentra really shouldn’t be seen as a competition. Both of these models are elegant, refined, and durable. They exemplify value for sedans in their class. We typically recommend both models, but we understand when drivers have a hard time choosing between the two. Visit our showroom today to take a test drive with the help of an expert, but first, take a look at our guide to see which may be the better fit for your particular needs.


Nissan models strive for an affordable price point, while still delivering premium quality. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the Nissan Sentra starts at $16,780 and goes up to $22,170 for the top tier trim. The Nissan Altima MSRP begins at $22,500 and works its way up to $32,090. If price is your only concern, then the Sentra is the more affordable option. However, there are still more features we suggest to consider before making the final decision.


Both Nissan models feature impeccable interiors that are clean and seamless with a focus on ergonomics. For example, the center console storage is placed in an easy-to-reach spot with plenty of space to stow personal items. You can also add the available dual-zone temperature control, which takes everyday air conditioning to the next level. This is a great feature for the summer that allows you and passengers adjust your levels of comfort individually.

As far as space is concerned, the two models are quite similar. The 2016 Nissan Sentra can seat five passengers and has a total of 95.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. The 2016 Nissan Altima also seats five, but adds a little extra room with a total of 101.9 cubic feet of passenger volume without moonroof dimensions. The Sentra has 15.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the Altima has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Though nearly identical in cargo capacity, the extra passenger space may be an asset if you frequently drive with a full cabin.


Both models come with steering wheel mounted controls and push-button start for convenience. With steering wheel controls, you can quickly make adjustments without taking your hands off of the wheel. Change songs, make calls, and much more. Push-button start lets you start up the engine without using your key. As long as your Nissan can detect your key in your pocket or bag, the vehicle will open and start.

If you have a lot of gadgets that need charging, then you’ll appreciate that Nissan models come with convenient power outlets. You can also use the auxiliary audio input, USB port in the Altima, or MP3 decoder to easily listen to music in either model. Bluetooth connectivity is also a great way to connect your audio and phone. Bose Premium Audio system is optional for either model. It’s a nine-speaker system that allows you to enjoy your music in a fun and exciting way.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2016 Nissan Sentra has a standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 130 hp. The 6-speed manual transmission helps the Sentra reach an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 36 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city. Many trims include the available Xtronic CVT to optimize shifting at any speed, boosting the economy to 38 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city.

The Altima is a little more powerful with its standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 182 hp. Higher trim levels introduce a stunning 270-hp 3.5L V6 engine. The base model uses an Xtronic CVT system to deliver an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 39 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city.

Additionally, both models come standard with 16-inch steel wheels, but you can make an upgrade to 17-inch alloys for a more powerful silhouette.


The designs of the Altima and Sentra both place a large focus on safety. Nissan makes sure that all models come with a hearty amount of standard safety features to ensure the protection of everyone in the cabin. Look for features like:

  • Tire pressure monitor measure

  • Traction and stability control systems

  • Antilock brakes

  • Hill start assistance

  • Advanced air bags

  • Optional LED headlights with signature lighting

Visit Tamaroff Nissan Today

Take a test drive in the 2016 Nissan Altima and the 2016 Nissan Sentra to see which model is the best choice for you. The only way to see which one suits your style is to try them in person. Contact us online for more information, and book your test drive with us. We can show you more differences, walk you through trims, and help you meet your budget.