Nissan has redesigned its flagship Maxima large sedan for 2016, which is good news since Maximas sold in 2015 really are 2014 models and sales have fallen as buyers anxiously await the new model. The best-seller in Nissan’s lineup, the Altima, and the compact Sentra also are refreshed for 2016. The new “V-Motion” grille with chrome trim will be a consistent design element on redone models. In addition, several sport trim levels are added to the 2016 car lineup. Also, the automaker’s advanced safety and multimedia and connectivity technology systems are available across a wider range of model trim levels. Siri Eyes Free is also being introduced in the lineup for 2016.
When you’re less than best, you have three choices: accept average, improve, or bail out. With the launch of the 2016 Titan XD, Nissan has obviously selected the improvement route for its full-size pickup. Finally, the Titan is a real player with genuine capability, available diesel power, and a host of must-have technologies.
Comparatively speaking, the rest of Nissan’s truck, SUV, and van lineup remains unchanged for 2016, save for a few tweaks to the availability of certain options, freshening of the color palette, and a few key upgrades, such as extra standard air bags on the full-size NV van. Perhaps most notable is the absence of the rugged Xterra, which bows out after a successful 15-year run.