2021 Nissan Altima

Rating7.4

Ranked #13 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$24,550 - $34,250

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Key Spec of 2021 Nissan Altima
fuel economy

28/33/39

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Capacious cabin

The quality of the cabin is average

Only the SR trim will be eligible for the turbocharged engine

Impressive mileage 

Road feel is absent from the steering

S trim gains enhanced safety features

Quite a composed ride

The A-pillars are too thick, limiting visibility outward

2021 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nissan Altima is a part of the USA family and has been since it first landed in 1993. The 2021 Nissan Altima reveals the next step for the modern, full-size family sedan. Upgraded safety systems and a refreshed powertrain help it take off with a sense of confidence and style. Its look, performance, and features all showcase its growing maturity as it readies itself to keep pace with consumer demands and fit into today's lifestyle.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)$22650$254500 Listings
SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)$24418$26550958 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.4

Out of 10

6.00
7.80
8.00
7.60
7.80
9.00
7.00
8.00
Notable Rankings

#13 in Midsize Sedan

#18 in Sedan


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Trims

S$24,550 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • A-Spec Sport Seats
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry

SV$25,550 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Parking assist
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

SR$26,550 onwards

  • 19-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Cloth/Vinyl Seat trim

SL$29,990 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Platinum$32,180 onwards

  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Navigation system

New Nissan Altima For Sale

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2022 Nissan Altima S

S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$23,393
Est. $317/mo
Excellent deal
$3,024.5 Below market
RMV: $26,417.5
Vero Beach, FL
MSRP $26,565
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2022 Nissan Altima SR

2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 1CVT)

Dealer Price
$25,894
Est. $351/mo
Excellent deal
$3,293 Below market
RMV: $29,187
Kansas City, KS
MSRP $28,835
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2022 Nissan Altima SL

2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 182 hp CVT)

Dealer Price
$30,648
Est. $416/mo
Excellent deal
$3,882 Below market
RMV: $34,530
Kansas City, KS
MSRP $34,135
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2021 Nissan Altima S

S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$22,568
Est. $306/mo
Excellent deal
$2,784 Below market
RMV: $25,352
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
MSRP $26,115
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2022 Nissan Altima SV

2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 1CVT)

Dealer Price
$24,773
Est. $336/mo
Excellent deal
$3,052 Below market
RMV: $27,825
Granbury, TX
MSRP $27,675
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2021 Nissan Altima SL

SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$28,175
Est. $382/mo
Excellent deal
$3,447.5 Below market
RMV: $31,622.5
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
MSRP $32,150
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2021 Nissan Altima Platinum

Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$31,889
Est. $432/mo
Excellent deal
$3,871 Below market
RMV: $35,760
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
MSRP $36,655
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2022 Nissan Altima SR

2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 1CVT)

Dealer Price
$26,071
Est. $353/mo
Excellent deal
$3,116 Below market
RMV: $29,187
Kansas City, KS
MSRP $29,300
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2022 Nissan Altima SR

2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 1CVT)

Dealer Price
$26,071
Est. $353/mo
Excellent deal
$3,116 Below market
RMV: $29,187
Kansas City, KS
MSRP $29,300
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Colors and Styles

Build Car
Brilliant Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Nissan Altima provides a comfortable ride and exceptional handling. Built with room for up to five passengers, the latest model will come with a handful of small changes pertaining to its powertrain and safety front. Smooth and quiet, this vehicle offers you all that you need to get from place to place without any hassle. It competes with other hotshots, such as the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, and Honda Accord

2021 Nissan Altima Sedan front view
2021 Nissan Altima Sedan rear view

Features

The 2021 Nissan Altima is offered in five definitive trim levels namely, S, SV, SR, SL, and Platinum. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on all models. There is only one trim with a turbocharged engine, the SR. All-wheel drive is standard on the Platinum trim and available for $1,400 on the SV, SR, and SL trims.

With all of the trims, numerous features come preinstalled. Each trim is equipped with features like leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, voice recognition, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and satellite radio. As part of the driver assistance technology, there is a rearview camera, forward collision warning, front automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and driver drowsiness monitor.

Trims

S

SV

SR

SL

Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$24,350

$25,450

$26,250

$29,990

-

MSRP (AWD)

-

$26,850

$27,650

$31,390

$34,150

Key Features

7-inch touchscreen

Adds/upgrades the features of S trim

Adds/upgrades the features of SV trim

Adds/upgrades the features of SR Premium trim

Adds/upgrades the features of the SL trim

 

Remote engine start

17-inch alloy wheels

19-inch wheels

Heated steering wheel

19-inch wheels

 

Keyless entry & ignition

LED headlights

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Dual-zone climate control

Driver-seat memory settings

 

Six-speaker audio system

8-inch touchscreen

Unique exterior and cabin styling elements

Leather upholstery

Ambient interior lighting

 

Bluetooth

Satellite radio

Transmission paddle shifters

Rear air vents

360-degree camera system

 

60/40-split folding rear seat

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Sport-tuned suspension

Navigation

 
 

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

   

9-speaker Bose audio system

 
 

Automatic emergency braking

   

Power adjustable passenger seat

 
 

16-inch steel wheels

       

Which trim should you buy? 

We recommend skipping the base S model and upgrading to the SV instead since it comes with better infotainment stuff such as Apple CarPlay, safety features, and a few driver assistance aids. In addition, it is the first trim level with AWD. It would be beneficial to try out the SR version, which has more grunt and delivers a refined performance. 

Engine and Performance
7.8/10

The new 2021 Nissan Altima is powered by a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Each is matched with Nissan's innovative Xtronic transmission with D-step Logic Control. Except for the SR trim, all trims are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 188 horsepower in front-wheel-drive models and 182 horsepower in all-wheel-drive models. SR trim models provide 248 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. 

2021 Nissan Altima Sedan engine bay

Each engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Standard engines provide good power and fuel economy. This transmission is as versatile as a traditional automatic transmission and, as such, works well with both engines. With regard to performance, the all-wheel-drive Nissan Altima with its 2.5-liter engine can sprint from zero to sixty in 7.4 seconds and complete a quarter-mile run in 16.4 seconds.

Models

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP

$24,350

$24,970

$24,770

$23,065

Engine

2.5-liter inline-4

2.5-liter inline-four

1.5-liter turbo-inline-four

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

FWD

Transmission

XTRONIC CVT

8-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

CVT

Power 

188 hp @ 6,000 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

192 hp @ 5,500 RPM

163hp @ 5700rpm

Torque 

180 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

192 lb.-ft @ 1,600 RPM

184lb-ft @ 2500rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

7.3 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.0 sec

15.7 sec

15.5 sec

16 sec

Top Speed (mph)

119 mph

135 mph

115 mph

145 mph

Based on the aforementioned metrics, the Toyota Camry is the most powerful sedan in the segment. The Nissan Altima offers modest performance with its average power and torque. Honda's Accord shows its ability through its engine output of 192 lb-ft of torque, the best in the segment.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Altima handle?

When you are looking to buy a new vehicle, the handling and ride quality of the car is typically one of the first things you think about. The 2021 Nissan Altima has been designed to handle and ride smoothly through the curves. When cornering and driving on bumpy roads, the Altima maintains a stable ride with minimal body lean. 

2021 Nissan Altima Sedan ride and handling

With a lower center of gravity, the 2021 Nissan Altima conveys a comfortable, secure feeling that provides a confident and inspiring ride. The vehicle offers an enhanced level of convenience and control. All in all, every inch of the Altima has been scrutinized to deliver world-class ride and handling, confident road manners along with responsive acceleration and braking.

2021 Nissan Altima Braking Performance

There is no doubt that all of these upright sedans have disc brakes on all four wheels. A Nissan Altima's brakes fall effortlessly onto speed without any sudden jerks. The brakes, however, panic when suddenly braked, and the suspension struggles. S, SR, SV FWD 2021 Altimas feature 11.65 inches of front power vented disc brakes and 11.50 inches of rear power solid rotors. On SL and Platinum FWD models, along with all Altimas with AWD, the rear rotor size is 11.02. 

Models

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.6

12.3

11.5

11.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.5

11.1

11.1

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3207 lbs

3340 lbs

3131 lbs

3,126 lbs

60-0 (feet)

120 ft.

118 ft.

116 ft.

113 ft.

With a 3,207-pound curb weight, the Nissan Altima has a 120-foot stopping distance from 60 mph. This is average for a midsize car, but not the best. The Malibu stops first in the braking test, but the other sedans need a bit more carpet to settle down. When it comes to pedal response, the Accord has excellent brake modulation. 

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

In terms of fuel economy, the 2021 Nissan Altima is a decent vehicle but not exceptional. It gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway when powered by the 2.5-liter engine. Those are impressive figures for a midsize car. As for the All-wheel-drive models, they achieve 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Engines with turbochargers get 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

Models

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

MPG (City)

28

29

30

29

MPG (Highway)

39

41

38

36

MPG (Combined)

32

34

33

32

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16.2

14.5

14.8

15.8 

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

454/632/518

442/595/505

444/562/488

458/569/505 

Typically, the fuel ratings of the sedans described above are similar. Although the 2021 Toyota Camry gets the best fuel economy with 34 mpg combined, it isn't by much. Having slightly better mpg figures than the Nissan Altima, the Honda Accord earns second place, while the Altima secures the last position. Chevrolet's Malibu has the lowest highway fuel efficiency among the competition. 

Interior
7.6/10

Stepping inside the 2021 Nissan Altima, you'll find yourself in an intuitively designed cabin that is at home on any road. The sporty steering wheel, dual climate control, and 7-in. multi-function display take center stage. Enjoy the sound of satellite radio while sitting in a premium fabric seat that envelops you in comfort. You'll find some hard-plastic surfaces here and there, however.

2021 Nissan Altima Sedan cockpit area

When it comes to family-friendly sedans, the quiet and comfortable interior of the Nissan Altima sets it apart. The 2021 Nissan Altima can accommodate up to five people. With both rows of seats being adult-friendly, Altima's Zero Gravity seats rank highly among midsize cars in terms of comfort and support. The trunk of the Altima measures 15.4 cubic feet, which is pretty decent for a short weekend getaway. Although the seats fold up, making it easier to store longer items, the trunk hinges encroach on available trunk space, limiting the amount of cargo you can store.

2021 Nissan Altima Sedan seats

Models

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/58.2/43.8

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

40.1/58.5/45.3

Second (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.9/57.1/35.2

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.5/57.1//38.1

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

15.4

16.7

15.1

15.7

With regard to the interior and seating, the Chevy Malibu wins the prize for the largest cabin in the segment. Compared to the competition, both the Camry and Accord make good use of the cabin space with the decent rear room, while the Altima offers the least amount of rear space. Standard interior features of the 2021 Nissan Altima include:

  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Dual-zone Climate Control 
  • A Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Moonroof
  • Rear air vents
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Memory settings for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors

How intuitive is the 2021 Nissan Altima Infotainment System?

The 2021 Nissan Altima infotainment and technology are designed to make your driving experience more enjoyable. From high-resolution touchscreens to available NissanConnect Services, the innovative cabin shows how much of a car is within your reach. Nissan's user-friendly NissanConnect infotainment system is standard on every Altima. 

Physical buttons and touch controls are both easily accessible while driving, making it simple to bring up the information you need. In the base version, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are no longer standard but have all other connectivity options. All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • 7-inch or 8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System 
  • 6-speaker sound system or 9 Speaker JBL Audio System
  • Satellite Radio
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Voice recognition
  • Bluetooth
  • Available navigation
Exterior
7.8/10

The 2021 Nissan Altima delivers the style you want and the technology you need, all at an affordable price. From its distinctive front end to its spacious interior, this sedan commands respect on the road with its sharp and sporty appearance. A strong V-motion grille with boomerang styling, LED headlights, and tailgate spoilers distinguish this sedan. 

2021 Nissan Altima Sedan 

Altima's exterior has been reworked to have a more streamlined, aerodynamic appearance. Optimum height and width are now seen on the Altima's front end, as well as a bold, modern grille. Sharp lines surround the headlights and sweep through the corners of the vehicle. The side profile reinforces the Altima's more prominent wheel arches while the dark beltline emphasizes its sleeker appearance. 

Models

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,212

3,241 

3,131

3126 

Length (inches)

192.9

192.1 

192.2

194.2

Width (inches)

72.9

72.4 

73.3

73

Height (inches)

56.7

56.9 

57.1

57.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

5.7 

N/A

6.5

Wheelbase (inches)

111.2

111.2

111.4

111.4

Dimensionally, the Nissan Altima 2021 is among the norms of its segment. Malibu is the tallest and longest sedan, and it actually provides more ground clearance than any other model. The 2021 Altima has the shortest wheelbase and is the heaviest. Some standout exterior features of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 include:

  • 16/17/19-inch alloy wheels
  • V-motion grille
  • LED headlights
  • DRLs
  • LED foglights
  • Rear parking sensors
Safety
9.0/10

Overall, the 2021 Altima was rated five stars by the NHTSA, with five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four stars in the front crash test. IIHS has not carried out testing on the 2021 Altima, but the 2020 model earned every IIHS crash test rating of Good. 

As part of Nissan's Safety Shield 360 and ProPilot Assist system, the 2021 Nissan Altima is equipped with rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane centering and adaptive cruise control. For 2021, the Altima S trim will include pedestrian protection and forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, which are available on all trim levels including the base variant. Standard and available safety features include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward-collision mitigation
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • A 360-degree parking camera system
  • Traffic sign recognition
Competition
7.0/10

2021 Nissan Altima vs 2021 Toyota Camry

The Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry are two of the most popular mid-size sedans on the market. They come with similar pricing, many options, and are quite similar in size. They also have very similar scores from J.D. Power on dependability and overall satisfaction. Unlike the Nissan, the Toyota features a solid, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, but it also offers a V6 that is more powerful than the Nissan's.

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Nissan Altima vs 2021 Honda Accord

The Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord are similar to each other in a lot of ways. They have a similar wheelbase, the same amount of back seat legroom, and they both offer four-cylinder engine options. In fact, drive the two back-to-back, and you're likely to find them equally satisfying. Performance-wise, the Accord has more power and a better steering system than the Altima. However, the Altima offers all-wheel drive, which the Accord lacks.

2021 Hona Accord

2021 Nissan Altima vs 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

The Nissan Altima and the Chevrolet Malibu are two sedans that have a lot in common. The base models are identical, with more specialized models offering a few more unique features. While both offer great handling, safety features, and standard comfort options, they also offer a lot of similar performance packages that can change the drive of the car completely. However, the 2021 Malibu offers a roomier and more comfortable cabin with, higher fuel economy than that of Altima. 

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

 

Final Verdict
8.0/10

The Nissan Altima has been created with your comfort and convenience in mind. From its roomy interior and intuitive infotainment display to an innovation-packed Powertrain and top-notch safety features, the new Altima ensures that both you and your time are taken care of. The new Altima is a car that will thrill you! If, on the other hand, you are on the hunt for a well-rounded sedan, you would enjoy the Camry and Accord. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$31390

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

152 cu in

horse power

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

dimensions
length

192.9 in

wheelbase

111.2 in

width

72.9 in

curb weight

3422 lbs

Height

57.3 in

Ground Clearance

5.4 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

98.8 cu ft

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/30/35 mpg

highway range

560.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Nissan Altima 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,344
5 Year Cost To Own
$43,580
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $43,580
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,134$1,752$1,688$1,961$1,890$14,425
Insurance$1,461$1,504$1,488$1,539$1,642$7,634
Fuel$1,479$1,571$1,529$1,635$1,654$7,868
Maintenance$507$766$817$1,251$1,648$4,989
Repairs$-26$-43$156$242$412$741
Financing Interest$1,719$1,326$1,035$631$223$4,934
Taxes and Fees$2,362$161$126$175$165$2,989
Total Cost-To-Own$14,636$7,037$6,839$7,434$7,634$43,580
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