2021 Nissan Altima

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Nissan Altima highlights

Customer rating


  • Impressive fuel-sipping performance
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable, calming cabin


  • Steering could be more precise
  • Rougher ride
  • Unremarkable acceleration and braking

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 34 highway, 29 combined

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What is new for the 2021 Nissan Altima?

  • The S trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The Platinum trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The SR trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Heated Steering Wheel as standard equipment.

2021 Nissan Altima trims

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  • 188-hp, 180-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera
  • Traction Control
  • Remote Start
  • Power Mirrors
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Smart Key
  • View our Nissan Altima S inventory


  • Includes all features available on the S
  • 236-hp, 267-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • 182-hp, 178-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Parking Sensors
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Sunroofs
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • View our Nissan Altima SR inventory




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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Nissan Altima

1. All-wheel drive on a sedan

Four-wheel traction isn't just limited to pickups and SUVs. If you're looking for a sedan with all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2021 Nissan Altima is a good pick. As part of Nissan's available intelligent-mobility system, AWD provides added grip when the weather turns. This gives you more confidence on the road, no matter how the conditions vary.

2. A versatile turbocharged engine

While the standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine is nothing to sniff at, the optional 2L turbocharged engine gives maximum versatility. With 236 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, this engine will bring a smile to your face on those long drives. The extra power is handy for variable terrain and highway passing, and you'll be pleased to know that it still gets an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway.

3. Well-equipped trim levels

With five trim levels to choose from, you can easily find the 2021 Altima that suits your needs. The base S model includes power mirrors, push-button start, Bluetooth® connectivity, a seven-inch touch screen, and more. Climb the trims to unlock features such as blind spot warning (SV and up), a power-sliding glass moonroof (SL and up), and an intelligent around-view monitor (Platinum trim). If you're after available all-wheel drive, look for the SV trim and onward—though it comes as standard on Platinum models.

4. Practical for daily life

In addition to an array of technology features across all trim levels, plus available packages that add driver aids and other amenities, the Altima is a great companion for daily life. The comfortable cabin, smooth handling, and available space make this a great option whether you're commuting, shuttling around family, or picking up friends for a weekend away. You'll appreciate the 15.4 cu-ft trunk, which is plenty for overnight bags, groceries, or muddy sports kits. Passengers are well catered for, with 43.8 inches of legroom up front and 35.2 inches in the back.

5. Head-turning colors

Whether you're in the school carpool lane or are parking outside the office, the 2021 Altima is bound to turn heads with its sleek style. You can up the ante with the Sunset Drift ChromaFlair color. It's a bright orange that really stands out in the parking lot—keep an eye out as you shop; it's only available on SR models. Beyond the bold orange there's a range of other colors that might suit you—try the Pearl White TriCoat if you prefer your style to be a little more understated.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

3 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Nissan Altima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Altima 14th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Nissan Altima features and specs

SL 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43.8"/R 35.2"

Head room

F 38"/R 36.7"

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