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2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Nissan Altima

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$24,300 — $34,100 MSRP
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29-32 MPG
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2021 Nissan Altima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Most significant changes: All-wheel drive no longer available on the base model; turbo engine only available on SR trim

Price change: No change for base S model; small increases or decreases for other trims

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? 2020 if you’re interested in a base model with AWD or wider availability of the turbocharged engine

Nissan’s Altima mid-size sedan was redesigned for 2019 and saw small upgrades for 2020. For 2021, the Altima again sees minor changes; the most significant is a trim level shuffle along with a new Driver Assist Package that’s available on base S models. The base trim’s pricing carries over; some trims see small increases.

Related: Accord Vs. Altima Vs. Camry: Which Is the Best Mid-Size Sedan?

The 2021 Altima again starts at $25,225 for the front-wheel drive base S model (all prices include destination). All-wheel drive is unavailable on the base trim this year, a change from 2020. Also, for 2021, the SR trim is the only one available with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; all other trims use the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder. (For 2020, the turbo was also available on the Platinum trim.)

The Altima’s trim levels also get shuffled for 2021: The SR trim is now above the SV trim, bringing the lineup order of S, SV, SR, SL and Platinum. Nissan says this change matches the automaker’s other sedan trim levels.

While base model pricing stays the same, other trims see small changes. The Platinum model, for example, is onl...

Most significant changes: All-wheel drive no longer available on the base model; turbo engine only available on SR trim

Price change: No change for base S model; small increases or decreases for other trims

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? 2020 if you’re interested in a base model with AWD or wider availability of the turbocharged engine 

Nissan’s Altima mid-size sedan was redesigned for 2019 and saw small upgrades for 2020. For 2021, the Altima again sees minor changes; the most significant is a trim level shuffle along with a new Driver Assist Package that’s available on base S models. The base trim’s pricing carries over; some trims see small increases. 

Related: Accord Vs. Altima Vs. Camry: Which Is the Best Mid-Size Sedan?

The 2021 Altima again starts at $25,225 for the front-wheel drive base S model (all prices include destination). All-wheel drive is unavailable on the base trim this year, a change from 2020. Also, for 2021, the SR trim is the only one available with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; all other trims use the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder. (For 2020,  the turbo was also available on the Platinum trim.)

The Altima’s trim levels also get shuffled for 2021: The SR trim is now above the SV trim, bringing the lineup order of S, SV, SR, SL and Platinum. Nissan says this change matches the automaker’s other sedan trim levels. 

While base model pricing stays the same, other trims see small changes. The Platinum model, for example, is only available with AWD for 2021 and sees a $350 price increase. On the other side, the front-drive SL model sees a price decrease of $250 compared with 2020

Other changes for 2021 include equipment availability. A new premium package with some comfort and convenience features is available for the SR and SV trims; the SV Premium Package adds a moonroof, heated front seats and lane keep assist. Also, a new Driver Assist Package is available on the base S trim for 2021. 

After its model-year 2019 redesign, the Altima snagged second place in Cars.com’s Mid-Size Sedan Challenge, ahead of the Toyota Camry but behind the Honda Accord. Model-year 2021’s changes are unlikely to move the needle. 

The 2021 Nissan Altima is on sale now.

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Safety

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Recalls

The 2021 Nissan Altima currently has 0 recalls


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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    N/A

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Altima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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