2021 Nissan Altima

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2021 Nissan Altima
2021 Nissan Altima

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

192.9” x 56.7”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • CVT operation
  • Intuitive multimedia system
  • Safety and self-driving tech
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fuel efficiency

The bad:

  • Choppy ride with 19-inch wheels
  • Numb steering
  • Seat cushions too small
  • Some inconsistent cabin materials
  • Turbo engine needs premium gas for full power

6 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • Lane-centering steering, adaptive cruise control available

2021 Nissan Altima review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Nissan Altima?

The five-seat Altima is Nissan’s mid-size sedan. It comes in five trim levels – S, SV, SR, SL and the range-topping Platinum – and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The base engine is a 188-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and there’s a unique available variable-compression turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 236 hp (or 248 hp with premium gas). Both engines work with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Altima faces competition from the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata

What’s New on the 2021 Nissan Altima?

There are no significant changes this year. 

What Features in the 2021 Nissan Altima Are Most Important?

  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard remote start
  • Available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Available ProPilot Assist driver-assist system 

Should I Buy the 2021 Nissan Altima? 

The Altima is a good value and offers a lot of safety tech, and it also has good EPA-estimated gas mileage; some versions are rated nearly 40 mpg on the highway. There are, however, several shortcomings in the cabin, including small seat cushions, inconsistent materials and a lack of storage space.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Bad car

Would not ever buy again will be going down the road and it will go in malfunction mode all the time mine has been nothing but trouble


Style and Comfort

I have only owned this car for 1 month but I am very pleased with my purchase, smooth, quiet, comfortable, great sound system. This car rides like a much higher priced car even with the 19” wheels. If you are looking for an everyday car with great ride and gas mileage this is the one for you.


Fantastic Car

I absolutely love it. The AWD handles like it is on rails. Just a bit under powered 50 more HP would be fantastic. The car is very comfortable and quiet. It has enough bells and whistles to keep you entertained. Fuel economy seems excellent at this point in time. I have not done a deep dive though. I would also like a bit more range on the telescopic wheel.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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