2021 Nissan Altima

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2021 Nissan Altima
2021 Nissan Altima

Key specs

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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 4.9
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Sporty comfort

Altima is fun to drive, great handling and responsiveness. Gas mileage is very good, 30+mpg in town, 35 hiway. Love the way the car looks!


Nissan rocks

My last 3 vehicles have been Nissans. My two previous were identical Frontiers which I had zero problems with. This 2021 Altima is as good a value for the dollar that I could find. The staff is outstanding and the vehicle is even better.


First car I’ve ever owned that is smarter than me!

5/28/21 I traded my limited edition 4wd gas chugging Ford explorer in for a gas saver. I chose the burnt orange color to match the orange stitching that was in all the SRs I saw. It’s beautiful and glittery. The seats are so comfy. The steering wheel has paddle shifters like a race car. It accelerates so well and passing cars in a 1/8 mile passing zone is a breeze. The blind spot warning feature is so awesome. Backup camera is a beautiful image. If I hit the white line, the car asks me if I need a coffee break. If a car is stopping in front of me but I don’t slow down, It slows me down itself. No rear ending anybody in an Altima sr that’s for sure. I went from putting $20-$25 a day in my tank to filling up one a week! I’m excited and eager to see what else she can do !!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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