Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima

2021 Nissan Altima

Pros: Good road manners; available all-wheel drive; performance of available turbocharged engine

Cons: Passenger room is average at best; stingy small-item storage space

CG Says: The 2021 Nissan Altima shuffles its model lineup. The SR model is priced above SV and the SR is now the only model to offer the variable-compression turbo engine. Previously, the turbo was also available for the topline Platinum model. Now Platinum comes only with the base engine and all-wheel drive. The Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan that was redesigned for 2019. (Nissan also sells a sportier and more expensive Maxima midsize sedan.) Altima’s base engine is a 188-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 248-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with Nissan’s variable-compression-ratio technology is available in SR trim. Both engines are paired with a CVT automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is offered with the base 2.5-liter engine. Available safety features include forward-collision warning/mitigation, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, driver drowsiness alert, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, 360-degree camera display, and Easy Fill Tire Alert. Also available is Nissan’s ProPilot Assist, a driver-assistance system that combines adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, road-lane-marking recognition, and lane-centering automatic steering assist (though the driver’s hands must remain on the steering wheel). The Nissan Altima comes up a bit short in interior room compared to some midsize-sedan class rivals, but its tech features and available turbo engine make it a worthwhile competitor nonetheless. The availability of all-wheel drive is another strong draw in this segment; the Subaru Outback and Legacy, and the soon-to-depart Ford Fusion, are the only other class rivals that offer it.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2.5 S: $25,225
2.5 SV: $26,325
AWD 2.5 SV: $27,725
2.5 SR: $27,125
AWD 2.5 SR: $28,525
VC-T SR: $31,575
2.5 SL: $30,915
AWD 2.5 SL: $32,315
AWD 2.5 Platinum: $35,025

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (2.5)
Horsepower
188
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-39

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (VC-T)
Horsepower
248
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Nissan Altima
2021 Nissan Altima
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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