2021 Nissan Altima

Original MSRP Range
$24,450 - $34,250
Available Style(s)
25 - 28 MPG City / 34 - 39 MPG Hwy
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2021 Nissan Altima

What We Like

  • Fuel efficient
  • Available AWD
  • Handsome styling
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (in all but the S)
  • 8-in infotainment screen (in all but the S)
  • Lots of standard safety features

What We Don't

  • No AWD VC-Turbo model
  • No Altima Hybrid
  • CVT is better, but it’s still a CVT


Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.1/ 5


What's New in the 2021 Nissan Altima?

For 2021, the VC-Turbo engine is available in only one Altima, the 2.0 SR. What’s more, the base S model gets pedestrian protection added to its automatic emergency braking, and a new Driver Assist Package on the S adds a blind-spot-alert and rear cross-traffic alert – two active safety technologies we find especially helpful. In other 2021 Altima news, the SV model now slots between the S and the SR, while the SL has been repositioned to make an Altima with a leather interior available for less than $30,000. Last, there’s a new SV Premium Package that includes a moonroof, LED turn signals, heated front seats, and a leather-covered steering wheel, plus adaptive cruise control with steering assist.   See the 2021 Nissan Altima models for sale.

How Much Does a 2021 Nissan Altima Cost?

The 2021 Nissan Altima S ($24,300) comes with 16-in steel wheels and cloth upholstery, plus pushbutton ignition, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, cruise control, and automatic emergency braking (now with pedestrian detection). On the Altima SV ($25,400), you get 17-in alloy wheels and an 8-way power driver’s seat, along with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, an 8-inch color display, LED headlamps, and a safety suite featuring a blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking. Equipped with AWD, the 2021 Nissan Altima SV costs $26,800. With its 19-in alloy wheels and tuned suspension, the Altima SR (FWD: $26,200; AWD: $27,600) is the sporty model. It comes with paddle shifters, sport seats, and a leather-covered steering wheel. The 2.0 SR ($30,650), the only Altima equipped with the VC-Turbo engine, adds a moonroof and heated front seats, plus outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. The Altima SL (FWD: $29,990; AWD: $31,390) abounds with standard equipment. In addition to leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and navigation, the Altima SL is equipped with a 9-speaker Bose audio system, acoustic front door glass, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and ProPilot assist; which builds on active cruise control with steering assistance. For 2021, the lineup is capped by the opulent Altima Platinum ($34,100) model, a decadent AWD version that builds on the SL with 19-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree monitor, interior accent lighting, and a driver’s seat with memory. Many Altima options are in packages. A new Driver Assist Package on the base Altima S includes a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, along with an 8-way power driver’s seat. At $475, the Driver Assist Package is a good deal. If you want adaptive cruise control on your midlevel Altima SV, order the $1,800 SV Premium Package. In addition to adaptive cruise control with active steering, the package includes a moonroof, LED turn signals, heated front seats, and a leather-covered steering wheel. The SR Premium Package ($1,200) is quite similar, featuring a moonroof, LED turn signals, and heated front seats, along with lumbar support for the driver’s seat. Among the available stand-alone options on the 2021 Nisan Altima are splash guards, premium paint, a rear spoiler (not on the S), and 17-inch alloy wheels. Priced as such, the 2021 Nissan Altima competes with proven players like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, plus others like the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, and Mazda6.

Altima Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Altima 2.0 SR Sedan$30,800 / $28,6954 Cylinder Turbo23625 / 34Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Altima 2.5 Platinum AWD Sedan$34,250 / $31,9044 Cylinder18225 / 35Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Altima 2.5 S Sedan$24,450 / $22,7904 Cylinder18828 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Altima 2.5 SL AWD Sedan$31,390 / $29,2444 Cylinder18225 / 35Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan$29,990 / $27,9424 Cylinder18828 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Altima 2.5 SR AWD Sedan$27,750 / $25,8594 Cylinder18225 / 35Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan$26,350 / $24,5584 Cylinder18828 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Altima 2.5 SV AWD Sedan$26,950 / $25,1164 Cylinder18226 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan$25,550 / $23,8134 Cylinder18827 / 37Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Nissan Altima Safety

Is the 2021 Nissan Altima a Safe Car?

The Nissan Altima has earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Even the base Altima, the S, has automatic emergency braking, and for 2021 it’s been supplemented with pedestrian protection. Safety Shield 360, Nissan’s safety suite, is standard on every Altima model above the S. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic alert (with braking), and automatic high-beam headlights. Also available: adaptive cruise control with low-speed stop-and-go functionality.
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5 Year Cost to Own

$44,287 ($0.59 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Safety Shield 360


2021 Nissan Altima vs the competition

2021 Toyota Camry -- The Toyota Camry is available with a powerful V6 and now AWD. You can also get a super-efficient Camry Hybrid. Made in Kentucky. 2021 Honda Accord – Roomy, sporty, efficient, reliable – that’s the Honda Accord, which is an entertaining sedan with two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines but no manual transmission. That’s right, for the first time since the Accord’s 1976 introduction, there will not be an Accord manual. Made in Ohio. 2021 Subaru Legacy -- The Legacy, all-new last year, competes with the AWD Altima. Subaru sells the Legacy with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a turbo 2.4, both with standard AWD and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Made in Indiana. 2021 Nissan Maxima -- The Altima's sportier, more luxurious big brother has a 300-hp V6 engine and a more upscale interior. But it’s only a 4-seater. The starting price of a Maxima is similar to that of an Altima Platinum. Made in Tennessee. Used Mercedes-Benz C300 – There are many low-mileage 2017 Mercedes-C300s available on Autotrader for less than $30,000. Look for a CPO version with a warranty. A Mercedes sedan for the price of a new Altima? That’s intriguing. Made in Alabama.

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