The 2021 Nissan Altima is still at the beginning of its most recent redesign cycle, which means buyers have access to the latest tech and safety features. Nissan rebuilt the popular Altima from the ground up in 2019, adding sportier exterior styling and combining fuel efficiency with performance to deliver a next-generation sedan that buyers will love.
The Altima is a versatile midsize sedan with a wallet-friendly starting price of $24,300. But if it's luxury you're after, a trip through the extensive trim lineup will get you there. The $34,100 top-of-the-line Altima Platinum combines impressive performance with an equally impressive interior. You'll find leather seating, a nine-speaker Bose Audio System, and built-in navigation among the many standard luxury features.
The Altima's diverse lineup of trims allows buyers to find a price point and list of features that work for their lifestyle and budget. All-wheel drive is even available for bad-weather handling, along with a high-performance turbocharged engine that turns the Altima into a surprisingly fast sports sedan. It's this versatility that sets the Altima apart from other midsize sedans in its category. Even the base model offers plenty of standard features, including driver-assist safety technology that's designed to keep occupants safe while on the road.
With comfortable seating for five and 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, the Altima is exceptionally roomy for its size. Both front and rear-seat passengers have spacious seating with plenty of headroom and legroom, while the standard 60/40 split rear seat adds even more space for larger cargo whenever you need it. Whether you're shopping for affordability or high-end luxury, Nissan has you covered with the 2021 Altima.
The Altima comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 188 hp. It's combined with Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is designed to offer enhanced efficiency and a smoother ride. The technology features flexible gear ratios, which means it can adapt gear changes on the fly to deliver a smoother transition at variable speeds. Whereas a traditional automatic transmission has a number of fixed gears (and you can feel them when the car shifts from gear-to-gear), the CVT technology has a single variable gear that can smoothly change gear ratios as needed. It's not so much what you feel as it is what you don't feel.
If additional performance is what you're after, opt for the available VC-Turbo engine. Nissan spent 20 years developing its one of a kind VC technology, which works by dynamically varying compression ratios, which is an improvement over traditional engines that operated with a fixed compression ratio. In layman's terms, it means the engine can strike the perfect balance between power and efficiency at any speed, delivering optimal output all the time. The VC-Turbo engine delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque while achieving fuel economy ratings of 25 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.
Are you looking for an all-weather performer? You don't have to buy a large SUV to stay safe on the road. The Altima has you covered with its available all-wheel drive system that adapts to road conditions instantaneously, distributing power intelligently among all four wheels to increase traction as needed. When the roads are good again, it automatically reverts to a front-wheel drive setting to optimize fuel economy. This gives drivers the confidence that comes from knowing that extra traction is always available whenever it's needed.
The 2021 Nissan Altima redefines tech, with convenience and infotainment features that rival any high priced European sedan. Beginning with an available Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control, Nissan demonstrates its commitment to technology. This remote start system not only starts the car, but it allows drivers to adjust the interior cabin temperature remotely so that the Altima is already comfortable when you slide into the driver's seat. And with available heated front seats and even a heated steering wheel, you will remain comfortable no matter the weather.
The Altima features a large 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, letting you seamlessly connect with your favorite streaming apps or display navigation right from your smartphone. Use Apple's Just Ask Siri or Android's Ask Google while to issue voice-activated commands while on-the-go. It's even Amazon Alexa-compatible, giving you access to music and other voice-activated features.
There's also an available 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display in the instrument cluster, which shows drivers what's playing on the Bluetooth audio, displays turn-by-turn directions, and digitally shows other vehicle information right between the speedometer and odometer. With the Altima's steering wheel controls, it's easy to switch views safely while driving. Combined with the infotainment touchscreen, the 7-inch display turns the Altima's dashboard into a digital command center.
You can also opt for NissanConnect Services, an app-based communication hub that you can access on your smartphone to communicate with your Altima. This gives you features such as remote locking and unlocking, remote start, remote lights, and more using nothing more than your phone. The system's Automatic Collision Notification even calls emergency services to your location when it detects airbag deployment, and you can set alerts for young drivers to restrict distance, set speed limits, or schedule a curfew.
Nissan Safety Shield 360 is designed to provide bumper-to-bumper driver-assist safety systems that keep occupants safe and use technology - like radar and sensors - to mitigate collisions. Every Altima is available with Nissan Safety Shield 360, and it's standard on all Altima trims except the base S (however, even the S still comes standard with plenty of advanced safety technologies).
The Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assist systems includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, which will automatically apply the brakes when it senses a collision is imminent or when it detects a pedestrian venturing into the vehicle's lane of travel. Rear automatic braking helps drivers avoid bumping into something when backing up, and rear cross traffic alert expands the detection zone to include vehicles approaching from the rear left or rear right of the Altima when it is reversing.
Blind spot warning and lane departure warning are also part of the driver-assist package. They work similarly, with blind spot warning alerting you if a vehicle enters your blind spot while you're trying to change lanes, while lane departure warning alerts you if your car drifts out of its lane when the turn signal isn't engaged. Also included is high beam assist, which automatically switches between low- and high-beam settings to optimize night vision and eliminate the need for inconvenient manual adjustments.
ProPILOT Assist is Nissan's intelligent cruise control system. ProPILOT Assist works by detecting the distance between you and the vehicle ahead, automatically adjusting speed to maintain a consistent and safe following distance. It can even bring your Altima to a complete stop in heavy traffic situations. However, ProPILOT Assist is more than just active cruise control - it also applies gentle steering inputs to keep you in your intended lane of traffic through straightaways and gentle curves.