2021 Nissan Altima

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  • Overview

    A red 2021 Nissan Altima is angled left.

    With one of the best engines available in its class, all-wheel drive capabilities, and a remarkable selection of safety features, the 2021 Nissan Altima is more than meets the eye. On the surface, it may look like your average, everyday mid-size sedan, but underneath its shiny fenders lies one of the most dependable, confident, and functional vehicles on the market. For those who are seeking a car that offers up breakthrough technology, an impressively spacious interior, and all the options you're looking for marked by one of the most respected brands in the industry, the Altima offers more than just a capable ride.

    It offers top safety ratings, customized tech and connectivity features, and a world's first with its Variable Compression Turbo engine, making it not just a car but a legend. If you think the Nissan Altima is just another standard sedan, you may be shocked to find what's waiting for you beyond its humble exterior.

    Originally known as a trim option on one of Nissan's popular mid-size models, the Altima quickly became a version all its own when it emerged onto the U.S. market in 1992. Throughout its generations, a new type of sedan evolved and began to shape the industry, offering more tech features and safety options, and stepping out of its comfort zone with an impressive engine selection. As it shifted from its modest roots, Nissan began testing the waters with new ideas and designs, placing the Altima in a category of its own, separate from competitors like the Camry and Accord.

    It became quickly apparent that the Altima was different, and as the years went on, the differences just kept adding up to place the Altima at new levels. As you explore what makes the 2021 Nissan Altima more advanced than many of the other offerings in its class, see why more and more drivers continue to trust in this respected and dependable vehicle to get them through their commute.

    188 - 248

    Horsepower (HP)

    180 - 273

    Torque (lb-ft)


    Max Fuel Economy (mpg)

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  • Performance

    A red 2021 Nissan Altima is driving on a city street at night.

    The 2021 Nissan Altima isn't like the others. Known for having one of the 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems by Wardsauto and taking a new approach to your everyday driving needs, the Altima has been breaking boundaries since it rolled out onto the market decades ago. Discover all the reasons why the Altima's performance is like no other car on the road today.

    The Altima Engines

    Yes, the Altima boasts a world premiere, the Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine, which allows it to be more efficient than any of its competition. For over 20 years, Nissan engineers worked to design an engine that operated differently, and through these years of testing and research, the VC-Turbo was born. With the ability to utilize power and efficiency simultaneously, the VC-Turbo works through an adaptable compression ratio, unlike standard engines, which operate via a fixed compression ratio.

    With a fixed compression ratio, power and efficiency are equal, but with the VC-Turbo, these ratios are continually being changed to adapt to road conditions, driving habits, and more, resulting in much more competence, more power, and of course, more efficiency. Providing the Altima with 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the VC-Turbo offers a high-performance ride without the unrealistic price tag, and with excellent gas mileage of 25 MPG (city) and 34 MPG (highway), you'll save even more at the pump.

    The 2021 Nissan Altima is also available in a 2.5L four-cylinder, offering up 188 horsepower, which comes standard and can be paired with its all-wheel drive system. Unfortunately, the VC-Turbo is not offered in all-wheel drive. The standard engine impresses with its gas mileage, getting 28 MPG (city) and 39 MPG (highway), making it a capable and efficient engine as well.

    More Altima Capabilities

    The Altima is more than just your run-of-the-mill sedan. With advanced driver technology via its Nissan Intelligent Mobility system, the Altima is able to take on any driving condition safely and smoothly. Active Ride Control helps keep your ride controlled in rough conditions, while Hill Start Assist provides the help you need to avoid drifting backward on a hill. This paired with its capable handling and responsive steering, make the Altima that much more remarkable, and with your choice of superior engines, you're able to get the Altima that works best for you. Whether you're traversing bumpy roads or looking for ultimate efficiency on your commute, there's an Altima engine available for you.

    As you can see, the Nissan Altima is more than just a dependable sedan. It's powerful, efficient and offers you the options you desire when shopping for your next vehicle. When it comes to capabilities and performance, the Altima proves that it's not like all the others.

  • Interior

    The wheel and screen are shown in a 2021 Nissan Altima.

    There are a lot of mid-size sedans out there that offer unparalleled style, but few can boast that they're extremely functional as well. The 2021 Nissan Altima provides exquisite design paired with seamless functionality all within its impressive cabin. Learn how you can have it all in this versatile, comfortable, and beautiful vehicle.

    Interior Design & Cargo

    The Nissan Altima secures its place at the top with its immaculate interior design, which boasts options like heated front seats, a Bose premium audio system, a heated steering wheel, and intelligent climate control. With five trim levels, the Altima ensures that you'll find exactly what you're looking for, whether it's the elegant SL or the more basic S, and with customizable options, you're able to build the right Altima to suit your lifestyle. In addition to a fine variety of trim levels, the Altima also offers incredible options when it comes to cargo space, like 60/40-split second-row seating, a large trunk, and other innovative storage solutions throughout. This, paired with ample legroom both in the front and rear of the vehicle, help make the Altima a cozy ride, no matter what type of terrain you're tackling.

    Infotainment & Connectivity

    Ensure that you're staying in-the-know while traveling with the Altima's advanced connectivity options. Most trims come standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, which provides access to various apps to help keep you connected and on top of your day with ease. Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as navigation and the NissanConnect app are all at your service to help make your day less stressful and more productive. Through the app, you're able to sync your devices, like Alexa and Google, so that you're able to effortlessly control your day, from unlocking the front door to starting your Altima, adjusting your home's temperature, and searching for various destinations. Make life easier so that you're able to focus on the road ahead.

    From its expertly-designed interior elements to all the ways you're able to stay connected during your travels, the Nissan Altima showcases superior design matched with extreme functionality. When you're looking for a comfortable, flexible, and intelligent solution for your commute, the Nissan Altima is ready to answer your call.

  • Safety

    A white 2021 Nissan Altima is driving on a snowy road toward a city.

    The Nissan Altima is known to be one of the most reliable vehicles on the market today due to its superior performance, efficient engines, and versatile design. In addition to all of this, the Altima boasts some of the most appealing safety ratings in its class, making it a top choice for those looking for a dependable vehicle solution. Let's explore why the 2021 Nissan Altima continues to be a popular choice for everyday driving and beyond.

    Supreme Safety Options

    The Altima has some bragging rights to take advantage of being an IIHS Top Safety Pick multiple years in a row and also scoring five out of five stars in NHTSA crash tests, and through a host of safety and driver-assist features, its stats just keep getting better. From options like Rear Automatic Braking to Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning to High Beam Assist, all available through Nissan Safety Shield 360, the Altima is equipped to keep you safe in any situation. Have eyes where you need them, and know that your Altima is staying alert for you with an impressive variety of standard and available safety features designed to keep you safe during any commute. Know what's going on all around you and get alerted when needed to avoid accidents so that you're able to arrive at your destination with confidence.

    Driver Assistance Technology

    Through the Altima's ProPILOT Assist technology, your ride just got easier. Whether you're traveling the open highway or navigating congested city streets, your Altima is always on the look-out with its Intelligent Around View Monitor. Be able to see the entire area surrounding your vehicle so that you're able to park easier, avoid obstacles and stay safer on your drive. And through other various driving aids, like Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Driver Awareness, you're able to stay informed of changing road conditions and get alerted when it's time to take a much-needed break.

    With a host of safety features, combined with helpful driver assist technology, the Nissan Altima proves that it's your perfect go-to everyday vehicle. Designed to out-perform the competition in safety, the Altima provides a smooth, secure ride so that you're able to travel without worry, no matter the length of your journey.

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