2021 Nissan Altima review

New 2021 Nissan Altima Release Date, Specs & Info

Completely new for the upcoming year is the 2021 Nissan Altima design which features a much needed refresh which is going to keep the car competitive on the market still. The Altima did not start as strong as it is today as it needed to fight for its position on the already congested midsize segment market. The popularity started to gain and everything was built up from the 2013 model when Nissan employed a redesign which turned everything for the Altima.

This is going to be the continuation of the fifth-generation of the Altima which has started in 2013 with the legendary redesign that the car has been given. The introduction of the Nissan D platform was the mark of success and the model to go one step beyond even with the fact that it fell behind its rivals in points of sales as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord sold more cars. But the Altima actually made a later push and managed to outsell these models in a spectacular turnaround.

The Nissan Altiam is characterized by having a well balanced and comfortable interior with a smooth and quiet ride of the car. The favorable fuel economy is also one thing that makes the car desirable and the 2021 model promises to do more than that and bring in a fresh look and set of features for the car. Actually, this redesign is part of Nissan’s strategy which sees it remodeling their entire lineup giving them all new faces. It is also connected with the rivaling vehicles which have also announced an update that gives their models and extensive change.

You will be satisfied to know that a lot of the future Altima is actually borrowed form the current Nissan Maxima and the former Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. The refresh promises to do only good things for the brand and you can see it for yourself come release date which is scheduled for the end of this year or read about it before hand in the review in front of you.

2021 Nissan Altima exterior


Generally speaking, the 2021 Nissan Altima has retained its overall shape and size, but there are still a lot of additions that make the car different. Much of that is owed to the front end of the car which has gone through majority of the changes. Almsot everything besides the hood has been reshaped. Now there is a V-shaped grille placed instead of the old one as it resembles the Maxima model now and there are new headlights incorporated here as well. Below we see a muscular bumper with new foglamps and a center section that has a similar look as the grille has.

The rear end features changes which have been expected out of a mid-cycle refresh. Although pretty subtle, they are still there and make a good change for the car. The taillights have ne graphics added and the design also extends towards the trunk lid. There is a revised chrome trim added and also a new spoiler featured as well. The bumper also spots a much more crisper design with a couple of creases placed beneath the taillights as well. The profile remains the same as they decided to keep the nice beltline from before which is unarguably the best part of the car.

Other additions include the 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels  which are machined finished and a new color choices, dubbed the Deep Blue Pearl.

Available trims

The newest version of the 2021 Nissan Altima is going to come with its respective trim offers. Beside the base version there are several option to chose from as the S, SV and SL are making a comeback with the added option this year of the ST model trim.


2021 Nissan Altima interior

The previous Altima has received some criticism about the design of its inside, but the 2021 Nissan Altima sees to fix all of the mistakes done by the previous models. If you are competing and a competitive segment like this one there are bound to be some mistakes, but when you manage to fix those mistakes correctly it can only bring your car to a different level. The changes of the 2021 version start with a redesigned center stack. The steering wheel has been refined and there are some extra cup holders added for convinces. The Zero Gravity seats have been kept for this model as well but have been updated with new materials which are a lot softer.

The SR trim actually expands the base offer and gives more things to get happy about. It receives blue accents on the inside which you can see on the door panels, steering wheel and seats, while the steering wheel and the shifter have been wrapped in premium leather. The sedan offers us the use of a  five- or seven-inch display for the NissanConnect SM and there is also the NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps available as well.

Engine specs

It appears that the powertrain of the 2021 Nissan Altima version is going to remain unchanged. The model is going to transfer the engine choices from before as they have deiced that a mid-cycle refresh does not need the strain of changing the engines. You will have the option of choosing between the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engines, with the former one making  182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and the latter 270 horses and 251 pound-feet of torque. You can get both of the engines with a Xtronic CVT transmission which also adds  new shift logic which results in a more responsive acceleration from the car.

2021 Nissan Altima engine


Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.3 in. (109.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.9 in. (191.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0 in. (72 in.)
Passenger volume: 102 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 15.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3197 lbs.
Top Speed: 115-130 mph
0-60: 6.1-7.7 sec
MPG: 27/39 mpg(city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Java Metallic, Pearl White, Storm Blue, Super Black…
Towing Capacity: N/A


The safety features for the upcoming 2021 Nissan Altima are going to be mainly carried over from the previous car, which is not unnecessarily a bad thing. You get  front and rear head airbags, side-mounted airbags, dual front, rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, and also a lot of driving aids to assist you. The best parts of the safety system is the addition of a Moving Object Detection,  Blind Spot Warning, Tire Pressure Monitoring,  Lane Departure Warning, RearView Monitor and Smart Auto Headlights. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  has given the newest Altima their top safety rating so you can feel more than safe in this car.

Our view

The boost of sales last year has paved a way for the 2021 Nissan Altima but also set a goal for it to do so much better. With this redesign we thing that it is more than possible that the Altima is going to make much more sales compared to last year. The model is certainly going to pass the Honda Accord this year as the newest model is pretty spectacular looking. The design is opening so much opportunities now and its sporty appearance is just what the latest model needs to record better sales. The addition of a new SR trim is also a successful addition which expands the offer from the Altima. Perhaps the only downfall is that there are no new engines or updated made to it, but the act that it is still competitive in terms of power with the competition means that the new engines offer was not needed. It may does not have the spectacular style as its Maxima sibling but great fuel economy and interior style make up or this fact.

Release date and price

The latest 2021 Nissan Altima is going to have its release date this year and is going to appear in November, although it is still labeled as a 2021 design. The price list has already been released and you can expect to get the base version at a price of $22,500 USD as base MSRP. The new SR version is going to be priced $24,470 USD while the highest price is $32,090 USD for the SL trim.

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