2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
As Nissan transitioned the Altima from the 2020 to the 2021 version, it made a few changes. First, it took the turbo engine away from the Platinum model so that it's now only available on the SR trim. Going along with this, the SR has become a more premium model than the SV. Previously, this order was reversed.
In accordance with its move down the lineup, the SV has lost some of its higher-end features. To compensate for this, its price is now more affordable. There is a new Premium package that can be added to the SV. It comes with adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, and more.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
There are a lot of options to choose from with the Nissan Altima. The S is the base model, and it's equipped with 16-inch wheels, several advanced safety components, and a seven-inch touchscreen. On the SV, that screen is enhanced to one that measures eight inches and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is likely going to be significant for many consumers. The SV is also upgraded with 17-inch wheels and LED headlights.
Some of the mid-level options are the SR and SL. The SL has the same type of wheels as the SV does, but the SR has 19-inch ones that look more impressive. In many ways, the SR feels more aggressive and athletic, as it has paddle shifters, an upgraded suspension, and a dark chrome grille. In the SL, several luxury elements are found, such as a Bose premium sound system and leather seats. The SL has heating elements in its front seats and steering wheel.
The main way in which the SR VC-Turbo is distinct from the other is that it uses a variable compression (VC) turbo engine. The SR VC-Turbo has some similar features to the SR, along with a power moonroof.
At the top of the lineup is the Platinum. It has the best technology, with a 360-degree camera view, a rearview mirror that can automatically dim, and a system that remembers a driver's preferred positions for his/her seat and the side mirrors. In its cabin, there is a wood-tone trim to add an air of elegance.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The SR VC-Turbo is the most powerful Altima, so it should be considered if anyone really loves the idea of driving a sporty and fast sedan. Otherwise, the other trims are all good options. However, since the S doesn't have smartphone compatibility, it's less likely to attract the eye of potential buyers.
Since Nissan has made several trims of the 2021 Altima, people have an opportunity to find exactly what they're looking for. The Platinum would appeal to those with luxury tastes, with the SL close behind it. The SL has excellent value, and the SR has a more bold personality that some people may enjoy.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
One will find either a seven-inch or an eight-inch touchscreen in a Nissan Altima. The base model has the smaller touchscreen, and it has voice recognition and Bluetooth so that people don't have to take their hands off the wheel. The SV and higher trims have the addition of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM.
With some of the higher trims, a driver could take advantage of door-to-door navigation as he/she tries to find a new place. SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link can provide useful information regarding road conditions.
How Does It Perform?
Two engines are available with this Nissan sedan. What's found in almost all of the trims is a 2.5-liter engine with four cylinders. It can pump out 188 horsepower. Nissan has paired this engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available in case someone predicts that he/she will have to deal with slippery conditions on occasion.
The other Altima engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder. It has a displacement of two liters and has the same type of transmission as the standard version. With this engine, which is exclusively available on the SR, there is nearly 250 horsepower. This is a considerable improvement over what the other engine can do, and it takes the excitement of driving an Altima to a whole new level. A sport-tuned suspension improves overall handling, but note that all-wheel drive is not offered in conjunction with this engine.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Potential customers will be happy to hear that the 2021 Nissan Altima comes with a full suite of driver-assist systems. They include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. This means that the car can predict when it's about to hit another car or a pedestrian, and it can sense when it's veering out of position. In any of these situations, the driver will be alerted and prompted to take action. As appropriate, the Altima can correct steering or hit the brakes in an effort to prevent an accident.
Most trims have a few extra safety components. Blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning can be integrated into the Altima to give people an extra pair of eyes. With available rear automatic braking, it's less likely that someone will accidentally back up into an object.
What's the Interior Like?
The Altima feels fairly spacious, especially in the front seat. It has up to 43.8 inches of leg room in the front. In the back, things are slightly smaller with 35.2 inches of leg room.
It's nice that Nissan has made a power-adjustable driver's seat a standard component in the Altima. Many trims also have power-adjustable seats in the front-passenger's position, as well as heated front seats. The Altima could even have a heated steering wheel. Cloth, sport cloth, and leather are the options for seating upholstery.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Other cars that may be competing with the 2021 Nissan Altima for attention are the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Legacy.
Note: All Nissan Altima lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.