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2021 Nissan Altima: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 16, 2020

Model Preview

In 2019, the Nissan Altima got an all-new, sportier look that better aligned it with its big brother, the Maxima. Along with this revamped design came a potent engine option and available all-wheel drive. With this new design still fresh, we expect the 2021 Nissan Altima to be a carryover model.

As a carryover sedan, we expect the 2021 Nissan Altima to continue with the same design it gained in 2019. This redesign brought in a longer hood, wheelbase and body, a coupe-like roofline, a wider V-motion grille, and more.

Inside, the new-generation Altima gained a clean design with a simple HVAC interface, a large dash-top infotainment system, and more. It also gained a dose of sportiness with the addition of a flat-bottom steering wheel. We expect this design to roll into the 2021 Altima with no notable changes.

Nissan Altima

The current Altima also boasts a long list of standard features, including 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, a six-speaker AM/FM audio system, a 7-inch driver information display, an 8-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. We expect this to remain the same in the 2021 Nissan Altima.

Powering the 2021 Altima will be the same two engine options, starting with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces up to 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a continuously variable transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. The optional engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This engine also mates with a CVT, but it comes only with front-wheel drive.

The current Altima is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to “Good” scores in all the crash tests and a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system. The only thing holding it from being a Top Safety Pick+ is its “Acceptable” headlight test. We expect the 2021 Altima to arrive with the same standard features and IIHS ratings.

Pricing & Release Date

The is no official arrival date for the 2021 Altima. Based on previous release schedules, we expect it to hit showrooms in the summer of 2020.

Pricing is also unknown, but with no changes on the docket, we expect it to remain close to the current model’s MSRP range of $25,025 to $36,105 (destination fees included).

This sporty midsize sedan will compete with the Chevy Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Subaru Legacy.

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