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, the 2021 Nissan Altima will be a carryover model.
As a carryover sedan, the 2021 Nissan Altima will 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.
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.
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 2020 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.
Pictured: 2020 Nissan Altima