Considering that we are talking about a quite fresh model, it’s not easy to conclude that the 2021 Nissan Altima will most likely continue in the same way, without more important changes. The current generation of the popular mid-size sedan has been around since August 2018. Therefore, it is still fresh enough to compete with rivals like Camry and Accord. The current generation rides on a familiar D platform and has a lot of good things to offer.
The Altima is a spacious and comfortable sedan and that is its key characteristic. It offers a pretty smooth ride, while those who prefer sportier ride probably won’t like it. Also, we would like to see something more powerful under the hood, considering that the current model comes with four-cylinder engines only. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen. The 2021 Nissan Altima should arrive in a typical time of year and we don’t expect bigger price changes.
2021 Nissan Altima Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Nissan Altima definitely won’t change. The current generation is still fresh for modifications, so you may count on familiar look and driving characteristics. Visually, this model follows the brand’s design language entirely. You may count on the latest version of the Famous V Motion grille, which makes this sedan look very sporty.
Unfortunately, the Altima only looks sporty. Under the skin, you will find a chassis setup that is much more about the comfortable ride. This sedan is very smooth and feels perfect for longer trips. Still, it would be nice if we can see some version with a little bit stiffer setup, something with more direct handling, something that is much faster in corners. Such a version has been rumored but the company is still silent on this matter. More details should be known soon.
The cabin of 2021 Nissan Altima will definitely be a nice place to be in. First of all, there is plenty of legroom in both rows, so five adults can enjoy a comfortable ride with ease. Also, the Altima doesn’t have issues with the headroom in the second row, as it is the case with some rivals. Finally, the thing we have to mention is the quality of the seats. Nissan traditionally makes amazing seats, but these ones are probably the best in the class.
Also, the cargo area seems pretty decent in terms of the cargo space, as you may count on about 15.4 cubic feet. That’s pretty much a class-average number.
The overall interior quality seems good. Materials are fine, while the dashboard looks okay as well. Still, the rivals are better in these aspects, as there is still a couple of spots where you can find low-rent materials.
2021 Nissan Altima Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, the 2021 Nissan Altima will carry on with two familiar options. Base models will continue with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are more than okay for a daily driver. On the other side, those who won’t something peppier can opt for a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Dynamics with this engine are pretty good, though key competitors feel a little bit quicker.
One of the reasons may be a CVT gearbox. It isn’t the most attractive choice for those who prefer sporty ride but on the other side, fuel economy impressive. The base engine returns around 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. These are some of the best ratings among non-hybrid mid-size sedans. The optional turbo-four is also pretty good, as it returns around 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
This is the aspect where novelties are coming on a yearly basis, so the 2021 Nissan Altima may come with a couple of additions as well. Still, we don’t expect too many things to be changes. Base models currently come with tech goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free, and that already looks pretty decent. Additionally, you can get things like navigation, a premium audio system, HD radio etc.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. We would like to see a couple of additions in these aspects. Some of the potential candidates are currently-optional features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition etc.
2021 Nissan Altima Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Nissan Altima in a typical time of year, sometime in late 2020. When it comes to the price, base models currently go around 24.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future. If you prefer something bigger and more powerful, don’t forget to check the 2021 Nissan Maxima as well.