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2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
MSRP
$30,900
Invoice
$28,695
Average Price Paid
$30,900
201 listings nationwide

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L FWD
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2.0 SR FWD
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2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

The 2021 Nissan Altima is a popular midsize sedan now in the third year of its sixth generation of production. The Altima debuted as a 1993 model and has spent the decades nudged from ...

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L FWD
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  • Look and Feel 6
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 6
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Specs

2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
2021 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
29 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
36 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16.2 gal 15.8 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
236 hp @ 5,600 RPM
160 hp @ 5,700 RPM
Torque
267 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
184 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
8:1
10:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
1,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.31 in x 3.55 in
2.91 in x 3.4 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 5 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Side Barrier Driver 4 stars 4 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 3 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 4 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.8 in 41.5 in
Back Legroom 35.2 in 38.1 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.4 cu ft 15.7 cu ft
Maximum Payload 975 lbs --
Exterior
Length 192.9 in 194.2 in
Width 72.9 in 73 in
Height 56.8 in 57.9 in
Wheelbase 111.2 in 111.4 in

Available Options

2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat
  • Sunset Drift Chromaflair
  • Super Black
2021 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

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