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

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2021 Nissan Maxima
Platinum FWD
MSRP
$42,320
Invoice
$39,497
Average Price Paid
$42,090
174 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
Fair Price
$31,178
Good Price
$29,562
Great Price
$28,638
2021 Nissan Maxima
Platinum FWD
Fair Price
$42,135
Good Price
$40,417
Great Price
$39,434

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

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 ...

2021 Nissan Maxima
Platinum FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

The 2021 Nissan Maxima celebrates 40 years on sale, making it one of the oldest Japanese automotive nameplates in continuous use. While it’s impressive for any model to survive four de...

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

Specs

2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
2021 Nissan Maxima
Platinum FWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission 7-Speed CVT
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16.2 gal 18 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
236 hp @ 5,600 RPM
300 hp @ 6,400 RPM
Torque
267 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
261 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
8:1
10.6:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.31 in x 3.55 in
3.76 in x 3.2 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 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 4 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 4 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player -- Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.8 in 45 in
Back Legroom 35.2 in 34.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.4 cu ft 14.3 cu ft
Maximum Payload 975 lbs 949 lbs
Exterior
Length 192.9 in 192.8 in
Width 72.9 in 73.2 in
Height 56.8 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 111.2 in 109.3 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 Nissan Maxima
Platinum FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Carnelian Red Tintcoat
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Ruby Slate Gray Pearl W/Black Roof
  • Sunset Drift Chromaflair
  • Super Black
  • [E10-1] Premium Paint - Pearl White
  • [E10-2] Premium Paint - Carnelian Red

Option Packages

  • [K01] 40TH Anniversary Package

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