This midsize sedan remains a strong seller.
Although Ford recently explained in more detail why it eliminated its entire North American sedan lineup, Nissan has absolutely no intention of doing the same. The Japanese automaker has just revealed pricing and other relevant details for the 2021 Nissan Altima. The current sixth-generation is now in its third model year, so this isn't considered a mid-life facelift. However, Nissan has tweaked a few trims and updated pricing that potential buyers will want to know about.
The 2021 Altima S front-wheel-drive will begin at $24,300, not including the $925 destination and handling fee. That's a $200 increase over last year.
However, it appears the base S trim equipped with Nissan's Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system is no longer available. Higher trims also see slight price increases though nothing significant.
Nissan says it has repositioned the SR trim above the SV, making the new trim lineup as such: S, SV, SR, SL, and Platinum. This was done in order to bring the Altima in line with the brand's other sedans' trim structures. Once again, two engines are available: a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder with direct injection rated at 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive, except for the previously noted S trim, is available for SV, SR, and SL for an additional $1,400.
The second engine is the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo inline-four with 236 hp and 267 lb-ft, although it's only available on the $36,650 SR VC-Turbo FWD trim. Both engines continued to be paired to a CVT. The Altima Platinum comes standard with AWD.
Additional updates for 2021 include the optional SV Premium Package with a moonroof, heated front seats, and Intelligent Lane Intervention, and the new Driver Assist Package for the S base model. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, intelligent forward collision warning, and driver alertness.
The highly regarded Intelligent Mobility technology remains optional and includes ProPilot Assist and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Also optional is Safety Shield 360 with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, radar-based blind-spot warning, and high beam assist, among other technologies. Platinum grades come with Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor as standard.
Expect the 2021 Nissan Altima to arrive in dealerships any day now.