2021 Nissan Altima: A Trim Comparison

a red 2019 nissan altima

The Nissan Altima is a solid mid-size sedan that offers comfort, without the expense of a luxury car. It’s similar to the Maxima, but a little smaller, and not quite as posh.

Nissan Altima Trim Comparison

Still, it has a distinctly upscale vibe that makes it stand out on its own, especially since its 2019 redesign. The hardest part of buying the awesome new 2021 Nissan Altima is choosing between the eight different options.


The 2021 Nissan Altima S has a starting MSRP of $24,350. It’s equipped with a 188-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive powertrain. Its fuel economy ratings are 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. It also comes with Bluetooth capabilities, Siri Eyes Free, intelligent auto headlights, and Nissan Intelligent Key for quick and easy access to your vehicle. The Altima S also has cruise control, which is essential for long drives.

Cabin features that the driver will appreciate include an 8-inch touchscreen display with Nissan Connect and an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Safety features include intelligent forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.


The 2021 Nissan Altima SR starts at $26,250 for a FWD powertrain. The engine is the same as the Altima S. On the exterior, the Altima SR upgrades the wheel size to 19-inch aluminum-alloy from 16 inches. Inside, the steering wheel is leather-wrapped, the shift knob is leather-wrapped, and paddle shifters are added with manual mode. For extra sportiness, Nissan added a seat cloth seat trim and carbon fiber-look trim. The exterior comes with LED headlights with signature and dark chrome V-Motion grille.


The 2021 Nissan Altima SV starts at $28,080 for a front-wheel-drive powertrain. The Altima SV features ProPILOT assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and intelligent lane intervention. Those safety upgrades are more than enough to justify the higher price over the other trims. In addition to the added safety features, the Altima SV has 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a power sliding glass moonroof. New for this model are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as part of the 8-inch touch display infotainment system.


The 2021 Nissan Altima SL starts at $29,990 and feels much more luxurious than the previous model for one reason: leather-appointed seats. This price level is for the front-wheel-drive powertrain, and the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that has an output of 188 horsepower makes a return.

The inside has a few other upgrades that make the Altima SL worth the cost, including dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and navigation. The best upgrade is the addition of a Bose Premium Audio System with nine speakers including woofers. Additionally, you’ll get safety features like , traffic sign recognition, and fog lights.


At a starting MSRP of $34,150, buyers can opt for the 2021 Nissan Altima Platinum. It includes the same engine as the other Altima trims, but the drivetrain is upgraded to standard all-wheel-drive. A couple of upgrades that the Altima Platinum includes are driver’s memory seat and 360-degree parking camera system. This provides a virtual 360° bird’s-eye view of the car so that drivers can maneuver into and out of parking spaces with ease. Interior accent lighting is also standard on this trim level.

(Featured image via Nissan.)