2021 Nissan Altima for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The 2021 Altima is a key member of the fuel-efficient and tech-laden Nissan lineup. This sharp-looking midsized sedan wears a few different hats, with versions ranging from a no-nonsense front-wheel drive base model to the weather-ready AWD version to the athletic VC-Turbo SR. Each incarnation of the ’21 Altima can be set up with a satisfying slate of standard safety features, state-of-the art technologies for both driving and connectivity, and upscale interior comforts.
While all-wheel drive availability is a rarity for vehicles in this segment, the variable-compression turbocharged (VC-Turbo) engine for the SR is a Nissan exclusive. Unlike most engines with a fixed compression ratio, the VC-Turbo is constantly adjusting to find the ideal balance between the lower compression ratio for maximum performance and the higher compression ratio for more efficiency at cruising speed. For 2021, the Altima’s trim lineup has been shuffled. The SR is now recognized as the mid-level trim, where it previously was the SV. The SV has been bumped down a rung and gets a slightly lower starting price. It can be ordered with the all-new SV Premium Package, however, to add some top-notch amenities.
Trims and Powertrain
The five trim levels of the 2021 Nissan Altima are the S, SV, SR, SL, and Platinum. Most of them get the base engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (188 hp and 182 lb.-ft. of torque) mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The SR is eligible for the VC-Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with its attention-getting 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (with premium fuel; with regular unleaded it makes 236 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque). While front-wheel drive is the default, Nissan’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is available for all Altima versions except the S and VC-Turbo SR. AWD is standard on the Platinum.
According to EPA estimates, the S trim returns a very attractive 28 mpg around town and 39 mpg on the highway, owed in part to the standard active grille shutters, which increase aerodynamics at higher speeds. The FWD SV, the SR with the base engine, and the SL get 27 city/37 highway. If the SV and SL are configured with AWD, this changes to 26 city/36 highway. The AWD SR and the Platinum both achieve 25 city/35 highway. The zesty VC-Turbo SR is rated for 25 city/34 highway – good numbers for a performance-oriented powertrain.
Comfort and Convenience
The base S is provided with remote start, automatic halogen headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition, piano-black trim, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, and a rearview camera. The SV yields LED headlights and daytime running lights; the optional SV Premium Package will add a driver’s seat with power lumbar support, side mirrors with integrated LED turn-signal indicators, a moonroof, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard on the SR, but the remaining niceties can be added through the SR Premium Package, which also includes heated side mirrors. The SR also gets trim-specific style accents, carbon-fiber interior trim, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a more engaging ride.
The SR with the VC-Turbo receives the SR Premium Package’s features as standard, along with active noise-canceling technology. The SL returns the piano-black trim and also gets the items from the SR Premium Package, plus LED fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, back-seat air vents, remote start with Intelligent Climate Control, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and wood trim. The Platinum is loaded with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal transceiver, interior accent lighting, and memory functions for the driver’s seat and side mirrors.
Safety and Technology
All 2021 Altimas are equipped with a series of standard and optional driver aids through Nissan’s Safety Shield 360. This includes ProPilot Assist (adaptive cruise control), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (which monitors the vehicle ahead of the one immediately in front of you), automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and Intelligent Driver Alertness (helps monitor driver fatigue and sounds a warning to keep you focused). Blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, and rear parking sensors are all available within the Driver Assist Package. These features are standard on the SV, which also gets Intelligent Trace Control (applies the brakes automatically to help keep the vehicle stable during cornering). The SL receives traffic sign recognition, while the Platinum adds a surround-view camera system.
The S gets an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary input jack, and a USB port. The SV upgrades its system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, and satellite radio. The SL adds navigation and a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system.
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