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If you’re eyeing the midsize sedans for 2021, you more than likely also have an eye on the 2021 Nissan Altima. This popular sedan got a facelift in 2019 and continues to impress in many circles. But selecting your trim and equipment means first knowing what all is available in 2021. We did the heavy lifting for you. You’ll be thrilled to learn just how easy picking your 2021 Nissan Altima trim really is. If you know what you want, and maybe even what you don’t want, the choice of trim is a walk in the park.

What are the 2021 Nissan Altima trims?

The 2021 Nissan Altima’s standard engine configuration is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, capable of harnessing 188 hp, and it’s a front-wheel-drive sedan. But there’s more. Edmunds lays out all five available trims, and with a few of them, a powertrain upgrade is available. Choose from the S, the SV, the SR, the SL, or the Platinum.

Should you land on the SV, the SR, or the SL, you can select the all-wheel-drive model. Platinum level trims come with the AWD standard. And if you want more engine power, you can experience the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 236 hp in the SR trim.

Why picking a Nissan Altima trim is easy

The Edmunds team says the base level trim is very basic. And they like the turbocharged engine, unfortunately only available on the SR trim. But in the end, the trim choice is easy for most consumers who will appreciate the extensive roster of standard features that come with the SV level trim.

Making the SV trim even more attractive is the Safety Shield 360 platform of driver aids. It’s not available on the very entry-level S trim. It does, however, come standard with every other version of the Altima.

The base-level S trim also gets the smaller, 5-inch infotainment display. All other trims enjoy a much larger, 8-inch touchscreen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Selecting the SV trim also allows an additional package of premium extras. The SV Premium Package includes a sunroof, heated seats, and the ProPilot Assist tech.

Other amenities you’ll love about the 2021 Nissan Altima

MotorTrend weighs in with reviews of the 2021 Nissan Altima and points to great fuel economy. The optional ProPilot Assist feature is also earning big points among consumers. This semi-autonomous tech comes standard with the SL and Platinum and optional for the SV. 

Making the Nissan Altima an even better option for consumers is its robust list of standard driver assistance features and focus on safety. Performing well in crash tests, the Altima is a Top Safety Pick+ this year with the IIHS and also earned a five-star safety endorsement from the NHTSA.

The overall verdict to help you make your decision


Why the IIHS Is a Big Fan of the 2021 Nissan Altima

Choosing a trim for your 2021 Nissan Altima is easy if you want the turbocharged engine since it’s only available on the SV. If having AWD on your sedan is a priority, you’ve narrowed your selection to the top four trims. In the end, critics like Car and Driver say trim compatibility restrictions for some of these features is a setback. But for the average consumer, keeping things simple makes picking the trim a little easier. 

Ultimately, the Nissan Altima performs well and offers a spacious interior experience and efficient powertrains. And in your quest for a new midsize sedan this year, picking your trim should be relatively easy. The SV trim is a slam-dunk decision for some, and it may be for you too.