Sedans & Coupes

Avoid the Nissan Altima and Choose One of These Alternatives Instead

The Nissan Altima isn’t the most exciting sedan. In fact, this year’s model is rather unremarkable. It’s not quite as stylish as the Mazda6 and not nearly as alluring as the Honda Accord. Those aren’t the only alternatives to the Nissan Altima worth your attention either. So if you aren’t ready to settle for this unremarkable sedan? Don’t worry. You don’t have to.

A silver 2021 Nissan Altima parked in the shade
2021 Nissan Altima | Nissan

The Mazda6 is a stylish alternative to the Nissan Altima

According to Kelley Blue Book, there’s a lot to like about the new Mazda6, especially if you’re after a stylish alternative to the Nissan Altima. Kelley Blue Book reports that this year’s model delivers both “an upscale look” along with a feeling that “transcends its segment.” Kelley Blue Book added that its interior is just as elegant, particularly when opting for a more well-outfitted trim level. 

Perhaps the only reason to skip the Mazda6 in favor of the Nissan Altima is if you need all-wheel drive. While both of these sedans come standard with front-wheel drive, only the Altima can be had with all-wheel drive. But if you don’t need an all-wheel drive sedan? This year’s new Mazda6 is certainly worth checking out. 

The 2021 Mazda6 parked in the shade
2021 Mazda6 | Mazda

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The Honda Accord is an alluring alternative to the Nissan Altima

As we mentioned, the Nissan Altima is pretty unremarkable. It’s not the most stylish, and according to Car and Driver, it is simply good but not, by any means, great. But the Honda Accord? Well, it’s basically a permanent fixture on Car and Driver’s 10Best list. With such a glowing recommendation, the Honda Accord makes for a pretty alluring alternative to the Nissan Altima. 

Car and Driver isn’t the only one signing the Accord’s praises either. In fact, Consumer Reports gave this year’s model some pretty high marks too. It earned an 84 overall score, along with a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. It also earned an 89 overall score in Consumer Report’s road tests. 

As for the Nissan Altima? It does have the edge in terms of predicted reliability. According to Consumer Reports, this year’s model also earned an 80 overall score. It earned a two out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating too, which is pretty unimpressive compared to the Accord’s score.

2021 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T on the road in silver
2021 Honda Accord Touring | Honda

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The Toyota Camry is a near-perfect alternative to the Nissan Altima

Now, Consumer Reports didn’t give this year’s new Altima the worst scores. But, there’s really no denying that a two out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating is disappointing. Fortunately, much like the Honda Accord, there’s another alternative to the Nissan Altima that earned a higher predicted owner satisfaction rating.

A dark-colored 2021 Toyota Camry XSE Blueprint midsize sedan parked on the roof of a building in a city
2021 Toyota Camry XSE | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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Take, for example, the Toyota Camry. Consumer Reports gave this year’s model an 88 overall score. It also gave the new Camry an 86 overall score in road tests, along with a five out of five predicted reliability rating and a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. If you’re shopping for a near-perfect alternative to the Nissan Altima, those scores are pretty hard to argue with.