2021 Nissan Altima Platinum Model Drops 2.0-Liter VC Turbo Engine

  • Nissan has announced pricing for the 2021 Altima sedan, and the base price remains the same as the 2020 model, with the base S starting at $25,225.
  • The Platinum model has dropped the optional 2.0-liter VC Turbo engine, and the SR model now sits above the SV in the Altima lineup.
  • The 2021 Altimas are available at dealers now.

    Three years into its redesign, the Nissan Altima has stayed relatively the same, except Nissan is shuffling around its trim levels. For 2021, Nissan has dropped the more powerful 2.0-liter variable compression turbo engine from the Platinum model. The SR model is now above the SV in the lineup, making the order S, SV, SR, SL, and Platinum to match Nissan’s other sedans. The 2021 Altima’s base price remains the same at $25,225 for the S model, and the lineup tops out at $35,025 for the Platinum.

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    The base front-wheel-drive S model, which is powered by a sluggish 188-hp 2.5-liter inline-four and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), also receives a new driver-assist package, which includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automated emergency braking, and rear sonar. The SV, SR, and SL, which are also equipped with the 2.5-liter inline-four, can all be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. The SV starts at $26,325 ($27,725 with AWD), the SR at $27,125 ($28,525 with AWD), and the SL at $30,915 ($32,315 with AWD).

    We recently had an Altima Platinum in our long-term fleet, and that trim used to be available with both front- and all-wheel drive and the choice of either the 2.5-liter four-cylinder or Nissan’s more powerful 2.0-liter VC Turbo, which is the world’s first variable-compression production engine. For 2021, the Platinum is only available with the 2.5-liter and all-wheel drive, and it starts at $35,025. The SR is now the sole choice if you want the 236-hp 2.0-liter VC Turbo, and it starts at $31,575 with front-wheel drive.

    The 2021 Nissan Altima is available at dealerships in the U.S. now.

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