2021/06/18 | Test drive
The 2021 Nissan Altima Mid-Size Sedan: Top 5 of Its Class
There was a time when mid-size sedans were in high demand on the market. It was a popular category with a host of models that aspired to the top honours.
Today, the segment is less popular than it was, but it still generates a lot of attention because vehicles in it are consistently of excellent quality.
In fact, we're looking at some gems. Whether it's the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord, the Kia K5, the Subaru Legacy or the Nissan Altima, you don't make too many bad choices by opting for one from this quintet. However, the current generation of the 2021 Nissan Altima has a little je-ne-sais-quoi that makes it truly irresistible.
Let's take a look at its strengths by comparing them with those of its four main rivals. You'll quickly see why Nissan is ahead of the pack.
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Style That Everyone Agrees On
It is always perilous to judge the style of one model and declare it superior to another, because all tastes are in nature. However, there are what we call consensuses. In the case of the Altima, the consensus is that the current generation is the best looking in history.
Beyond that, however, it also stands out from its rivals aesthetically. Up front, Nissan's V-motion signature has more character than the Subaru Legacy's grille, for example, or the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord's twisted front ends. The Kia K5 also stands out advantageously, but you must like its more controversial lines.
Innovative Seat Design
It's rare that we compare the seats of one model with those of other vehicles, because the comfort of a bucket seat can vary depending on our body type. However, with Nissan products, one element comes into play, namely the innovative design behind the seats.
In fact, the company refers to its seats as "zero-gravity" units. This refers to the space where gravity is non-existent. Thus, it is thanks to the technologies developed by NASA that Nissan found its inspiration to create its seats. Without going into details, these are super comfortable seats, and above all, seats where you won't get tired, even after spending long hours behind the wheel.
You really have to try it out to understand the scope of the technology but enjoying a vehicle where the comfort of the seats is divine is priceless.
Needless to say, even though each of the Nissan Altima's competitors offers comfortable seating, none of the other cars in the Top 5 that we're interested in offer such welcoming seats.
With gas prices on the rise and always unpredictable, having a vehicle that is the most economical in its class is once again priceless. In this regard, the Altima offers an unbeatable fuel economy rating when compared to equivalent models from the competition.
On the highway, for example, it's rated at 6.5L/100km, but you can do even better. Only the Honda Accord offers the same rating, but without the all-wheel drive that comes standard with the Altima; no need to tell you where the advantage lies.
Of the models in our Top 5 that offer all-wheel drive, namely the Toyota Camry, Kia K5 and Subaru Legacy, the 2021 Nissan Altima has the best combined rating, at 7.9L/100km. When it gets beaten, it's because one of the rivals is front-wheel drive only.
The Altima Outshines Its Rivals
We could go on and on, and even if it were only for driving pleasure, the Nissan Altima would have no trouble eclipsing its rivals.
In short, it's a winning compromise that Nissan offers with this vehicle. Take the time to book a road test at your Alma Nissan dealer to find out for yourself; you'll realize just how much Nissan has done with the 2021 Altima sedan.