If you're a driver near St. Charles or St. Louis, Missouri, chances are you know how exhilarating and fuel efficient the 2021 Nissan Altima is. It's also important to know which trim level you want for driving through O'Fallon and Saint Peters, MO. It'll help ensure that you're getting the combination of features you need.

To help you through your car-buying journey, our team here at St. Charles Nissan created this guide to the 2021 Nissan Altima trims. Keep reading to see what you'll get with each!

Trim levels include:

  • S and SV
  • SR and SL
  • SR VC-Turbo™ and Platinum

Standard Features for Every Trim

The base trim of the Nissan Altima is the S. It comes equipped with the 2.5L DOHC Direct Injection Gasoline™ 4-cylinder engine, which produces 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It's paired up with the standard Xtronic CVT® that'll give you a smooth ride with seamless shifting power. Monitor your performance on the 5-inch multi-function information display that shows you your gas mileage and the speed you're going. This trim, paired with FWD, offers incredible gas mileage of an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG.1

When it comes to keeping you comfortable, there's the standard 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and air conditioning for your cabin.

Adding to the comfort, you'll be able to stay connected with the help of standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Plus, you'll be able to control it all from the 7-inch touchscreen display through your fingers or via voice recognition. You also can adjust the 6-speaker audio system to play your tunes.

You'll have active safety features in the entry level Nissan Altima trim as well. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection both come standard. You'll also get a standard RearView Monitor to help out with parking. To get your attention and keep you from drowsy driving, the Intelligent Driver Alertness nudges you to stay awake and aware.

Performance Factors Among the Trims

If you need an upgrade in power, there's the available 2.0L VC-Turbo™ 4-cylinder engine. It cranks out 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It can be solely equipped in the SR VC-Turbo™ while the other trims feature the standard engine. 

There's also the available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which will give you increased all-weather capability found in the Platinum trim. With the available paddle shifters in the SR and SR VC-Turbo™ trims, it's easy to switch gears right from your steering wheel.

Cabin Comfort Options

When it comes to getting more comfortable, the Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control comes with the SL and Platinum trim levels. For more relief from the cold or a soothing treat for your back, choose the SV through Platinum trims to enjoy the heated front seats. A matching heated steering wheel can be found in the SL and Platinum trims, too. Plus, with the SR and SR VC-Turbo™ trims, you'll get sport cloth upholstery, and upgrading to the SL or Platinum trim will get you leather-trimmed seats. Complement the inside with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob for the SV and the rest of the trims.

While an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat comes in every trim, a 4-way power adjustable front-passenger's seat sits in the SL and Platinum trims. With the Platinum trim, you also can set your driver's seat and mirror positions with the memory system.

Tech Upgrades

If you want a larger screen to show your car's functions, like gas mileage, speed, and more, the 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display in the SV and following trims may be the one for you. The center screen can be upgraded, too, to the NissanConnect® 8-inch touchscreen display for the SV and remaining trims. Fix your eyes on the second screen to input directions into the Nissan Door to Door Navigation or to see what song is currently playing on the 9-speaker Bose® Premium Audio System. Both are included in the SL and Platinum trims. 

Use Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to review text messages or see who's calling and to use other streamed apps. You can also guide the system with Siri® or Google, respectively, to listen to your requests for songs, directions, and more. 

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assist Features

There are improved safety and driver-assist technologies with the higher Nissan Altima trims as well. 

For help in staying in your lane or presetting a distance between your car and the one in front of you, the ProPILOT Assist handles it all. It can even apply the brakes to stick with the set distance if cars start slowing down in heavy congestion and speed back up when the traffic starts moving again. This comes with every trim except the SR and SR VC-Turbo™.

Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert come standard with the SV and succeeding trims through the Safety Shield 360®. Other rear systems such as Rear Automatic Braking and the Rear Sonar System appear in the SV and the other trims and optional in the S trim. 

Count on the Traffic Sign Recognition alert, in the SL and Platinum trims, to warn you of speed limit changes or an upcoming STOP sign. With the Lane Departure Warning, it lets you know when you may be drifting from a lane while the Intelligent Lane Intervention, available in the S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims, guides you back into the lane with gentle braking. 

Safety Shield 360® suite of safety features includes:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist

Finally, you'll get an Intelligent Around View® Monitor with the Platinum configuration.

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Come Find Your Favorite 2021 Nissan Altima Trim Level!

Whether you're looking for standard capability and efficiency or premium comfort and power, the 2021 Nissan Altima has a trim that'll improve your next drive through St. Charles and St. Louis, MO.

When you stop by St. Charles Nissan, conveniently located near O'Fallon and Saint Peters, Missouri, you can take the trim that you love for a spin to see if it's right for you. Schedule a test drive today!


12021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S FWD. 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SR, SL FWD. 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SL AWD. 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD. 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR FWD VC-Turbo. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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