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2021 Nissan Altima vs. 2021 Nissan Versa Review

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2021 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,450 to $34,250
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2021 Nissan
Versa

MSRP*: $14,980 to $18,390
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Invoice* $22,790 to $31,904 $14,608 to $17,923
MPG - City 25 - 28 MPG 27 - 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 39 MPG 35 - 40 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.4 ft3 14.7 - 15.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 182 - 236 hp 122 hp
Exterior Length 192.9 in 177.0 in
Exterior Width 72.9 in 68.5 in
Leg Room Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Front 44.5 in
Rear 31.0 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 in
Front 39.5 in
Rear 36.3 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Nissan Altima than the Nissan Versa. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Nissan Altima, drivers may find the Nissan Versa a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Nissan Altima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Nissan Versa, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Nissan Altima will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Nissan Versa, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Nissan Altima and the Nissan Versa have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Altima is much wider than the Nissan Versa, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Nissan Altima, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Nissan Versa.

Handling
The Nissan Altima has a larger turning radius than the Nissan Versa, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Altima has a much more powerful engine than the Nissan Versa. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Nissan Altima does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Nissan Versa.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Altima and the Nissan Versa. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Nissan Altima as you will in the Nissan Versa.

Warranty
The Nissan Altima comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Nissan Versa.