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2021 Nissan Altima vs. 2021 Subaru WRX Review

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2021 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,450 to $34,250
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2021 Subaru
WRX

MSRP*: $27,495 to $32,095
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Invoice* $22,790 to $31,904 $25,925 to $30,170
MPG - City 25 - 28 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 39 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.4 ft3 12.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 182 - 236 hp 268 hp
Exterior Length 192.9 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 72.9 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 35.4 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 in
Front 37.2 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.1 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
The Nissan Altima offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Subaru WRX with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Subaru WRX.

Convenience
With the Nissan Altima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Nissan Altima will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru WRX. 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 Subaru WRX have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Altima is much wider than the Subaru WRX, 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 Subaru WRX.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Altima is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Nissan Altima has much less torque than the Subaru WRX, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Altima and the Subaru WRX. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Nissan Altima will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Subaru WRX.

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