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2021 Nissan Altima vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla Review

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2021 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,450 to $34,250
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2021 Toyota
Corolla

MSRP*: $20,025 to $28,310
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Invoice* $22,790 to $31,904 $18,923 to $26,214
MPG - City 25 - 28 MPG 29 - 31 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 39 MPG 36 - 40 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.4 ft3 13.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Auto Manual, Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 182 - 236 hp 139 - 169 hp
Exterior Length 192.9 in 182.3 - 182.5 in
Exterior Width 72.9 in 70.1 in
Leg Room Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 34.8 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 in
Front 38.0 - 38.3 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 Toyota Corolla 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 Toyota Corolla.

Convenience
The Nissan Altima will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Toyota Corolla, making it more convenient to drive.

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 is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota Corolla. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Nissan Altima will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Toyota Corolla.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Altima is much wider than the Toyota Corolla, 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 Toyota Corolla.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Altima is somewhat more powerful than the Toyota Corolla.

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 Toyota Corolla.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Corolla. The Nissan Altima has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Toyota Corolla.

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