2021 Nissan Altima  RealSafeCars71Safety Rating

#52 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#129 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Nissan Altima
The Altima, part of Nissan's lineup since 1993, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Altima packs some oomph. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The Altima has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Nissan offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 Nissan Altima is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Nissan Altima has a score of 71, implying a 0.054% chance of driver death (4.8% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Nissan Altima has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0542% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.186%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0542% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.186% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Nissan Altima is 13% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Nissan Altima is 5% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Nissan's Safety Shield 360 can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. An active safety system that is standard on the 2021 Nissan Altima is Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection. Some safety features are optional on the 2021 Nissan Altima--- although they add to the cost, one should consider the benefits of Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.

Another advanced safety feature --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8464Chevrolet MalibuNissan AltimaHonda CivicKia K5Volkswagen PassatHyundai SonataToyota CamryMazda 6Mazda 3Subaru LegacyHonda AccordToyota CorollaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Nissan Altima with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 84. The 2021 Nissan Altima is safer than the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu and less safe than the 2021 Volkswagen Passat, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata, the 2021 Toyota Corolla, the 2021 Honda Accord, the 2021 Subaru Legacy, the 2021 Mazda 3, the 2021 Mazda 6, and the 2021 Toyota Camry. It is about as safe as the 2021 Honda Civic.

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