Driving Impressions from 2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo
The 2021 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo, tested in 2021, showcased an impressive engine but suffered in execution. Acceleration figures were notable, reaching 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, but the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and overall tuning left room for improvement.
The VC-Turbo technology, highlighted for its variable compression ratio, offers stellar performance and class-leading fuel economy. However, the driving experience was marred by lag and inconsistent power delivery.
Styling and Suspension
While the styling of the Altima was well-received, featuring a sporty grille and optional rear spoiler, its ride quality was criticized. The suspension, coupled with large wheels, resulted in poor ride comfort, impacting overall driving satisfaction.
Interior and Tech Features
Inside, the Altima SR VC-Turbo boasts a sporty steering wheel, SR-specific floor mats, and an infotainment display with Apple CarPlay. However, some drawbacks include an elevated seating position and the absence of dual-zone automatic climate control and advanced driver-assist features.
Price and Safety
The Altima SR VC-Turbo is priced at $31,575, with a tested price of $32,905. While it lacks certain driver-assist features, it still holds a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, ensuring a safe driving experience.
Vehicle Trim Overview
The Altima lineup for 2023 includes the S, SV, SR, SL, and SR VC-Turbo® trims. Each trim offers a unique set of features, contributing to an enhanced driving experience.
2023 Nissan Altima S
Priced at $25,290, the Altima S comes with cruise control, a torque of 184 lb.-ft., and a fuel tank capacity of 16.2 gallons. With a commendable 27/39 MPG (City/Highway), it lacks ProPILOT Assist and Intelligent Lane Intervention.
2023 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo®
At $34,990, the SR VC-Turbo® boasts a powerful 2.0-liter Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo®) engine. With a similar fuel tank capacity and slightly lower fuel efficiency (25/34 MPG), it compensates with ProPILOT Assist and Intelligent Lane Intervention.
The standout feature of the SR VC-Turbo® is its robust 2.0-liter VC-Turbo® engine. This engine, with 236 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, promises V-6 performance with the efficiency of a diesel-sipping four-cylinder.