Maybe there were times that you mistook the 2021 Nissan Sentra for the 2021 Nissan Altima and vice-versa. So, we decided to inform Columbus, Grove City, and Lincoln Village, Ohio, drivers about what makes them special. That way, when you're ready to buy your Nissan from Georgesville Nissan, you'll know what you're getting.

Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima Performance

The number of available engines may play a part in which car you prefer. For the Sentra, you get a standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that generates 149 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and the Xtronic CVT® come standard. At its best, it achieves an EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway MPG.1

Two engines can be chosen for the Altima. A 2.5L 4-cylinder engine generates up to 188 horsepower and appears in five out of six trims. If you go with the SR VC-Turbo trim, it offers a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that, unlike the Sentra engine, generates 248 horsepower.

The car also gives you the opportunity to use FWD or switch to the available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. You'll see that this vehicle achieves an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG,2 a very similar stat to its sister sedan.

Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima Interior

As sister vehicles, the Sentra and Altima do contain many similar features. For example, you'll be supplied with various upholstery options, and both cars accommodate five passengers each.

While the Sentra provides an optional 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat with heat, the Altima goes two steps ahead with 8 ways. Both offer available Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control.

Cabin dimensions come close, but one may be larger in some ways that the other is not. Consider what you need.

Dimensions Front/Rear




38.9/36.7 inches

39.2/36.9 inches

Hip Room

53.5/53.3 inches

54.7/54.5 inches


44/34.7 inches

43.8/35.2 inches

Shoulder Room

56.4/54.5 inches

58.2/57.1 inches

Depending on how much trunk space you need may determine which sedan appeals to you. The Sentra supplies 14.3 cubic feet, while the Altima provides 15.4 cubic feet.

Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima Technology

No matter which car you choose, the available screens do not change. When you sit in the driver's seat, you'll face an available 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display. In the center console, view the available 8-inch NissanConnect® touchscreen display. This display serves many purposes, including mapping out your directions. If you opt for the Altima, Nissan Door to Door Navigation is available.

Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima Safety

Most Nissan vehicles feature the Safety Shield® 360, which bundles together systems like Blind Spot Warning and Rear Automatic Braking. These two cars benefit from this package, but the differences surface when discussing the Intelligent Mobility series of systems.

Each car includes Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which warn you to stay alert or watch out for a potential accident. You can add an Intelligent Around View® Monitor and Traffic Sign Recognition.

A couple systems are exclusive to one car or the other. The Sentra includes an Intelligent Cruise Control option, while the Altima has the Intelligent Lane Intervention option. Again, this is another element that may push you toward one Nissan or the other.

What Makes Each One Special? 2021 Nissan Sentra vs 2021 Nissan Altima

Since you now know what makes the 2021 Nissan Sentra and the 2021 Nissan Altima special, you'll know how to tell each one apart. Then you can figure out which one dovetails with your Columbus, Grove City, and Lincoln, OH, drives. To set up a test drive of both, contact Georgesville Nissan.

1 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 29 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/33 Combined MPG for Sentra® S, SV; 28 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Sentra SR. Actual miles may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

2 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S FWD. 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SR, SL FWD. 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SL AWD. 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD. 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR FWD VC-Turbo. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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