2020 Nissan Altima

2020 MODEL
$24,100 - $35,180
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2020 Nissan Altima Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 6, 2020
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With rapidly declining sales of sedans, more and more car manufacturers are coming up with crossover versions of every other car. Nissan, for one, decided to play bold amidst all this by introducing its completely refreshed midsize Altima sedan in 2019. Currently in its sixth generation, 2020 Nissan Altima has received minor detailing upgrades and some standard safety features across all trims, as compared to its yesteryear offering.

sixth generation nNssan Altima
Sixth-generation 2020 Nissan Altima's design is reforming and exciting

The brand also markets its Variable-Compression Turbo as a more lucrative proposition than what most of its rivals have to offer. This model, supposedly being an extension of Bluebird lineup, has been around for a long time now. It has established itself as one of the most recognizable models in the States. In fact, it is among the top mid-size sedan for money in 2020. Carrying families to picnics, carpool karaokes with friends and taking children to soccer practices, this one can do it all with ease.

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Is 2020 Nissan Altima the best mid-size sedan for money?

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Pros

Plenty of passenger room

Plenty of driver assistance features

Stylish exterior

Cons

Stiff ride quality in some conditions

Interior design feels dated

What's New?

Standard Nissan Safety Shield across the range

New updated Piano Black interiors


2020 Nissan Altima Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

180 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

X-Tronic CVT

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

192.9 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

56.7 in.

curb weight

3208 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1116 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/39 mpg

highway range

631.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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2020 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color 2020 Nissan Altima in Gun Metallic color 2020 Nissan Altima in Pearl White TriCoat color 2020 Nissan Altima in Scarlet Ember Tintcoat color 2020 Nissan Altima in Storm Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.6

Exterior

7.8

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Nissan Altima S

S

power
188 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$24,100 - $25,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,100 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,450 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Altima SR

SR

power
188 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$25,700 - $27,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,700 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SR 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $27,050 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Altima SV

SV

power
188 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$27,880 - $29,230


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $27,880 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $29,230 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo

SR VC-Turbo

power
248 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$29,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR VC-Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $29,750 MSRP (27/31/37) 248 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Altima SL

SL

power
188 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$30,240 - $31,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $30,240 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SL 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $31,590 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Altima Platinum

Platinum

power
248 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$32,180 - $35,180


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $32,180 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $33,530 MSRP (27/31/37) 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $35,180 MSRP (27/31/37) 248 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Nissan has a history of making some of the most credible cars in the industry. Likewise, no compromises were made with 2020 Nissan Altima's reliability either. It has a legacy that dates back to '92 and the badge is an extension of a tried and tested product. After getting a design refresh in 2019, the 2020 model year has not witnessed extensive rework. This time though, 2020 Nissan Altima four-door sedan receives standard safety features across the range, which were optional earlier, without any unreasonable price jumps. Starting at a price of $24,100 for the base S Trim, the 2020 lineup comes in a total of 7 variants.

2020 Nissan Altima's low and wide stance is underscored by its V-Motion grille

The prices go past $35,000 for the top-of-the-line Platinum VC-Turbo. So there are also two engine options on offer. One is the standard naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-4 motor, while the other is a state-of-the-art variable compression 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 motor. Sadly, the latter is available only on the Platinum and SR variants, that too with the FWD configuration as the only option. Trying to capture the market segment of sedans, this Nissan faces stiff competition from the homebred Ford Fusion, and its Asian rivals Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. All these sedans are equally competent but which is the better choice? Scroll below to find out.

2020 Nissan Altima Sedan's V-Motion grille
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan's Boomerang taillights

8.0/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.6/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 

8.0/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Nissan Altima Features

8.0/10

A total of seven trims- S, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum VC-Turbo, are being offered in a variety of tone and features. For this year, Nissan is playing the safety card. It is offering a plethora of driver aids, part of its SafetyShield 360 package, as standard across all the trims. All variants of Nissan Altima come standard with a FWD drive type, of which most can be configured with an optional Intelligent AWD version as well.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard across the range of the 2020 Altima

The turbocharged SR and Platinum VC-Turbo trims with the 2.0L turbo-four get FWD configuration as a stand-alone option. Yes, that is a bit surprising and confusing but it could be a way to not compromise on overall efficiency. Likewise, all other variants justify their standing and are fairly well-rounded packages, now more than ever. 

Trim

S

SR

SR VC-Turbo

SV

SL

Platinum

Platinum VC-Turbo

MSRP (FWD)

$24,100

$25,700

$29,750

$27,880

$30,240

$32,180

$35,180

MSRP (AWD)

$25,450

$27,050

N/A

$29,230

$31,590

$33,530

N/A

Key Features

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning Adds/Upgrades from S Adds/Upgrades from SR Adds/Upgrades from SR VC-Turbo Adds/Upgrades from SV Adds/Upgrades from SL Adds/upgrades from Platinum
  Automatic Emergency Braking LED Headlights  2.0L VC Turbo DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine Power sliding glass moonroof 9 Speaker Bose Audio Interior Accent Lighting 2.0L VC Turbo DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine
  Rear View Monitor Dark Chrome V-Motion Grill LED Headlights with signature Dual zone Auto Temperature Control Leather Appointed Seats Driver’s Memory Seat Intelligent Lane Intervention
  16” Steel wheels with covers  19” Aluminum Alloys Driver's seat power lumbar support  17” Aluminum Alloys 4 Way power adjust front seats 19” Aluminum Alloy Nissan Connect Services
  8” Touchscreen Display Sport tuned suspension Paddle Shifters with Manual Shift Mode Nissan Pro-Pilot Assist Nissan Door to Door Navigation Around View Monitor ORVM’s with memory

Which trim of Nissan Altima is the best buy?

Our choice would be the SR VC-Turbo Trim. It offers a powerful turbo engine and the premium features from the SR. However, to people who want a great value proposition, we recommend the SV variant with the Intelligent AWD drivetrain.

2020 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

7.8/10

The Nissan Altima four-door sedan has two engine configurations on offer across its range. Both are in a different state of tune, and thereby, have different outputs as well. The standard 2.5L DOHC inline 4-cylinder motor, available exclusively on the S, SR, SL, SV and Platinum, delivers 188 hp and 180 lb.-ft. torque when mated to the FWD setup, which is pushed to to 182 hp and 178 lb.-ft. with the all-wheel drive type.

Then comes the more perfomance-focused, turbo-driven VC-Turbo SR and Platinum trims. These variants source power from a smaller, but turbocharged, 2.0L inline-4 DOHC motor which replaced the 3.5L V6 of 2018 Nissan Altima. That engine delivers 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque when running on premium fuel, and 236 hp and 267 lb.-ft. torque on regular fuel. The only downside, these motors come with the FWD configuration only.

2020 Nissan Altima's 2.0-liter VC-Turbo Engine makes 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque

What makes that turbocharged motor of Nissan Altima extra-special is the fact that this is the world’s first variable compression (VC) turbocharged engine. It literally changes shape as it adjusts the compression ratio to maximize either output or fuel economy. The engine feels quite relaxed throughout the rev-range. You could be comfortably cruising at 50 miles an hour but soon as you step on the gas, the engine  livens up to overtake anyone.

Models Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

MSRP $35,180 $36,250 $31,170 $34,450
Engine 2.0L Variable Compression Turbo Inline-4 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 3.5L V6 2.0L Turbo Ecoboost Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) 10-speed automatic w/Shift-by-wire Direct shift-8AT 8-speed electronically controlled automatic w/intelligence (ET-i) 6-speed automatic
Power 248 hp @ 5,600 rpm 252 hp @ 6,500 rpm 301 hp @ 6,600 rpm 245 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 273 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 273 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

An Xtronic CVT transmission is the only gearbox available with either of the engines but it is not like other CVTs. The competitors – Ford Fusion and Honda Accord – all have very competitive engines with relatively similar displacement. They even have very similar outputs. Although, Nissan is the only one to use a more advanced and efficient CVT unit where others stick to conventional 6 or 8-speed automatics. It is an outcome of that Xtronic CVT whch makes it feel quite powerful as it can adjust torque how it sees fit.

How quickly can Nissan Altima reach the 60 mph from zero?

The 2.0-liter turbocharged motor of 2020 Nissan Altima fares well when you compare it to its rivals in the acceleration tests. Its chase to the 60 MPH mark is quicker than most of its similarly-priced rivals. The other 2.5-liter four-pot, with the naturally aspirated motor, takes about 2 seconds longer to do the same. Nonetheless, both make overtaking easy in the city, and when you have the need to push through traffic on the interstates, you can do it with ease, thanks to the motors' responsiveness.

The 2.0L VC-Turbo engine of the Altima can push it from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds

Not that you'd be taking this mid-size sedan to the drag strip but in case it matters, it can chase the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds when equipped with the naturally aspirated motor and Intelligent AWD. By no means is this impressive but nobody can give you a ten-second car at this price range! However, this Nissan four-door is a mid-size sedan that offers comfort and luxury, and it does not fail to deliver on these fronts.

Models Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

0-60 MPH 5.9 s 5.6 s 5.8 s 6.9 s
Quarter Mile  14.6 s 14.2 s 14.4 s 15.2 s
Top Speed 130 MPH 125 MPH 135 MPH 130 MPH
Engine 2.0L Variable Compression Turbo Inline-4 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 3.5L V6 2.0L Turbo Ecoboost Inline-4

As far as rivals go, it is the Honda Accord Touring who reigns at the top. It is the first to reach the 60 mph mark and also the quickest to finish a quarter mile drag in 14.2 seconds. The second in line is Toyota Camry TRD reaching 60 mph mark in 5.8 seconds, i.e., 0.2 second slower than that Honda, due to longer gear shifts and heavier weight. Still, at 135 mph it is the fastest.

What is the distance required by Nissan Altima to stop from 60 to 0 mph?

For the year 2020, Nissan Altima five-seater sedan comes with power-assisted vented discs in the front and solid discs in the rear. It does well to stop from a speed of 60 MPH. As courtesy of four-channel ABS with brake assist and EBD, you will find plenty of stability even under heavy braking. The nose-dive is pretty well contained and the brake pedals offer linear feedback with prompt responsiveness on application.

The 2020 Nissan Altima can shed speed from 60 to 0 MPH in 116 feet

The brakes have conventional rotors made of steel. The ventilation on the rotors definitely helps in heat dissipation, which means you don't have to worry about brake fade anytime soon. Also, an array of sensors tied to 2020 Nissan Altima's braking system can detect an imminent collision and automatically initiate emergency braking to prevent it.

Models Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

Brake Rotors Front 11.7" 12.3" 12.9" 11.8"
Brake Rotors Rear 11.0" 11.1" 11.1" 11.9"
Curb Weight 3436 lbs 3428 lbs 3572 lbs 3676 lbs
60-0 MPH  116 ft 116 ft 118 ft 122 ft

Nissan’s braking performance ranks at the top of the charts. It is matched only by the lighter 2020 Honda Accord Touring, which is able to stop from 60 mph in 116 feet. The Ford Fusion is the heaviest of all mid-size sedans. Its rotors are also comparitively small. As a result, it is the slowest to stop. The Toyota Camry TRD's large 12.3-inch rotors do a good job of shedding this heavyweight sedan's speed.

How engaging is the ride and handling of Nissan Altima?

This sedan offers a good balance between ride quality and body control. The ride remains comfortable and composed and you could easily spend long hours in the uber-comfortable Zero Gravity seats. Also, it maintains its composure quite well even through the corners. There is not much body-roll and the car glides into and out of fast corners and sharp turns rather beautifully. The ride is well-balanced to makes Nissan Altima's cabin fairly comfortable.

2020 Nissan Altima has a low and wide stance returning a planted ride

The steering is also very precise and there is a good amount of feel from it. It's very direct, and therefore, requires quite a bit of effort to steer the car at higher speeds but remains light and easy during driving sedately. Even the chassis has been almost completely updated from the last generation which really shows in the way this car handles. Additionally, the SR trim gets a sporty suspension setup and 18-inch wheels, which allow it to handle the corners even better but take away much of the comfort. Overall, it’s a very stable and composed car at most times.

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What makes 2020 Nissan Altima a better sedan than 2020 Nissan Maxima?

Is 2020 Nissan Altima's SR variant its best value for money option?

2020 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

8.0/10

With its variable-compression technology, Nissan has made this mid-size sedan deliver segment topping combined MPG figure. The turbocharged engine and well-optimized Xtronic CVT of Nissan Altima have not only enhanced performance but delivered on the fuel efficiency front as well. Combine that with a 16.2 fuel tank and you have a solid driving range of over 400 miles at city speeds and about 550 miles at highway speeds.

Models

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

MPG (City) 25 22 22 21
MPG (Highway) 34 32 31 31
MPG (Combined) 29 26 25 25
Fuel Capacity  16.2 gallons 14.8 gallons 15.8 gallons 16.5 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined)  405/550/469 miles 326/474/385 miles 348/490/395 miles 346/511/412 miles
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year ) 6.0 6.9 7.2 7.2

With the naturally aspirated engine, those numbers move up to 32 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon out on the highway. Neither the Accord nor the Camry are as fuel efficient. But the latter's gas-guzzling V6 is aided by a large 15.8 gallon fuel tank. So it manages to offer better overall range. Still, it is the 2020 Ford Fusion with its 16.5 gallon fuel tank, which turns out to be the second-most fuel efficient overall.

2020 Nissan Altima Interior

7.6/10

The interior design of this four-door sedan is simplistic yet very pleasing to the eye. All controls have been very neatly laid out. The 8-inch floating infotainment system of 2020 Nissan Altima sits atop the AC vents and it looks sleek and smart. The climate controls have a dedicated panels which also look very nifty. In between, there’s wraparound plastic trim on the dashboard that has been simulated to look like wood and it looks rather good.

The quality of materials used is also slick but fit and finish at all places is not so good as some panels feel flimsy to touch. The steering is thin with a flat bottom and houses several controls for various things. There’s a 7-inch information display in between the analog dials in the instrument cluster which is also very attractive. The gear shifter is a normal lever, thankfully so, instead of buttons and dials, and there are cup holders beside it. It’s a very pleasing cabin to be in which has been designed very aesthetically.

2020 Nissan Altima sedan's Zero Gravity seats

Also, the light colors used in the cabin along with the wide glass panels, make this mid-size interior feel big and airy. Enhancing the experience of the inteior are Nissan's signature Zero Gravity seats, which are undeniably comfortable. The second row of Nissan Altima too can easily seat three people. If there isn't a third passenger, you have a central armrest with cup holders as well. While the rear seat cannot accommodate three abreast on longer journeys, it won't be an issue on shorter trips.

Models Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

Seating capacity 5 5 5 5
Front Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in) 38.0/58.2/43.8 37.5/58.3/42.3 38.3/57.7/42.1 39.2/57.8/44.3
Rear Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in) 36.7/57.1/35.2 37.2/56.5/40.4 38.0/55.7/38.0 37.8/56.9/38.3

The Altima midsize sedan has very roomy interiors. Although its dimensions are not the best in class, the seats particularly are very comfortable. They are well-cushioned and the bolstering on the sides comfortably tucks you in. Also, there's an option to have them heated and offer multi-way power adjustments. In all, they are quite easily the best seats in the entire class. However, with over 40-inches of legroom in the second row, Honda Accord's interiors are the most accommodating.

How good is the Infotainment system of Nissan Altima?

The 8-inch infotainment screen of Nissan Altima is a touch-sensitive unit. It’s easy to use and quite responsive to commands. The graphics are sharp as well. There are a few short-cut buttons below the screen for managing essential functions, making it very handy.

2020 Nissan Altima offers 8" touchscreen infotainment system as standard on all variants

The unit also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. However, the touch screen is quite prone to fingerprint marks. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system of Nissan Altima include features like:

  • Nissan Connect 8" touchscreen infotainment system
  • Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free
  • 9 speaker Bose audio system with BlueTooth
  • Aux inputs, 2 standard USB, and 2 USB Type-C ports
  • Nissan Connect Services with SiriusXM and HD radio

Interior features of Nissan Altima

Nissan has updated the Altima for 2020 and has bundled a butt-load of features on the inside. These features make living with the sedan that much more easier and ergonomic. Some of the most notable features on the inside include the following:

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Rear passenger air conditioning vents
  • Rear door alert
  • Nissan intelligent key with push-button ignition
  • Remote engine start system
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Variable intermittent speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and extensions
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Illuminated kick plates
  • 4-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat
  • Driver's memory seat
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated and Leather-wrapped steering wheel

How much cargo can the Nissan Altima hold?

When you compare Nissan Altima with its adversaries, you will be happy to note that the space on offer is on par with the others. There are plenty of cubby holes on the inside too, and you won't find any shortage of storage spaces anywhere on the inside. So besides logically laying out the cabin, Nissan have also judiciuosly utilized the available room.

2020 Nissan Altima's 15.4 cu.-ft. trunk is large enough to hold extra large suitcase

The box shaped boot is wide enough to allow your extra large suitcase to fit through easily. With rear seats that fold almost flat, you can accommodate more baggage for those long weekends. That way, all the people and their belongings can easily fit inside.

Models Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

Cargo Capacity 15.4 cu.ft. 16.7 cu.ft. 15.1 cu.ft. 16.0 cu.ft.

Not only is the 2020 Accord the most spacious but it also has the biggest boot. It is followed closely by the 2020 Ford Fusion with its 16.0 cu.ft. trunk. On the other hand, the 2020 Camry TRD might be plenty powerful but isn't very usable.

2020 Nissan Altima Front seat
2020 Nissan Altima front seat
2020 Nissan Altima interior
2020 Nissan Altima interior
2020 Nissan Altima steering
2020 Nissan Altima steering
2020 Nissan Altima cupholder
2020 Nissan Altima cupholder
2020 Nissan Altima air vent
2020 Nissan Altima air vents

2020 Nissan Altima Exterior

7.8/10

The new generation of 2020 Nissan Altima looks handsome and bold. The design is more of an evolution than a revolution, but tastefully so. Its V-Motion chrome grille now comes down the entire length of the bumper, which is further surrounded by another dark-chrome V-shaped bar. The headlamps have been completely redesigned and are now sleeker with arrow-like details inside. The bumper housing the fog lamps has sharp angular cuts and creases to make for a very bold front fascia.

The V-Motion grille of the 2020 Altima dives deeper for an imposing first impression

Move over to the side of this sedan and you will see several character lines. One from the headlamps runs along the window-line all the way to the rear doors. The other begins from the tail lamps and ends at the front door. Both these beautifully contour the entire side profile. There’s a chrome band along the shoulder-line and the sloping roof has a black-accented panel on the C-pillar for a sporty look. The 19-inch wheels look great too. The chunky C-pillar does hinder visibility but Nissan's SafetyShield 360 has got you covered.

Models

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo Honda Accord Touring Toyota Camry TRD

Ford Fusion Titanium 

Curb weight 3438 lbs 3428 lbs 3572 lbs 3676 lbs
Length  192.9" 192.2" 194.6" 191.7"
Width  72.9" 73.3" 73.1" 75.2"
Height  56.7" 57.1" 56.3" 58.1"
Ground clearance 5.1" N/A 5.7" N/A
Wheelbase 111.2" 111.4" 111.2" 112.2"

At the rear, the tail lamps have been made sleeker and sharper with LED units. The dual chrome-finished exhaust and charcoal diffuser bumper look rather cool. There’s also a subtle boot lid spoiler to finish things off. Overall, it looks smart, contemporary and is sure to turn some heads. It is longer, wider and sits lower than before. It is longest sedan here, but the Ford Fusion is the widest.

What are the exterior highlights of Nissan Altima?

Like the interiors, Nissan has focused a lot on tweaking the design and styling for the 2020 model year. To make it stand out from its previous generations, Nissan has kitted the new Altima with a plethora of features on the outside. Some of the most notable features of Nissan Altima include:

  • Active grille shutters
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Led headlights with signature
  • Led fog lights
  • External ground lighting
  • Heated outside mirrors with led turn signal indicators
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Acoustic laminated glass
  • Chrome V-Motion grille
  • Dark chrome v-motion grille
  • Rear spoiler
  • Charcoal rear diffuser
  • Dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Bommerang taillights
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan front view
2020 Nissan Altima front view
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan
2020 Nissan Altima
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan front view
2020 Nissan Altima front view
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan rear view
2020 Nissan Altima rear view
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan side view
2020 Nissan Altima side view
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Bonnet
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Bonnet
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Badge
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Badge
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Headlight
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Headlight
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Rear Light
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan Rear Light

2020 Nissan Altima Safety

9.0/10

This four-door, midsize Nissan sedan is pretty well loaded with safety features for the year 2020. Not only does it have the basic safety features we see in almost every car these days but it also has an array of semi-automatic driving features that are really commendable for the segment. It comes with ProPilot Assist which is essentially level 2 automation. So Nissan Altima is semi-autonomous too.

Nissan Safety shield 360 is standard across the 2020 Altima range

It can manage its distance from other cars, keep itself within a lane, and also provide steering, braking, and acceleration inputs on its own. All the features are available as standard as part of Nissan Safety Shield 360 offered across the range. That expalins why the NHTSA has given 2020 Nissan Altima a full 5 stars in its tests.

Safety Features aboard the 2020 Altima are:

•    10 standard Airbags
•    Vehicle Dynamic Control
•    Traction Control System
•    Anti-lock Braking System
•    Advanced Autonomous Braking
•    Blind Spot Monitoring
•    Forward Collision Warning
•    Surround-View Camera
•    ProPilot Assist

2020 Nissan Altima Competition

8.0/10

Nissan Altima vs Ford Fusion

The 2020 Ford Fusion is a very bold looking car that combines sharp handling with a composed ride. Its interior design is quite boring though and acceleration is not the most spirited. The Nissan Altima, on the other hand, looks great inside and out, has better performance than the Ford and has a commendable ride quality. The only downside being the fact that it doesn't handle as well as the Fusion.

2020 Ford Fusion

Fuel economy is poor for the Fusion and really great for the Altima. The technology in latter is also far better but 2020 Ford Fusion is a little les expensive to own in comparison. That said, the refreshed Altima makes for a better package and offers really great value for just a little premium

Nissan Altima vs Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a stylish looking car with very well-appointed interiors. It also has lots of standard technology. When it comes to driving, there's nobody quite as good at it. But Nissan Altima is not to be taken lightly. It is just as much fun to drive. In fact, the steering on this Nissan has a lot more feel to it and returns great response. It is not very expensive to own this mid-size sedan, and it is also very furl efficient.

2020 Honda Accord

However, the 2.0L turbo-four engine of the 2020 Honda Accord is the best overall performer among its competition. It is also the most practical. In that respect, the 2020 Nissan Altima does fall behind but only by so much.

Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry TRD

Here’s one car that challenges Nissan Altima Really well. A very smart-looking car with well put together interiors and loaded with features as standard. What’s good about this Toyota is that it drives really well too. It has a strong and potent engine, and offers right balance between a comfortable ride and enthusiastic handling.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

It does not quite have the same fuel economy as the 2020 Altima or its practicality but is pretty competent. In the end, it’s quite difficult to choose between either of these cars but 2020 Toyota Camry TRD costs less even with the V6.

2020 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

8.0/10

While SUV’s and Crossovers seem to be the talk of the town, Nissan has done its bit in re-igniting the fire with the 2020 Altima mid-size sedan. It comes loaded with premium features and breakthrough tech, like Variable-Compression Turbocharged Motor and Nissan SafetShield 360, all for a starting price of $24,100. All these factors make the 2020 Nissan Altima surely seem like a great proposition. Add to all that, a load of offers from the manufacturer and the reliability of Nissan and you may once again wanna re-kindle your love for sedans and park a brand-new, 2020 Altima in your garage.

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2020 Nissan Altima Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is ProPILOT Assist feature of 2020 Nissan Altima?

The ProPILOT Assist is a hands-on driver support feature from Nissan. It is an advanced technology which helps drivers in both stop-and-go traffic and on long highway drives. This feature allows the Nissan Altima to maintain a preset distance from the car in front and keep it centered in a single lane, even along slight curves, with the help of a front radar sensor and a front-facing camera placed behind the rearview mirror.

What separates 2020 Nissan Altima from 2019 Nissan Altima?

The main difference in these model years lie in the kind of equipment each gets. Other than that, there are hardly any differences. For the 2020 model year, Nissan has decided to extend its advanced SafetyShield 360 feature as standard across all variants of Nissan Altima sedan. That feature was offered on the SV and SL trims earlier. It is this small upgrade that makes a huge difference otherwise.

How reliable is 2020 Nissan Altima?

For the 2019 model year, the Nissan Altima had four recalls. Each of them were immediately addressed and issues were fixed. So far, in 2020, this mid-size sedan has had no recalls. This goes to show the level of dedication Nissan's engineers put towards this car. Also, the 2020 Nissan Altima has scored over 82 out of 100 on the JD Power Report. Any score of 80 or above is extremely impressive. So there's no doubt whatsoever about its reliability.

Is 2020 Nissan Altima the best midsize sedan for money?

There are as many seven trims of the 2020 Nissan Altima. Of which, five variants get the optional Intelligent AWD system including the base S model. It has been priced at an MSRP of $24,100. Then are the two SR and Platinum VC-Turbo variants too which get a turbocharged motor. Besides all this, this four-door sedan gets the best in safety features and has a well laid-out and comfortable cabin. It is also plenty fuel efficient. All these factors clearly make it a winner.

What is VC-Turbo engine of 2020 Nissan Altima?

In order to make the Nissan Altima a more lucrative option than its competitors, Nissan has equipped this sedan with a cutting-edge Variable Compression turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. This motor, offered exclusively in the States, can literally auto-adjust its shape to alter compression ratio. That allows this four-door, midsize sedan to return both performance and efficiency.

2020 Nissan Altima Overall Reviews


Philip D. Fowler

Philip D. Fowler 2020 Nissan Altima S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 9, 2020

All hat and no cattle

Overall Review -

8

Overview Rating

Twinkle toed might not like it

9/10

Features

8/10

Interior

8/10

Design

9/10

Safety

8/10

Reliability

8/10

Deal Value

6/10

Dealer Review


Kenneth M. Hibbler

Kenneth M. Hibbler 2020 Nissan Altima SL 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Value for money

Overall Review -

10

Overview Rating

It can beat any sedan in its price segment and even above in a competition of looks.

10/10

Features

10/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review


Frank G. Garcia

Frank G. Garcia 2020 Nissan Altima SR VC-Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Comfortable and Fun

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

Don’t look at the bad reviews or people’s complaints. Go to the dealership take a look and decide for yourself. It is a good car.

8/10

Features

9/10

Interior

10/10

Design

8/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

8/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


8

User Overall Rating

"All hat and no cattle"

It drives great with sizeable mileage of 26mpg in city and 35 on the freeway. My question to the people who designed it is, what if anyone wants a balance between mpg and driveability. The acceleration is sluggish and taps on the pedal result in an awkward lag. Everytime I want to give it a little steam, it always gives me that underpowered vibe in return
by Philip D. Fowler

10

User Overall Rating

"Value for money"

It is a great drive. Very well put together. The engine is smooth and the ride quality is great. I never thought I’d say this but Altima’s CVT is actually pretty nice.
by Kenneth M. Hibbler

9

User Overall Rating

"Comfortable and Fun"

Sedan made more sense for me than the apple of the eye SUVs. They are more fuel-efficient and are better to drive.
by Frank G. Garcia

10

User Overall Rating

"Confidence inspiring"

The reason I went with the turbo is because it’s faster and nothing else. It has 60 more horsepower and those 60 make a huge impact on its performance. It is zippy. Even though it has CVT and that hinders its performance it is still fast. I wish Nissan had an automatic transmission option as well.
by Anthony K. Sousa

10

User Overall Rating

"Altima, ideal family hauler"

Driving Altima has been fun ever since we got it. Ideal faimly hauler with great gas mileage and wonderful features on board. Handling is responsive but firm compared to my old car though.
by Michael M. White