2020 Nissan Altima

MSRP $25,450 - $35,180

Ranked #9 in Midsize Sedan

2020 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 8, 2021

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Available for sale in five trims. the 2020 Nissan Altima has a starting price of $24,300. These trims include S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum. There are two engines available for the Altima- a 188-hp 2.5L engine and a 248-hp 2.0L engine. The latter engine comes in only FWD configuration but it is very responsive and can do a 0-60 MPH sprint in 5.6 seconds. Both these have good fuel economies as well. 

2020 Nissan Altima three-quarter view

The Altima's interior has a clean and minimalistic design. The cabin is spacious and the infotainment system is intuitive. The Altima won the Top Safety Pick award by IIHS and hosts plenty of driver aids. However, its reliability ratings are lower while its ownership costs are higher than its rivals. The Altima fares well against segment leaders such as the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, and the Hyundai Sonata

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Pros

Spacious, comfortable interior

Good fuel economy

Gentle ride

Great safety ratings

Cons

Less sporty than rivals

Slightly more ownership costs

Small trunk

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32180

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

180 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.7/11.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

62.8 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3329 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

10000 lbs.

payload capacity

999 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/37 mpg

highway range

599.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$25,450 onwards

SR$25,700 onwards

SV$27,880 onwards

SL$30,240 onwards

Platinum$32,180 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2020 Nissan Altima is a family sedan that’s been reimagined for modern families- Carfax

This is a highly competitive segment with almost every manufacturer having a player. Redesigned last year, the Altima makes some bold changes for its sixth generation, including two new engines, sophisticated driver aids, and, for the first time, AWD availability. With these changes, Nissan is hoping to step up their game in the segment and increase the sale charts. 

The ownership costs of the Altima are really high compared to its class rivals. The true cost to own it is estimated to be roughly $6,600 annually which includes repair, fuel, maintenance, etc. Speaking of fuel, the Altima packs a less efficient engine and so, the average cost per mile is $0.44, which is more than its rivals. The Altima's reliability is also lower than its rivals. 

2020 Nissan Altima Front Angle View
2020 Nissan Altima Rear AngleView

7.0/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.2/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2020 Nissan Altima Buying Advice

We suggest you buy the SV trim as it adds all the essential safety features to ensure a safe ride. It also adds a moonroof, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.  If AWD is not a necessity, then opt for the 2.0L turbocharged engine for an extra punch. 

2020 Nissan Altima front angle view

2020 Nissan Altima Features

7.0/10

Base 2020 Altimas have nearly everything we need, Altima SVs have it all-  The Car Connection

The Nissan Altima comes in five trim levels – S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base S trim can be purchased at $24,300 while the top-spec Platinum trim costs up to $33,750. Add a $950 destination fee to the price tag. Both FWD and AWD configurations are available and two engines are on offer. The powerful 2.0L engine is only available on the SR and Platinum trims, only with the FWD drivetrain. 

2020 Nissan Altima side view

Not only does the Altima offers a decent list of standard features but it also comes with a few optional packages for some trims. For instance, the S trim lacks driver aids, and hence, it comes with a Driver Assist package that adds all the safety features of the SR trim. Similarly, a Premium package is available for the SR trim that adds a power moonroof and heated front seats for $1,050. 

Trim

S

SR

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$24,300

$25,900 ($29,750 2.0L)

$28,140

$30,240

$32,400 ($35,180 2.0L)

MSRP (AWD)

$25,650

$27,250

$29,490

$31,590

$33,750

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds/ Upgrades to S trim 

Adds/ Upgrades to SR trim 

Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim 

Adds/ Upgrades to SL trim 

  8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

19-inch alloy wheels

Heated front seats & steering wheel

Leather-trimmed seats

Surround-view parking camera

  Push-buttons tart

Faux carbon fiber interior trim

LED fog lights

Integrated navigation with Nissan Connect Services

Memory driver's seat

 

8-way power driver’s seat

Paddle shifters

Power moonroof

Wood-tone interior trim

Interior accent lighting

  Cloth upholstery

Blind-spot monitoring

Outside mirror LED indicators

9-speaker Bose premium audio system 19-inch alloy wheels
 

Remote engine start

Leather steering wheel and shift knob

Heated front seats and steering wheel

Power front passenger's seat  
  Proximity keyless entry

Rear cross-traffic alert

Forward automatic emergency braking

HD radio  
  Rearview camera

Automatic high-beam LED headlights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Traffic sign recognition  
  7-inch driver's display Sport-tuned suspension      
    Rear parking sensors      
    Lane departure warning      
    Pedestrian detection      
    Automatic emergency braking      

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2020 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The turbo engine delivers proper punch, especially from low speeds, and steering feel is vastly improved over the previous generation- Edmunds

The Nissan Altima comes with two engine options – a 2.5L inline-4 cylinder engine developing 188 hp and 180 lb-ft. of torque and a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine that generates 248 hp and 280 lb-ft. of torque. The latter engine is only available in the SR and Platinum models. A CVT transmission is the only gearbox available with either of the engines and the good news is that it's not like other CVTs. It’s refined and smooth and even simulates gear changes under hard acceleration.

2020 Nissan Altima engine

The Altima rides very well indeed. The ride remains comfortable and composed and you could easily spend long hours in the cabin. Also, it maintains its composure quite well even through the corners. There is not much body roll and the car beautifully glides into fast corners and sharp turns perfectly well. The steering is also very precise and there is a good amount of feeling from the steering wheel. The SR trim gets sporty suspension which allows it to handle the corners even better.

2020 Nissan Altima takes 8.1 sec to reach 60 MPH

Acceleration isn't that great with the Altima. It takes 8.1 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH while the quarter-mile run is finished in 16.3 seconds. The top speed is limited to 130 MPH. The SR and Platinum trims can do the same in 5.6 seconds with the optional 2.0L engine, which is really great. Even the brakes too have been improved over the last generation. They are very responsive and provide very good stopping power. In the brake test, the Altima came to rest from 60-0 MPH in 116 feet. 

Models

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry 2020 Honda Accord

2020 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$24,300 $24,425 $23,870 $23,600

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4 1.5L Turbo Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

CVT 8-Speed Automatic
Power

188 hp @ 6,000 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM 192 hp @ 5,500 RPM 191 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque

180 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM 184 lb-ft. @ 5,000 RPM 192 lb-ft. @ 1,600 RPM 181 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 7.9 sec 7.2 sec 7.8 sec
Quarter Mile 16.3 sec 16.2 sec 15.5 sec 15.8 sec
Top Speed 130 MPH 133 MPH 133 MPH 133 MPH

The Honda Accord is the quickest contender in this competition despite making less power than the Toyota Camry thanks to its low curb weight and punchy engine. The Hyundai Sonata is the next contender in line with decent acceleration for the power it makes. The Camry's acceleration is slightly better than the Altima, leaving the latter to the dust.


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2020 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Altima's two gasoline engines have lofty EPA fuel-economy ratings and even better real-world results- CarAndDriver

The Nissan Altima has a stellar fuel economy in the class. The CVT gearbox also helps achieve these figures. It returns 28 MPG in the city, 39 MPG on a highway, and 32 MPG combined. The AWD system drops down the mileage by 2 MPG. The optional 2.0L engine is rated at 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on a highway, with 29 MPG combined. 

2020 Nissan Altima side driving view

These MPG figures are on par with most of the rivals in its class but the Altima is a bit less efficient as flaunts a large fuel tank than its rivals. Therefore, it can drive up to 543 miles in the most efficient form or 496 miles for AWD models. The SR and Platinum trim with the optional 2.0L engine will deliver only 478 miles of combined driving range. 

Models

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry 2020 Honda Accord

2020 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

28

29

30

28

MPG (Highway)

39

41

38

38

MPG (Combined)

32

34

33 32

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gallon)

16.2

14.5 14.8 14.8
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 454/632/543 421/595/508 444/562/503 414/562/488

The most fuel-efficient tag goes to the Toyota Camry as it is fixed with the smallest fuel tank and its fuel ratings are slightly better than the Altima. The fuel estimates of the Honda Accord and the Hyundai Sonata are almost the same but the former is a bit ahead in terms of range. The Altima's fuel economy is great for a midsize sedan. 


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2020 Nissan Altima Interior

7.2/10

Nissan’s interior designers favored simplicity and functionality rather than theater for the 2020 Altima- Kell Blue Book

The interior design of the Nissan Altima is simplistic, yet it’s very pleasing to the eye. The quality of materials used is good but the fit and finish at all places are not so good as some panels feel flimsy in terms of fit. Both cloth and leather upholsteries are available depending on the trims selected. The front seats particularly are very comfortable. They provide great cushioning and bolstering on the sides as well.

2020 Nissan Altima dashboard

They are heated and offer multi-way power adjustments and are quite easily the best seats in the entire class. The steering wheel is thin with a flat bottom and houses numerous controls for various things. The Altima has very roomy interiors, although its dimensions are not the best in class. The rear seats are comfortable too and can easily seat three people. If there are no three passengers, you have a central armrest with cup holders as well. 

2020 Nissan Altima infotainment system

The 8-inch floating infotainment system sits atop the AC vents and it looks sleek and smart. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported. There’s a 7-inch information display in between the analog dials in the instrument cluster which is also very attractive. A 6-speaker stereo is standard but a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system is available as an option. The climate controls have a dedicated panel to them which also looks very neat.

Models

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry 2020 Honda Accord

2020 Hyundai Sonata

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/58.2/43.8 38.3/57.7/42.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

40.0/57.9/46.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.9/57.1/35.2 38.0/55.7/38.0 37.3/56.5/40.4 38.4/56.1/34.8
Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 15.4 14.1 16.7 16.0

The trunk volume of the Altima is average for the class. It offers just 15.4 cubic feet. Still, that’s plenty of space to fit at least four large bags and probably a little more. Fortunately, the rear seats can be folded to sore long items in the cargo area. The unusual shape of the trunk makes it difficult to store more items. The load lip is a little high though which may be some inconvenience. Some other interior and infotainment features of the Altima are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote engine start 
  • Tilt and telescoping multi-function leather, heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power front heated seats
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Moonroof
  • 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 9-speaker Bose premium sound system
  • Navigation system

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2020 Nissan Altima Exterior

6.0/10

Equipped with a dramatic but not distasteful version of Nissan’s V-Motion grille design, the Altima makes a bold visual statement- Kelly Blue Book

The new generation Nissan Altima looks handsome and bold. The design is more of an evolution than a revolution but tastefully so. The V-shaped chrome grille now comes down the entire length of the bumper which is further surrounded by a dark chrome V-grille. The headlamps have been completely redesigned and are now sleeker with arrow-like details inside them. The bumper housing the fog lamps have sharp angular cuts and creases to make a very bold front fascia. The Altima has a low ground clearance of 5.2 inches. So, getting in and out of the vehicle is easy. 

2020 Nissan Altima three-quarter view

Move over to the side and you will see a character line from the headlamps running along the window line to the rear door and another from the tail lamps to the front door – both beautifully contouring the side profile. There’s a chrome band along the window line and the sloping roofline has a black-accented panel on the C-pillar which gives it a sporty look. The 18-inch wheels look great too. At the rear, the tail lamps have been made sleeker and sharper with LED units and the dual exhaust with a mild diffuser in the bumper looks rather cool. There’s also a subtle boot lid spoiler to finish things off. 

Models

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry 2020 Honda Accord

2020 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,212 3,241 3,131 3,120

Length (in)

192.9

192.1 192.2 192.9

Width (in)

72.9

72.4

73.3

73.2

Height (in)

56.7 56.9 57.1 56.9

Ground Clearance (in)

5.2 5.7 5.8 5.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.2

111.2 111.4 111.8

The Honda Accord sits 0.6 inches higher than the Altima, which is good for escaping those high bumps on the road. The light curb weight of the Hyundai Sonata helps it to perform better on the road. The wheelbase of the Toyota Camry and the Altima is the same but the former actually offers better legroom in the rear row. Some other exterior features of the Altima are:

  • Active grille shutters
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED DRLs
  • Power, heated exterior mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Chrome window trim
  • 18 & 19-inch alloy wheels

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2020 Nissan Altima Safety

9.0/10

The 2020 Nissan Altima has been rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS- MotorTrend

The Nissan Altima earned top safety ratings from both the safety agencies. NHTSA gave it a 5-star rating for its excellent performance in all crash tests. IIHS honored the sedan with its second-highest accolade, Top Safety Pick, for its crashworthiness in all crash tests. These ratings prove the fact that the Altima is a safe vehicle. 

2020 Nissan Altima NHTSA crash test

When it comes to safety features, you are going to find a little bit of sacrifice in comparison to its rivals as Nissan offers limited standard driver aids on the Altima. You need to upgrade to the optional $890 Driver Assist package that adds a decent list of active safety features. All the available safety features are listed below:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward & reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Pedestrian detection 
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Surround-view camera
  • ProPilot assist
  • Lane departure warning

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2020 Nissan Altima Competition

9.0/10

2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Toyota Camry

Similarly priced as the Altima, the Toyota Camry has two peppy engine options that display excellent fuel efficiency. Inside, the Camry is more space and features better cabin materials but its trunk volume is smaller in size. The Camry's main highlight is a long list of standard safety features and safety ratings. Moreover, it has better reliability and low ownership costs too. 

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord offers two turbocharged engines and both of them offer brisk acceleration and livelier handling. Moreover, the Accord is more efficient than the Altima. The Accord's cabin is much roomier and its trunk volume is also great for a midsize sedan. It is also a Top Safety Pick by IIHS but offers more standard safety features, making it the best pick in this class. 

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Hyundai Sonata

Slightly cheaper than the Altima, the Hyundai Sonata's optional engine is less powerful but accelerates decently. The trade-off to less powerful engines is better fuel efficiency. The Sonata's cabin is equally spacious as the Altima but the quality of materials is better than the Altima. The trunk volume is also better. Even the Sonata's standard safety feature list is longer than the Altima. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

The 2020 Nissan Altima is a great car and while people were shifting to crossovers and SUVs, this mid-size sedan makes a bold statement and could possibly make people look back at sedans. It looks handsome, has decent quality interiors, has comfortable ride quality, and also has a potent engine. For all that the Altima has to offer at its price point, it is a great value for money offering and you’d be very happy to live with this car daily.

2020 Nissan Altima three-quarter view

2020 Nissan Altima FAQs

Does the 2020 Nissan Altima have heated seats?

Yes, heated front seats are standard from the SV trim onwards. 

Is the 2020 Nissan Altima a reliable car?

In the J.D. Power reliability test, the Nissan Altima scored 80 out of 100, which is a good score but is less than its rivals. 

Is there a recall on the 2020 Nissan Altima?

Yes, there are four recalls on the 2020 Nissan Altima according to NHTSA. 

Does the 2020 Nissan Altima need premium gas?

No, regular gas is required for the 2020 Nissan Altima. 

Do the back seats fold down in the 2020 Nissan Altima?

Yes, the rear seats fold to increase the cargo space. 

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