How does the 2020 Nissan Altima differ from other years?

Quick notes

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2019 model year. There were not many changes made for the 2020 model year.

Long considered a classic ‘survivor’ similar to the Dodge K car, the Nissan Altima as we know it was introduced in 1992 and has been motoring ever since.

Featuring five trim models for the 2020 model year, the Nissan Altima looks to be a safe purchase bet for a reliable tried and true automobile.

The Nissan Altima was introduced in 1992 and has been steadily produced as a Nissan favorite ever since. Its competitors are the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda6 for comparison. It may not always get as much attention as the competitors in the same class, but the Nissan Altima’s reliability and capability are had to overlook. This trend looks to continue with the 2020 Nissan Altima.

The Nissan was redesigned for the 2019 model year and only slight variations have been made for the 2020 model. The most significant change is the move from 6 trim levels to 5. This is the sixth generation for the Nissan Altima.

The 2020 Nissan Altima

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The redesign of 2019 gave the Nissan Altima tighter lines and a larger grille. It comes in 8 colors — classics such as Super Black, Brillian Silver Metallic, Glacier White, and Gun Metallic, along with the slightly less conservative Storm Blue and Scarlet Ember Tintcoat. Nissan also offers a trendier Deep Blue Pearl and Sunset Drift ChromaFlair.

The colors, wheel options, and engine choices allow you to take the car from a student car to a family sedan to a business car. All in all, it is a consistently dependable and capable vehicle.

Nissan offers 2 engine choices along with the front-wheel-drive and AWD options for the 2020 model year Nissan. The engine choices are a base 2.5L 4-cylinder outputting 188hp or a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder outputting 248hp, which is nice.

Need more power?

The 188hp provides an estimated 29-32MPG fuel economy, while the 288hp registers a combined 29MPG. Premium fuel must be used to get the most out of the turbocharged engine. The price of premium fuel is worth it for the additional horsepower.

“AWD is available as an option for the base model, but the turbocharged 2.0L is only available with front-wheel-drive.”

The trim levels offer anywhere from 16″ to 19″ wheel options. Larger wheels combined with the steering have been found to a bit of a numb ride with lack of wheel feedback and a firm suspension ride.

The interior quality is decent, but by no means premium. Test drivers have indicated that the seats are on the small side. Again, this tends to be true of Asian-produced automobiles, the same as with Italian cars.

Features and safety

Nissan provided the 2020 Altima with lots of standard interior features heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, heated steering wheel, and a 4-way power passenger seat.

“With a MSRP of $24,100-$35,180 the 2020 Nissan Altima is definitely worth a look. The car has a great safety rating and a reliable 27-year history.”

The 2020 Nissan Altima features expanded safety features, such as their Safety Shield 360 system, which includes lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning.

Lane centering steering to a stop is included in their ProPilot Assist system, which is available on their higher trim levels. This feature is part of their semi-autonomous driving system for the 2020 Nissan Altima.

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