2020 Nissan Altima
The 2020 Nissan Altima is a stylish mid-size offering that gives buyers plenty of comfort and security features as well as exclusive content thanks to its Intelligent Mobility that they can’t get elsewhere. The Altima is the only sedan in its class with optional all-wheel-drive, along with its contemporary tech and a spacious cabin, making it one of the more robust offerings in its segment.
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What’s new for 2020?
The Nissan Altima model was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, thus the model receives very little updates for 2020. Nissan now offers more optional driver-assistance technology on the entry-level S and SR trims. These trims previously offered standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking only. Other optional advanced safety features that can be had with the 2020 Altima include lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. Other features include glossy-black interior accents and a memory function for the sideview mirrors on the SV trim and up.
Buyers interested in the 2020 Altima have the option to choose from six different trims: SR, SV, SR VC-Turbo, SL, Platinum, Platinum VC Turbo. The 2020 Nissan Altima is also offered in two different drivetrains, either front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. Standard under the hood of the Altima is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). There’s an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is also paired with CVT and makes 248 horsepower. Only the 2.5-liter engine can be had with all-wheel-drive. The VC-Turbo engine makes the model significantly quicker, with a zero to 60 mph time of 5.9 seconds.
Standard features of the 2020 Nissan Altima include LED daytime running headlamps (SV trim and up), heated exterior mirrors, impact sensors, splash guards, and alloy wheels. There’s a sunroof that’s available on all trims except the base SR trim as well. High-tier trims such as the SL, Platinum, and Platinum VC Turbo trims feature chrome accents and a larger variety of available exterior colors. The SR trim is available in Deep Blue Pearl, Glacier White, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic and Super Black. The trims that follow include those shades and add the following: Sunset Drift ChromaFlair, Scarlet Ember TintCoat, and Pearl White TriCoat.
On the inside, the Altima’s cabin features a straightforward dashboard complete with user-friendly switchgear. Materials vary among trim levels, ranging from cloth to leather upholstery, but even the cloth options are a significant improvement when compared with the previous-generation Altima. Optional features include ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a power sunroof, and memory settings for the driver’s seat. For a sportier look — from the SV trim and up — buyers can enjoy a flat-bottomed steering wheel with faux carbon fiber accents. The front seats are comfortable, spacious, and offer sturdy lumbar support, while the back seat offers passengers a large bench seat and ample legroom.
Every Altima, regardless of trim, comes with a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen display complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. There’s even a customizable main menu for a touch of personalization. Upgrades include a built-in navigation system, and a dealer-installed 4G LTE mobile hotspot. Audiophiles will be glad to learn that the 2020 Nissan Altima offers a nine-speaker Bose Premium Audio System that makes the most out of the interior acoustics as every instrument sounds as if it’s hitting from a different angle for a front-row sound feel. There’s even an available Active Noise Cancellation feature as well so that everyone can enjoy a quieter cabin.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2020 Altima hasn’t been crash-tested yet, but the 2019 model was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Given that the suite of safety features was expanded for the 2020 model year, it’s safe to assume that the Altima will be named a Top Safety Pick again. Every Altima, regardless of trim, comes standard with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist and other advanced safety features are available on the SR trims and up. Only the high-tier Altima trims offer the semi-autonomous drive mode that Nissan refers to as ProPilot Assist.
All Nissan vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year / 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, respectively whichever comes first. The 2020 Nissan Altima has a starting MSRP of $24,100 (plus destination fee).