2020 Nissan Altima

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2020 Nissan Altima
2020 Nissan Altima

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

192.9” x 57.1”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • CVT operation
  • Intuitive multimedia system
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Safety and self-driving tech
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fuel efficiency

The bad:

  • Choppy ride with 19-inch wheels
  • Numb steering
  • Seat cushions too small
  • Some inconsistent cabin materials
  • Turbo engine needs premium gas for full power

7 trims

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Notable features

  • Wider availability of active safety features
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Lane-centering steering, adaptive cruise control available

2020 Nissan Altima review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Nissan Altima?

Redesigned last year, the five-seat Altima is Nissan’s mid-size sedan. It comes in five trim levels – S, SR, SV, SL and the range-topping Platinum – and can have front- or all-wheel drive. The base engine is a 188-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while a unique variable-compression turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 236 hp (248 hp on premium gas) is also available. Both engines work with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Altima faces competition from the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata

What’s New on the 2020 Nissan Altima?

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now available across the Altima lineup. The suite of active safety features includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and high-beam assist.

What Features in the 2020 Nissan Altima Are Most Important?

The Altima is one of a select few mid-size family sedans that offers all-wheel drive, which may appeal to drivers in the Snow Belt. Useful technology features include standard push-button start, remote start, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system, which helps manage steering and vehicle speed in certain driving conditions, is available. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Nissan Altima?

The Altima is a good value and offers a lot of safety tech, and it also has good EPA-estimated gas mileage, with certain versions nearly hitting 40 mpg on the highway. That said, cabin shortcomings include small seat cushions, inconsistent materials and not a lot of storage space.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Don’t let the older generation scare you.

So, the reviews you see about people upset on the CVT transmission, has nothing to do with anything other than the older generation believing cars should have manual transmissions, and the standard automatic. As this doesn’t give them enough VROOM VROOM. When they hit the gas. Day 1, of having this, someone tried to race me lol. Because the car can handle speeds pretty well. Interior is silent, feels like I’m just gliding through the street. The most comfortable car I’ve sat in. Google if it’s reliable, it’s average mileage is 250k-300k miles. It lasts awhile. Definitely a great car to drive then pass down if that’s your thing. This is a fuel efficient, newer vehicle. If you want a vroom vroom car, don’t buy one with a transmission you don’t like… True car enthusiasts read all specs and test drive before purchase.



Worst car I’ve ever owned out of 20+ cars, had a 2020 sr thing was the biggest lemon ever, the cvt transmission is trash and wicked dangerous on the highway. The interior rattles and vibrates over every single bump in the road. The person who designed that cvt trans should be locked up.



I purchased the 2020 s model as a certified vehicle with 100,000 mile warranty. My catatilac converter went out and the cost of it is $3000 and I was told by my service advisor that it was busted up in the inside because the fluide was not flow correctly in it. And this is just a 2020 model. So this means the motor is bad in this vehicle or something. NOW I AM OUT OF $23,000 because when I thought I was buying a reliable [preown] vehicle from the dealership. (UNION CITY OF NISSAN} WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER ALL MAJOR PARTS

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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