2020 Nissan Altima

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2020 Nissan Altima
2020 Nissan Altima

Key specs

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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 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Good Car, Minor System Issues

I’ve own a 2020 Altima (under 30k miles) for a few months now, its my daily commuter, and I’ve made certain to take care of any issues and required maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations. One thing I can say for certain about the 2020 Altima is that its definitely a good car for long to medium distance commuting. It gets above 30 mpg, has a Continuously Variable Transmission which makes keeping high speeds while traveling up hill far less intensive on the engine itself, and it makes for a smooth ride as you can’t even feel it shift unlike conventional geared transmissions. It has good handling, blindspots are not as terrible as I have seen, and the adjustments to seating and music give you just enough variety to let you feel at home without bogging you down with too many options. Those are the good parts. One problem out of a very small number of negatives is the Apple CarPlay. I am not certain if this is a natural thing with Apple CarPlay, but its not entirely reliable. Some days you need to turn the car off and on again to get it to work, or maybe your steering wheel buttons don’t work, or the standard Altima music bar sticks on top of CarPlay, or maybe for an entire day music plays out of only your back passenger speaker. The problems happen just frequently enough that when I drive a car with a much simpler music player, I find myself relieved. Now I like CarPlay. It allows me to use Google Maps in a very simple manner, and selecting music as well is not too difficult. I just wish it were more reliable


My third Altima , love this May del of Nissan

This model meets all my requirements of style comfort and reliability , as have the two Altima’s we have owned in the past . Would buy another, in the future !


Not worth what I paid and expected

I think for 20k which I paid, this car should be more durable. The tail pipe fell down and I had to get that fixed as well it sounds like my dashboard vibrates!! The engine is not as quiet as I would like either! I had it looked at and the mechanic said that is just how the Nissian Altima sounds. Wish I would have bought something else with that 20k!! The exterior and interior look nice but the car is cheap when it comes to durability and engine sound.

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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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