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2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima

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$24,300 — $35,180 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
29-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2020 Nissan Altima exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Nissan Altima
  • 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

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2020 Nissan Altima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.5
72 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Cheaply made exterior and interior parts

by No more Nissans from Pa on November 25, 2020

I have only owned my 2020 Altima for 5 months and I am very disappointed in some exterior and interior parts. For example my drivers side floor mat fastener has broken causing it to slide under both ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my nissan!

by DawnR from Joliet, Il on November 20, 2020

Love the AWD and the new technology. It also has the remote start which a blessing in the cold winters here. And the backup camera is easy to see. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Nissan Altima currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    N/A

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Altima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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