2020 Nissan Altima

MSRP range: $24,300 - $35,180
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2020 Nissan Altima Review

  • Offers full suite of semi-automated driving features
  • Above-average estimated and real-life fuel economy scores
  • Easy-to-drive nature
  • Poor outward visibility due to thick roof pillars and low-res rear camera
  • Steering lacks road feel and can be slow to respond
  • Uninspiring interior materials and disappointing fit and finish
  • Full suite of driver aids now standard on SR trim and optional on S
  • Platinum trim offers memory function for driver-side mirror positions
  • Piano-black trim added to SV, SL and Platinum trim-level interiors
  • Part of the sixth Altima generation introduced for 2019

Redesigned last year, the Nissan Altima features bold changes that vault it back among today's front-running family sedans. Always competent and capable, Nissan's midsizer has long lingered in the shadows of the big sellers from Honda and Toyota. But the 2020 Nissan Altima reasserts itself with improved performance, sophisticated technology and impressive comfort.

Bold changes continue with an exterior style that isn't a wholesale departure from the last model. Tighter lines and dimensions as well as a larger grille give today's Altima undeniable personality. The interior isn't quite as memorable, but everything looks good. The controls are within easy reach, and the seats remain some of the best in the business. Longtime Altima watchers may regret the departure of Nissan's brawny V6 engine, but the turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers good solace.

Overall, this Altima is more competitive than its predecessor, and you might want to give it a look if you want all-wheel drive. However, it's still no match for the top midsize sedans that include the well-rounded Honda Accord, the value-packed Hyundai Sonata and the upscale Mazda 6.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Nissan Altima as one of Edmunds' Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020.

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The Nissan Altima has been on the fringes of the midsize segment for the better part of a decade. This latest Altima generation is more appealing thanks to solid fuel economy and useful driver safety aids, but it fails to truly match the segment all-stars.
The Altima won't win you over with stellar acceleration or braking. Our test all-wheel-drive Altima had the 2.5-liter engine, and it covered 0-60 mph in an unremarkable 8.4 seconds. The CVT automatic is well-tuned, however, and helps make the Altima an almost invisible partner during day-to-day driving.

Another bright spot is the stable handling. You'll have confidence guiding the Altima through fast, sweeping curves. But this handling prowess underscores the Altima's overly light and vague steering.
The Altima is a calm place to sit out daily traffic. The front seats are generally comfortable, but some drivers might wish for more thigh support. Engine noises are commendably well-isolated even under hard acceleration.

Less appealing is the constant stream of little impacts you'll feel when driving over rough road surfaces. The Altima's ride seems continuously busy in these instances, and larger impacts can be pretty jarring.
The interior lacks style, but it more than makes up for it with straightforward usability. In particular, the climate controls and touchscreen functions are clearly labeled and easy to reach.

Though most of the Altima's sightlines are good, rear visibility is hampered by the high rear decklid. Also problematic are the low-resolution rearview camera and the distracting reflections of the dashboard and rear decklid you'll see in the windows during bright sunlight.
The Altima's base infotainment system is adequate but won't wow you. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and the audio system is easy to operate. The sound quality is merely OK. Bluetooth operation was a bit finicky in our testing but the calls were clear.

The Altima's ProPilot Assist system, which includes lane centering and low-speed adaptive cruise control, is quite the bonus. The adaptive cruise control works very well, needing very little correction in traffic.
The Altima's trunk isn't the biggest in the class, but it can still accept a few full-size suitcases. Its squared-off shape also makes it easy to load to the maximum amount. The folding rear seats are standard fare but can only be released through a pull tab in the trunk. They must be lowered by physically pulling on the seatback from the inside — they don't automatically fold when released. Front passengers get ample storage for small items. However, the cupholders are a bit shallow for taller drink bottles.
We tested the all-wheel-drive Altima, which the EPA estimates gets 30 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway). It posted an impressive 34 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route. Odds are, you can expect to get pretty good fuel economy from the Altima.
Roomy and comfortable with the option of all-wheel drive, the Altima proves it has some distinctive value in the midsize sedan class. Warranties are middle-of-the-road, as is the roadside assistance offering. A strong showing with highway fuel economy could tip the scales for long-distance drivers as could the all-wheel drive for those who live with inclement weather.

But some spots of poor build quality and a lack of attention to detail set the Altima back where it can least afford it. Gaps where the dashboard meets the windshield, and a hood design that makes it look out of alignment, stand out when compared to better-built competitors.
It's nice to see just how normal the new Altima really is. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the experience of driving and living with the Altima is generally more than the sum of its parts. Even though sedans seem to be on the way out, the class is still fiercely competitive and it takes a pretty good car just to be midpack.

The Nissan goes about tackling daily driving without much effort from the driver while providing its passengers ample comfort and a fair amount of convenience.

Which Altima does Edmunds recommend?

The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine upgrade is responsive and infuses the Altima with impressive performance. It's limited to the SR and Platinum trims, though, which may be too little or too much for many buyers. The SV is a good middle ground. It doesn't offer the turbo engine, but it comes with most of the features you'll want every day, including the full complement of Nissan's driver aids.

Nissan Altima models

The 2020 Nissan Altima is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in five trim levels: S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum.

The Altima's standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (188 horsepower, 180 lb-ft of torque) paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (248 hp, 280 lb-ft) is available for SR and Platinum trims only. It's also paired with a CVT automatic, but it's limited to front-wheel drive.

The S base trim is indeed pretty basic, but it offers decent features for the money, such as a power-adjustable driver's seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, push-button start, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB inputs, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connections.

The S comes with front collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a rearview camera. And for 2020 you can append additional safety features including blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear parking sensors.

The SR is the Altima's "sport" trim, offering a sportier suspension, transmission paddle shifters and unique styling elements. It also comes with the driver assistance features that are optional on the S trim. The SR can also be ordered with a sunroof and heated seats.

The SV blends features from the S and the SR (minus the SR's sportier elements, primarily suspension and styling) and adds items such as noise-reducing side windows, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control. Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology — largely stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist — is also included.

Moving up to the SL brings leather seating, a navigation system and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. Springing for the Platinum adds finishing touches such as 19-inch wheels, a 360-degree camera and ambient cabin lighting.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Nissan Altima.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
25 total reviews
5 star reviews: 64%
4 star reviews: 12%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 12%
1 star reviews: 8%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Underrated car
Michael,
2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Our 2020 Altima SL is simply a fantastic car. Most comfortable seats I've experienced ever. Built well, with no squeaks and rattles. Quiet and composed ride over smooth and rough surfaces. Amazing tech (especially the semi-auto on the highway) with big screen and super easy to use interface. And a smooth, refined engine even when accelerating spiritedly that is getting me 35mpg on my stop-and-commute to and from work. You can tell we're pleased with our decision!
5/5 stars, 2020 Nissan Altima SV AWD
StPeteBeach4Winter55 ,
2.5 SV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
This is our 3rd Altima & 6th Nissan. We never buy the 1st model year following a complete new generation. We traded our ' 14 Altima SV with 47Kmi for the new Altima. Love the updates both tech and body style. We opted for the optional wheel upgrade and the convenience pkg. The AWD was a easy decision as our other daily driver is our '19 Rogue SV AWD with the mnrf & wheel pkg. Its our 1st Rogue so we leased it but purchased our Altima as its our 3rd in a row. Had 2 Maximas before the Altimas. I must say the new Altima w/ AWD is Nissan's best sedan option. We considered the SR AWD trim pkg but the SV AWD has the best features with the convenience pkg. Best ride, very spirited acceleration and great handling. The Altima is under-rated as its the most comfortable car we have owned and we've had Infiniti's, Saab's, Volvo's, Honda's and a Toyota Tacoma. Plus a few GM products. We leased for years but after our 1st Altima lease in 2011 we've purchased the last 2 as they're the best sedan available. AWD may be new to the Altima but Nissan's premium brand Infiniti has been selling AWD sedans for years with zero issues, so we have no concerns with the Altima's drivetrain. Once you get use to the new exterior styling that allows the Maxima, Altima, new 2020 Sentra, & Versa sedan all share similar attributes. Nissan enlarged the 2020 Sentra much like Honda did with their Civic, but Toyota didn't enlarge the new Corolla which will hurt it. The 2020 Sentra is similar in size to the 2011 Altima and especially the 1st & 2nd generation Altima. I expect now that we are both retired and spending our winters in FL, we will keep our Altima in FL, but the drive down last month allows me to also share the new Altima is a GREAT road trip car just like the last generation '13-18 Altima having the most comfortable front seats. I know your thinking why buy the AWD version if you're keeping your Altima in FL? Have you ever driven on the interstate during a FL down pour, well we have many times and it provides added piece of mind knowing that all 4 tires with stability control turned on will help keep our Altima headed safely in the correct direction when experiencing hydroplaning. Plus I ordered AWD just in case we decide to drive back to NY in mid-December for the holidays rather than flying. Go for a test drive if you're in the market for a family sedan. Other than the Subaru Legacy, the Accord, Camry, Sonata & Optima don't offer AWD. Plus both our previous '14 & new '20 Altima get better mpg than our neighbors '12 Civic & '17 Elantra including AWD. Make sure to test drive the SV trim pkg Altima as its the volume leading pkg but the 2.5S trim, now the base model is every bit as comfortable as the other trim levels. We always get the middle trim pkg on all our vehicles as we appreciate the extra features but we don't need the SL Platinum pkg besides the SV pkg provides heated seats and you can add a heated steering wheel if desired. We didn't opt for the heated steering wheel but the heated seats are a must have and standard remote start with standard climate control allows me to set the temperature at 70 year around. In the winter it warms up & summer it cools down, all standard with the SV trim. Add the convenience pkg if you want the extras w/o having to put up with leather seats in the summer. Never again. Our 2011 Altima had the SL trim as it was a dealer demo and we got it for less than the SV trim w/convenience pkg. Our Maximas each had cloth. Hoping that AWD will be an option on the Maxima as it would be nice to have another one someday, and maybe a 2.0T will replace the 6cyl as the Altima no longer has the optional 6cyl, but rather a turbo 4cyl. Enjoy your test drive and remember the only other AWD sedan that's not in the $35K+ starting MSRP is the Subaru Legacy and although its a new generation for 22020,the Altima has much more updated styling inside and out. The only complaint I have which may be age related is our Altima doesn't have a CD player but our '19 Rogue does and so does the 2020 Rogue. Check out the next generation Rogue via google. You may want to grab a leftover ' 19 or a '20. It may be like the new Altima was for me, it took about a year to grow on me and now I love the Altima. The new Honda Accord did the opposite. At 1st it was attention grabbing but after a few months I grew to really not care for it. The '93-'97 generation Accord is why we became Nissan customers buying a ' 95 Maxima our 1st Nissan.
5/5 stars, Altima SR terrific car!
Mike ,
2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
As a lifetime buyer if used cars I decided to look for a new car and I read and looked at many in this same category of cars. I’ve owned 2 BMW 7 series, a Jag XJ6 and several Cadi’s, all great cars but costly to maintain in the long run. I then bought a primo condition Low mileage Maxima, loved it for the 10 years and 130000+ miles I drove it. So deciding to go with a more ‘traditional’ type of sedan, I still wanted something sporty and a good performer! I love my new SR! The design inside and out is sharp and the extras like blind spot detection, emergency braking and other safety related features are state of the art. The car is quick and accelerates nicely, holding steady at passing speeds. It responds quickly, steering is tight and responsive and it hugs turns very nicely. The interior is nice and spacious and great looking. My car is light gray with a black interior with orange accent stitching! Looks so sharp! I haven’t driven it in snow but with many decades of snow and ice driving behind me and a believer in good snow tires I’m more than sure it will meet my expectations there as well! They also offer an AWD version for those who prefer that! I love a great looking responsive car and this Altima SR meets both nicely!
5/5 stars, My 2020 Altima
Mrs Thomas,
2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I recently purchased my 2020 Nissan Altima, November 22, 2019. I have to say i am in love with my car. I love how push button start is a standard feature. The CVT transmission gives me great fuel economy & i gives me an exceptional smoothing ride. I literally do not feel the gears shift because it’s continuously variable. Also, i love the redesign V shape grille starting in 2019. That is the first exterior feature that drew me to wanting this Altima. My seats are comfortable and i get great gas mileage driving to and from work. The Altima also has 8 inch info screen that sits in the dash. The back seat has enough room for my daughter’s car seat and 2 other people. They seat comfortably. I have to say i found it online, went to the dealership with stock number and walked away with the exact car i had been looking at. So far, i am really satisfied.

2020 Nissan Altima videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] DAN FRIO: Maybe you heard sedans are dead. Nissan doesn't think so. The company is so bullish on sedans, in fact, that it's developed two new engines and an all-wheel drive system for its all new Altima. The new Altima doesn't look much different from the previous generation, but it's actually one inch shorter, one inch wider, the grille is larger, and they've actually thinned out the headlights by moving the turn signal just above the fog lights. It's an aggressive look, it's a bold look, it might not suit every buyer. I think it looks cool, especially given what the car can do. The Altima has traditionally been and also ran in a midsize sedan class, but it also offers excellent value for the money. We're here to find out if that's still the case. The new Altima offers two engines. There's a 2.5 liter four cylinder that comes standard, but the big news is this 2 liter variable compression turbocharged engine. And as the name suggests, the engine can vary compression ratios depending on driving conditions. At higher ratios, it will give you the fuel efficiency of a four cylinder. At lower ratios, it will give you the power and torque of a V6. And in fact, this motor replaces the outgoing 3.5 liter V6 in the old Altima. We actually have this 2 liter turbo engine in our long-term Infiniti QX50, which was the first model this engine debuted in. We haven't had a lot of time with it, but early impressions are pretty good. People seem to like it. The transmission is a CVT, which is a similar transmission to the last Altima, but Nissan says they've recalibrated it. Gave it a new torque converter. Generally it feels better than the CVT in the previous model. It's snappier, it responds better, and it's definitely quieter. One of the things we liked about the last Altima was its handling, and those characteristics seem to have carried over to this new model as well. It handles very nicely. One of the things we didn't like about the last Altima was its steering. Steering in this model notably improved. Good on center feel, not a lot of play side to side. Good amount of effort when you take into fast curves. And seems to be enough effort at low speed in parking lot type situations. So overall, Nissan says they had to retune the steering to accommodate the semi-autonomous steering function. Whatever they've done has paid off. It feels a lot better. Nissan interiors have traditionally been a little nicer than the price would suggest. This Altima is no different. There's nothing particularly lush in here, but it is a clean and minimal design. New for this year is an eight inch touchscreen display with sharp graphics, large tiles for functions, and a row of hard buttons at the bottom here for getting back to the home screen easily. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time. And I like this detail here, this oyster shell type inlay. It's plastic, but it looks cool, it gives the cabin some visual interest, and it reminds me of a drum kit that Ringo Starr used to play in the Beatles. One small nitpick in this cabin is this carbon fiber inlay in the armrest here. It just doesn't seem to match with the rest of the cabin design, particularly this inlay or this chrome strip. It's a minor detail, but when you're paying about $35,000 for a car like this, you don't want to see things that are necessarily out of place. These seats are phenomenal. Nissan touts some NASA inspired design or technology. Whatever they're doing, it works. These seats are really comfortable. The seat backs in particular are soft. It's almost as if there's a layer of memory foam back there. Seat cushions feel the same way. And for this year, they've increased the bolstering to better keep you in place during cornering. Rear seat room is one of those things that can make or break a mid-sized sedan, and the Altima has plenty of it. Got plenty of elbow room, leg room, even room under the seat for my feet. Even with the center armrest down, I've got room to spread out. I'd be plenty comfortable back here on a long road trip. I could even keep my phone charged, because the Altima has got two USB ports back here, one regular and one type C. Even though this Altima has a clean and minimal interior design, when you're paying almost $35,000, which is what this platinum trim costs, you might expect something a little more visually exciting. It doesn't blow me away, but it's not unreasonable for a car in this price bracket either. Now we're out on the highway, perfect place to use Nissan's pro pilot assist. Pro pilot assist is a group of features that, when taken together, add up to semi-autonomous driving. Nissan doesn't want to call it that, but that's what it is. It's basically adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and a certain amount of self-steering. You can use pro pilot assist as a standard adaptive cruise control system with lane departure warning. But one of the cool things about it is you can press this steering wheel button over here, and the car will actually steer itself for a limited amount of time. It wants you to take the wheel back after about 10 seconds or so. It's not self-driving by any means, but the ability to take your hands off the wheel, keep your foot off the brake, and let the car drive for you a little bit is going to really help you relax on a bad commute. One of the Altima's notable new features is all wheel drive. It's the first Nissan sedan to offer power to all four wheels. Nissan believes that all wheel drive is a feature that buyers in wet weather areas want, and lack of all wheel drive is a reason why those buyers often opt for crossovers instead of a sedan. This system normally operates in front wheel drive, but it can send as much as 50% of power to the rear wheels when extra traction is needed. The catch? It's only available with the standard 2.5 liter engine. Nissan hasn't ruled out offering it for the new 2 liter turbo if there's demand. The Altima's standard 2.5 liter engine returns 32 MPG combined. Add all wheel drive and that drops to 30 MPG. The 2 liter turbo that were driving now returns 29 MPG, which is pretty remarkable given the extra power that you get with the 2 liter. Makes it well worth the upgrade. Among mid-sized sedans, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have long dominated, even with good choices from Hyundai, Kia, and Chevrolet. The Nissan Altima has always run somewhere in the middle of that pack. It's always offered good value at a price that's easy to stomach. We can't wait to get it back to our test track and see how it compares to its top rivals. Overall, this Altima represents a vast improvement over the previous generation. The steering is crisp, the CVT is quieter and more responsive, and the 2 liter turbo is a worthy successor to the outgoing V6. For buyers who prefer the look and feel of a sedan rather than a crossover or SUV, this Altima is a smart and stylish pick. For more information on the 2019 Nissan Altima, be sure to check out edmunds.com. If you like this video, be sure to click Subscribe, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

2019 Nissan Altima First Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Nissan Altima, but since the 2020 Nissan Altima is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

The redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima offers two new engines, innovative self-driving technology and, for the first time in the U.S., all-wheel drive. A new 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration give the interior more modern appeal, while the Altima's NASA-inspired seats remain among the best in the business. Is it enough to give the Altima an edge on its traditional midsize-sedan rivals? Edmunds staff writer Dan Frio crosses the hills and highways around Santa Barbara and Ojai, California, in a 2019 Altima Platinum Edition One, a limited run of the Altima's top trim only available for 2019.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$24,300
MPG & Fuel
28 City / 39 Hwy / 32 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 188 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 180 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 192.9 in. / Height: 56.7 in. / Width: 72.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3212 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.4 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Altima safety features:

Around-View Monitor
Overcomes blind spots with a bird's-eye view of the car and its surroundings.
Forward Emergency Braking
Helps to ensure that a momentary lapse of driver attention won't result in a collision.
ProPilot Assist
This combination of driver aids works together to offer semi-automated, nearly self-driving operation.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat4 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.2%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Nissan Altima vs. the competition

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima

2019 Honda Accord

2019 Honda Accord

Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has long been the benchmark among family sedans. The Toyota Camry may consistently outsell it, but the Accord blends the best of practicality and performance. Today's Accord may be the best yet, with innovative tech and safety features and an interior that rivals those in entry-level luxury sedans. The Altima lacks some of the Accord's polish, isn't as lively in its handling, and has a smaller trunk. But it matches the Honda by most other measures that matter: comfort, roominess, technology and safety.

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Nissan Altima vs. Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata's long-term strategy of offering a wealth of features at a lower price than most rivals — combined with a handsome design, a roomy interior and impressive quality — gives it an edge among family sedans. Like the Altima, the Sonata's base engine is lackluster, and its top turbo engine trails the performance of its competitors. However, the Sonata doesn't offer all-wheel drive, and it can't touch the Altima's driver assistance features.

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Nissan Altima vs. Chevrolet Malibu

The Malibu continues to get by with an older design and just-enough technology, but it remains a strong consideration among family sedans. The Malibu offers a more buttoned-down ride quality, with a solid feeling of weight and mass behind it. In comparison, the Altima is a little looser. While neither car will inspire you to attack canyon roads as if in an Italian sports car, the Altima is lighter on its feet and more responsive. And just freshly redesigned, the Altima's interior is leaps ahead of the Malibu's, which felt dated three years ago.

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FAQ

Is the Nissan Altima a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Altima both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Altima fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Altima gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 32 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Altima has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Altima. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Nissan Altima?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Nissan Altima:

  • Full suite of driver aids now standard on SR trim and optional on S
  • Platinum trim offers memory function for driver-side mirror positions
  • Piano-black trim added to SV, SL and Platinum trim-level interiors
  • Part of the sixth Altima generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Nissan Altima reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan Altima is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Altima. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Altima's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Nissan Altima a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Nissan Altima is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Altima and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Altima is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Nissan Altima?

The least-expensive 2020 Nissan Altima is the 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,300.

Other versions include:

  • 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,900
  • 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $24,300
  • 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $27,250
  • 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $30,240
  • 2.5 S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,650
  • 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $28,140
  • 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $29,490
  • 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $31,590
  • VC-T SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $29,750
  • 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $33,750
  • 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $32,400
  • VC-T Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $35,180
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What are the different models of Nissan Altima?

If you're interested in the Nissan Altima, the next question is, which Altima model is right for you? Altima variants include 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Altima models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Nissan Altima Overview

The 2020 Nissan Altima is offered in the following submodels: Altima Sedan. Available styles include 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT), VC-T SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and VC-T Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Nissan Altima?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Nissan Altima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Altima 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Altima.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Nissan Altima and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Altima featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2020 Nissan Altima?

2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,640. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,080 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,080 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,560.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 12% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,065. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,776 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,776 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,289.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 13.5% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,900. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $4,234 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,234 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,666.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 14.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Nissan Altima VC-T SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima VC-T SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,675. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima VC-T SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $4,252 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,252 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,423.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima VC-T SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 13.4% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,235. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,747 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,747 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,488.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 11.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,230. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $4,352 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,352 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,878.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 12.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Nissan Altima VC-T Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Altima VC-T Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,255. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Altima VC-T Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $4,548 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,548 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,707.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Altima VC-T Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 12.2% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 Nissan Altimas are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Nissan Altima?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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