2020 Nissan Altima Near Springfield
After a complete design overhaul in 2019, the 2020 Altima returns sporting the same bold and athletic style that made it a big hit. Since then, it’s been able to contend with the likes of other highly successful and sporty midsized sedans, namely the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry – neither of which offers all-wheel drive like the Altima does. While the latest Altima looks identical to the outgoing model on the outside, it comes with a full suite of driver aids on its second-level trim that were once reserved for trims farther up the ladder. All things considered, this Altima is expected to garner plenty of positive attention again for 2020.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The ‘20 Altima is available in seven trim levels: S, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum VC-Turbo. Last model year’s engines return: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder (188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque) and the exclusive 2.0-liter Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) four-cylinder (248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque). Both come mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2.5-liter versions can be ordered in either the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, while the VC-Turbo trims only come in FWD.
The base S comes with a good assortment of standard features, such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera system, and push-button ignition. For those looking for increased performance, the SR has a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and unique styling elements. This trim can also be outfitted with an optional sunroof, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. The SV gets the same features, minus the suspension and paddle shifters, plus dual-zone automatic climate control. The SL and Platinum get leather seating, with the Platinum also receiving memory functions for both the driver-side mirror and driver’s seat.
Safety & Technology
Although at the time of this writing the ’20 Altima hadn’t been rated for its overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2019 model received five stars and it’s expected that the latest Altima will do the same. All trims get some great driver-assist features. The S comes outfitted with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, and if you want to add some more confidence-inducing tech you can include the optional blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning, and rear sonar system. These features carry over to the remaining trims as standard, and the SV, SL, and Platinum each get Nissan’s ProPilot Assist technology, which adds adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.
The first three trims get the standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The SL upgrades its setup to include navigation and a nine-speaker Bose audio system, while the Platinum adds an around-view camera system.