A reliable midsize sedan is a smart choice for both your daily commute and taking a family road trip. The Nissan Altima offers the kind of features and performance you can count on, but how do you know if it's the right car for you? To help drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland decide, Maguire Nissan explores everything it has to offer in this 2020 Nissan Altima review.

Nissan Altima Specs & Fuel Economy

The 2020 Nissan Altima offers two sporty and efficient powertrains. The base engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is also available. Both drivetrains work with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission® (CVT). This transmission helps it get up to an EPA-estimated 28 MPG city and 39 MPG highway1.

The more powerful engine option is a 2.0L Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo™) 4-cylinder engine. It also comes with an Xtronic CVT® and can deliver up to 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This athletic engine can also get up to an EPA-estimated 25 MPG city and 34 MPG highway¹.

Nissan Altima Interior Dimensions & Amenities


The Nissan Altima features seating for up to five people. Everyone will have room to relax with 100.8 cubic feet of passenger space. There's 43.8 inches of legroom up front and 35.2 inches of legroom in the backseat. You'll even have space for three people to sit comfortably in the back with 57.1 inches of shoulder room. Plus, with 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room, you'll be able to pack lots of bags and boxes in the trunk.





39.2 inches

36.9 inches


43.8 inches

35.2 inches

Shoulder Room

58.2 inches

57.1 inches


Both cloth and leather seats are available, as well as plenty of premium amenities. An available leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift give the cabin the feeling of a sports car, while power adjustable front seats can help you get more comfortable. You can also sync your smartphone to a user-friendly infotainment system or let some light in using the power sliding glass moonroof.

Nissan Altima Safety Features

In addition to available all-wheel drive, the Nissan Altima comes with Vehicle Dynamic Control with a Traction Control System. It can also keep you safe during an accident with front and rear crumple zones to direct energy away from the interior. Inside, you'll be protected by eight airbags, including roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags that cover both rows of seats.

There's also lots of technology to help prevent accidents. Nissan Safety Shield® 360 is available and gives you more awareness with driver assistance features, such as:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Test Drive the 2020 Nissan Altima

To learn more about the 2020 Nissan Altima and to get behind the wheel, contact Maguire Nissan. The Altima is a stylish midsize sedan with a smooth ride, great fuel economy, and peace of mind for  drivers and families in Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland to enjoy.

1 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 28 City/39 Highway/32 Combined for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City/36 Highway/30 Combined for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City/37 Highway/31 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City/35 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City/34 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum, Edition ONE VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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