A significant redesign for 2019 means you’re not going to see dramatic changes this year. No matter, there’s still a lot to like.
Start with the inclusion of Nissan Safety Shield 360 across the entire Altima lineup. The active safety features package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and high-beam assist.
The base S model includes the NissanConnect infotainment system — 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free. The base engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder.
With 188-horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and mated to a smooth CVT, it delivers surprisingly good fuel economy for a midsize sedan. And you can get Intelligent All-Wheel Drive on the base model (add $1,350), a bonus if you live in snow country but don’t want to drive an SUV.
The rear seats don’t fold flat. And they’re a little tricky to release as it is (the handles are in the trunk). The trunk has 15.4-cubic feet of space, so it’s not critical that the seats completely flatten, but it’s something to consider if you think you’re going to be hauling stuff.
The fact that the Altima doesn’t offer a hybrid model is a bit of a disappointment. In terms of reliability, it’s merely average. The 2020 Altima has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power.
The interior is effective, (an improvement over previous generations, to be sure) but does little to distinguish itself. The cabin isn’t as nicely finished as some of its prime competitors. Nissan offers a competitive warranty, but there’s no complimentary scheduled maintenance.
It’s gorgeous! Well, gorgeous for a midsize sedan.
The comprehensive redesign — racy, minimalist, sleek — introduced in 2019 continues into 2020 with sweeping lines that outline its lowered hood, and a distinctive larger grille.