2020 Nissan Altima Road Test and Review

Now into its second model year following a complete redesign for 2019, the 2020 Nissan Altima may be the brand’s best-selling sedan. It provides a low, wide stance, short overhangs, an in-depth-set V-Motion grille between boomerang-formed headlamps, along with a Maxima-inspired floating roofline. And it’s among the couple of mainstream-brand mid-size sedans provided with all-wheel drive.

For 2020, the Altima expands the supply of their Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assistive technologies to any or all trims. The Altima’s competitors range from the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Passat, and Mazda6. Such as the $895 destination charge, the 2020 Altima selection includes the bottom $24,995 Altima S, the sporty $26,595 Altima SR, midgrade $28,775 Altima SV, well-outfitted $31,135 Altima SL, and loaded $33,075 Altima Platinum. All-wheel drive is really a $1,350 upcharge.

Variable-Compression Turbo

To obtain a V6-powered Nissan sedan, you’ll need to change to a Maxima, but Nissan has an active four-cylinder turbo for that Altima. Despite a suggested diet more costly premium unleaded fuel, the 2.-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder may be the engine you’ll want for brisk performance, confident merging from freeway onramps, and simple overtaking on two-lane rural roads. It’s the world’s first production variable-compression inline turbo four-cylinder, with a rating of a V6-worthy 248 horsepower and 273 lb-foot of torque, obtainable in front-drive versions from the Altima SR and Platinum trims. The VC-Turbo’s passionate exhaust note adds some driving fun.

Regrettably, 2 yrs in to the current generation vehicle, AWD continues to be unavailable in Altimas outfitted using the turbo engine although the robotically similar VC-Turbo-powered Infiniti QX50 Sports utility vehicle can be purchased with AWD. This puts the Altima in a disadvantage when compared to Subaru Legacy, that is provided with a peppy turbo engine and comes standard with all of-wheel drive. Environmental protection agency estimates with this lively engine are 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.

Cushy Cabin

Spacious and spacious, the Altima’s cabin beckons with upgraded materials, a contemporary-searching low and wide instrument panel design, along with a generous roster of convenience and comfort features. Standard amenities include push-button start, nicely padded armrests, a grippy flat-bottom controls, and lots of storage within the console bin, glovebox, doorways, along with a handy tray in front of the shifter. You will find four illuminated USB ports, one each kind A and kind C both in back and front seat areas. Also standard is remote engine start, with SV and greater models adding an additional intelligent heating and cooling feature.

SV and greater trims also bring a typical moonroof, auto up/lower front home windows, and dual-zone automatic heating and cooling. New for 2020 are piano black interior accents within the SV, SL, and Platinum grades. Areas that may use improvement range from the back window, which suffers some veiling glare in vibrant sunlight reduced rearward visibility because of the center high mounted stop lamp around the rear package shelf and difficult plastic around the sides from the console and door armrests that press upon your knees in turns.

‘Zero Gravity’ Seats

Who understood our NASA space programs would at some point result in better vehicle seats? The leading chairs within the 2020 Altima, Nissan claims, possess a NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” seat design with multi-density foam support. As the seats don’t induce weightlessness, they have a tendency to aid the spine minimizing torso, causing them to be comfortable, supportive, and hotspot-free perches for extended treks

Remaining Connected

A handsome landscape-format 8-inch color infotainment touchscreen is standard on all purchases, so there’s you don’t need to experience a smaller sized screen should you don’t go for among the top trims as with some competing models. Apart from generously sized touchscreen tiles, you will find quick-key hard buttons across the screen’s base (together with a day/night brightness control along with a dedicated back button, yay!), analog volume and tuning knobs for convenient adjustments with no need to scroll through menus, and handy controls audio controls. It features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mobile phone connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, and hands-free voice recognition.

The six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo around the S, SR, and SV trims upgrades to some nine-speaker Bose premium sound system with HD radio on SL and Platinum grades. SiriusXM satellite radio, a hands-free text-messaging assistant plus Siri Eyes Free, and Google Assistant voice command are standard overall. An embedded navigation product is standard within the SL and Platinum and adds SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link services. The only real bad thing is the position from the screen causes it to be prone to glare in vibrant or hazy sunlight.

Honing Your ProPiloting Skills

Nissan’s ProPilot Assist is standard around the Altima’s SV, SL, and Platinum trims. This technique is made to help relieve a few of the drudgery from the daily urban freeway commute.

Using front-mounted radar and camera units plus various sensors, it’s a hands-on system that contributes lane centering and minor steering corrective help the typical acceleration and braking options that come with an adaptive cruise control system having a full-speed range and prevent-and-go capacity. Leave both hands from the controls for over a couple of moments and also the system will yell to you. Nissan notes the product is meant for only use on well-marked limited-access highways and could not focus on wet or snowy roads. It’s not so helpful on curvy roads and can turn off whether it can’t see well-defined lanes marking the lanes.

Back Seat Moves

Back seat patrons obtain a fair shake within the Altima. It’s among the roomier four-door sedans, with decent legroom and headroom for adults.

Handy release levers just within the upper fringe of a corner opening fold lower the conventional 60/40 split rear seatbacks for transporting longer products like a steps within the vehicle using the trunk lid closed. A corner is really a spacious 15.4 cubic ft having a generously sized opening. There’s no fancy hands-free opening feature to pop open a corner having a feet wave underneath the rear bumper, though.

Safety Shield 360

All Altimas however the base 2.5 S model now come standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, rear automatic braking, high-beam assist, a lane-departure warning, and blind-place and rear cross-traffic alerts. It’s an remarkable value. These functions will also be optional inside a Driver Assistance Package for that base 2.5 S.

Other standard security features include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Driver Performance. Automatic high beams work just with the sunshine switch in “auto” mode. Intelligent Lane Intervention is added for SV and greater trims, along with a traffic sign recognition system comes onboard for SL and Platinum models. The Platinum model also brings a typical around-view monitor, which displays an overhead look at the Altima and it is immediate surroundings in tangible-time, stitched together from cameras right in front, rear and side mirrors from the vehicle.

Altima Dynamics

Because the Altima certainly looks sporty, its primary focus is really a household vehicle. Enhancements inside the previous-generation Altima include reinforced structure and improved suspension geometry for crisper handling. A dual-pinion electric steering gear provides variable effort that lightens within the steering weight at low speeds for straightforward maneuverability and corporations up at highway speeds to help straight-line tracking. Ride motions are very-damped with no noticeable impact harshness over ruts and bumps. The underside S model rolls on 215/60R16 all-season rubber, with 215/55R17 round the SV and SL. The SR trim brings a sportier tune for the suspension and, combined with Platinum, fits wider, grippier 235/40R19 rubber.

Tall gearing helps to make the Altima can be a quiet and relaxed cruiser around the road, which saves gas. At 35 mph, the engine lugs lower to 1,100 revolutions per minute under light throttle. You’ll want the VC-Turbo for V6-like performance, nevertheless the impressive fuel useage in the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder and AWD availability make that latter engine an interesting choice for folks in Northern climes.