2020 Nissan Altima in RI
Coming off a redesign for 2019 that made the Altima sportier than ever, the 2020 version continues to flaunt its new and improved look and is competing strongly in the mid-size sedan segment. All-new for this model year is a full suite of driver aids that are optional for the base S trim and standard on the SR and up. Also, the range-topping Platinum now offers memory functions for the driver’s-side mirror, adding a more personal touch to the overall driving experience. All things considered, the ’20 Altima is fun to drive, easy to use, and considerably athletic, and the availability of all-wheel drive makes it a top contender for sometimes-snowy New England.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The ’20 Altima comes in seven trim levels: S, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum VC-Turbo. The standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinder with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive comes standard, and AWD is an option. The upgraded engine is a 2.0-liter variable-compression turbo (VC-Turbo) four-cylinder that’s good for 248 horses and 280 lb.-ft. of torque; it comes on the SR VC-Turbo and Platinum VC-Turbo trims. This engine also gets paired with the CVT, but there’s no AWD option: it only comes with front-wheel drive.
The value-oriented S trim includes a generous amount of standard equipment in the form of automatic headlights, power outside mirrors, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a rearview camera, and push-button start. The SR is the Altima’s sport-oriented trim, packing in a sport-tuned suspension, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, and unique styling elements. If you want to equip this trim with a sunroof and heated front seats, you can order them as add-ons.
With the SV, the optional sunroof and heated front seats from the SR are included as standard, but it loses that trim’s sporty elements. In exchange, it receives sound-dampening side windows and dual-zone automatic climate control. Opting for the SL or Platinum trims will outfit your Altima with leather seating surfaces, but the Platinum adds memory functions for both the driver-side mirror and driver’s seat.
Safety & Technology
Advanced driver aids provided with the S include forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Buyers can choose to include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors. The SR gets these as standard, while the SV, SL, and Platinum trims get the full treatment with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist technology, which includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.
The features here are pretty basic, but the essentials are included for all trim levels, nonetheless. The S, SR, and SV all come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, two USB ports, Bluetooth hands-free, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you want a little more, the SL and Platinum both provide an integrated navigation system and a premium nine-speaker Bose audio unit. To round it out, the Platinum gets an all-around view camera system.