The mid-sized sedan is growing in popularity. Between the small and big cars, it offers moderate size suitable for both single individuals and small families. Japanese automaker Nissan is exploring that market with the 2020 Nissan Altima. The automaker hopes to make great sales from the model especially with the inclusion of an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) – a feature that raises the Altima’s value. With this, there is the possibility for buyers to pick it over larger vehicles.
This is the second production year of the Nissan Altima
2. Enhancements in 2020 Nissan Altima
After a successful first year of production, the Altima has entered the second year of its production with a number of enhancements from the previous model. Some of these upgrades include the Nissan Safety Shield, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and ProPilot Assist. It also offers two-engine options to users – leaving them to choose their preferred choice.
The SR Altima has the safety shield 360 in its standard package. Every user who picks up the model gets to enjoy the feature without feeling left out. In the previous model, the Driver Assist Package was available to the upper variants, but now, it is offered as a standard package in the Altima S.
Most upgrades in 2020 Nissan Altima focus on its safety features
The 2020 Nissan Altima also offers users a mirror with a memory function. Users also get to enjoy the Piano Black interior – a feature offered in the Platinum, SL and SV variants.
Driving safety is prioritized with the provision of features including Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA), Automatic Emergency Braking and Collision Warning (I-FCW). Premium safety feature Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) is offered exclusively on the Platinum Altima.
3. Trims & power configurations of 2020 Nissan Altima
A closer look at the Nissan Altima shows you many reasons why you might find this mid-sized sedan better than a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). With a modern silhouette design, there is not much to miss in an SUV. Other automakers like Toyota have taken this route with the Camry. But Nissan offers a lot more with the inclusion of an All-wheel Drive in the Altima. While its predecessor in the fifth generation was no pushover, this model offers a more appealing body design.
The 2020 Nissan Altima comes in four different variants. They include:
2020 Nissan Altima S
2020 Nissan Altima SR
2020 Nissan Altima SV
2020 Nissan Altima SL
2020 Nissan Platinum
Nissan offers five trims of the Altima for users to choose from
Powertrains offered in the various variants include the following:
248-horsepower 2.0-liter VC-Turbo 4-cylinder
188-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC 24-valve 4-cylinder
Xtronic transmission with D-Step Shift logic
The 2020 Nissan Altima suspension includes independent front and a rear multi-link with additional Active Control.
After admiring the beautiful exterior of the Altima, one’s expectations for the interior are set on a pedestal. With the major revamp done on the interior, disappointment is not in the equation.
For starters, the interior is very spacious. This is a plus given the limited space in many cars nowadays. The previous dashboard had a lot going on. The automaker decided to keep it simple with this one. The dashboard is divided into two areas demarcated by gray moldings. There is a perfect combination of interior materials, making it look very beautiful to the eye. Occupants are in for good entertainment with the infotainment system inserted right at the top. Occupants have the options of using either the touchscreen or physical buttons in operating the system. In terms of functionality, this infotainment system is better than that of the previous model.
The interior is very spacious and comfortable
The front seats are every driver’s favorite. There is more than adequate legroom for comfort. Front view is great as the seats are high enough.
5. Prices of 2020 Nissan Altima in Nigeria
The different variants of the 2020 Nissan Altima are offered at different prices.
Please note that these are manufacturer's suggested retail prices which exclude delivery fees and custom clearing cost. They may also vary at different dealers and buying time.
Automakers are putting their best foot forward in the mid-sized sedan category. This makes competition in that category fierce. However, there are only two brands that are strong contenders against the 2020 Nissan Altima. They are the Ford Fusion and Subaru Legacy. These are the only models that give users the All-Wheel Drive.
The Ford Fusion is on the verge of replacement – that leaves only the Subaru Legacy as the competition of the Nissan Altima. Only these two will be offering AWD to consumers. With the features offered by the Altima, it is putting up a very strong fight against the Subaru.
Ford Fusion and Subaru Legacy are already competing with each other
The previous Nissan Altima fought a good battle during its time. Seeing that it had lived out its lifespan, Nissan went back to the drawing board, and produced a revamped model – the 2020 Nissan Altima. With the right push, this model could chart a new course for the Altima.
That's all our review about this model. Now it's time for you to decide whether to go for it or not. Good luck!
Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.