2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Nissan Maxima
2020 Nissan Altima 2020 Nissan Maxima


2.5L I4 3.5L V6


188 300

  MPG (City/Highway)

28/39 * 20/30 **

2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Nissan Maxima

Serving Hinesville, GA

Nissan cars are well-known for balancing innovations with style and performance, which can make it challenging to decide which new Nissan you should take home. At Vaden Nissan Hinesville, many of our customers inquire about the differences between the 2020 Altima and the new Maxima. The Altima is a midsize car that is fresh off of a significant generational update in the last model year. The Maxima is a full-size car that sits one step above the Altima in the Nissan car lineup. The detailed review identifies their standout qualities and can assist with your vehicle selection.


Both of these Nissan cars are engineered to deliver a smooth ride with the perfect combination of power and agility. The 2020 Nissan Altima is offered with a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine paired with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission, and it produces 188 horsepower. A 2.0-liter variable compression turbo engine is standard with select Altima trims, and it produces 248 horsepower. Front-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive is loaded into the Altima trims. In comparison, all of the Nissan Maxima trims are equipped with a V6, 3.5-liter engine with electronic drive-by-throttle. If you take home the Maxima, you will appreciate 300 horsepower at your fingertips each time you travel through town.


The 2020 Nissan Altima is smaller across most dimensions than the Maxima, and it sits slightly closer to the ground. The Altima is a 4-door sedan with linear flow across the sides, and this flow trends slightly upward to hint at the vehicle’s exceptional performance abilities. It has a grille design that is common across most Nissan vehicles today, its grille is highlighted by a chrome bar that works its way directly into the headlights. The 2020 Nissan Maxima has slightly more curvature over the hood, and its side contours are edgy to give the façade a modern feel. Also, the roof flows dramatically to the rear to highlight its sporty, sophisticated personality.


Many features are shared between these two vehicles, but the Maxima has superior equipment with a trim-by-trim comparison to compensate for its higher price tag. Shared features include smart device integration, a dual-zone auto climate control system, powered seats, a sunroof, auto emergency braking, a rear vision camera, LED headlights, paddle shifters, and more. If you choose a higher Maxima trim for the 2020 model year, your Nissan may also include Ascot leather material, quilted stitching across the seats, maple interior trim, and other items.

Visit Vaden Nissan Hinesville Today

At Vaden Nissan Hinesville, we take customer satisfaction seriously. When you connect with us to continue your comparison of these models and their many trims, you will receive our personalized attention as we assist with test drive experiences. You are invited to drop by our Nissan dealership at any time during business hours to take a closer look at the Altima and the Maxima.

* 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
** 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city / 30 highway / 24 combined for 2020 Nissan Maxima®. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.