2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

If you are looking for a new sedan, you have two great choices: the 2020 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Nissan Sentra. Since both models are from the same car manufacturer, it is easy to get confused about which model is the right choice. Below we have compared both cars head-to-head in order to clear any doubts and help you get a clearer picture. 

Trim Levels and Prices

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is available in three trims: S, SV and SR. The base trim level is priced at $19,090 while the SV and SR cost $20,070 and $21,430 respectively. The 2020 Nissan Altima comes in five trim levels: S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum. The company offers AWD and FWD drivetrain options in lower trim levels. The Altima S with FWD (base trim) is priced at $24,100. The premier trim, the Altima Platinum VC-Turbo comes in at $35,180.  

Engine and Performance

Each of the 2020 Nissan Sentra trims are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 149 horsepower and 146 pounds per foot of torque. The engine is paired with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission that delivers a fuel economy of up to 29 mpg city and up to 39 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, you have the opportunity to choose from more options in drivetrains and engines in the Altima.

All of the Nissan Altima trims feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with up to 188 horsepower and 180 pounds per foot of torque. The 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine is offered as an option for the SR and Platinum trims. The Xtronic continuously variable transmission is common in all models which features 28 mpg city and 39 mpg on the highway.


Though both of these cars have a similar body style, there are some noticeable differences in their looks. The 2020 Nissan Sentra has sportier styling that is quite appealing to those with an inherent need for speed. On the other hand, the 2020 Nissan Altima has tighter lines and dimensions with a larger grille that gives the car an entirely unique personality.


The 2020 Nissan Sentra has room for five passengers and features a cargo capacity of 14.3 cubic feet. The Sentra comes with several standard comfort features like air conditioning, in-cabin microfilter, power door locks, rear door alert, six-way adjustable drivers’ seat, and four-way adjustable front passenger seat. The base trim comes with a 4.2-inch display while the other two trims come with a 7-inch driver-assist display. 

The S model comes with an AM/FM audio system with four speakers while the other two trims have two extra speakers. The 2020 Nissan Altima comes with a similar suite of comfort features that change with trim levels. The Altima can comfortably seat five people and features a slightly larger cargo capacity of 15.4 cubic feet.

Safety and Driver Assist

 Nissan has always prioritized driver and passenger safety and comfort. Some of the most notable safety features offered in each car include intelligent cruise control, rear automatic braking, intelligent engine brake, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and more.

Both cars also feature Nissan Advanced airbag system which includes dual-stage front supplemental airbags, side curtain airbags, knee airbags for front-seat occupants are offered as standard in all trim levels for 2020 Nissan Altima and 2020 Nissan Sentra.

The above comparison shows the main differences and similarities between two. We hope this has helped you narrow in on your next new Nissan. Drive Safe!


2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra - Gastonia Nissan

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