2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima: What Are the Differences?

2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima

Whether the 2020 Nissan Altima or 2020 Nissan Maxima draws you in, the team at Bill Kay Nissan in Downers Grove, IL, is here to ensure you make the best decision for the road. Our new inventory holds both the Altima and Maxima trims. The 2020 Altima vs. 2020 Maxima are optimal choices, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by calling (888) 448-1554 or contacting us online.

The 2020 Nissan Altima starts at $24,100 MSRP and the 2020 Nissan Maxima starts at $34,250 MSRP.

Performance & Engine Options

The 2020 Nissan Altima includes two different engine choices, while the Maxima includes one. You can use the following table to determine the power you crave and the fuel efficiency you need.

Engine 2.5L I4 2.0L VC-Turbo™ I4 3.5L V6
Horsepower 188 HP 248 HP 300 HP
Torque 182 lb.-ft. 273 lb.-ft. 261 lb.-ft.
MPG (city/highway) 28/39 25/34 20/30
Available Models Altima Altima Maxima

Exterior Design

Ready to amp up your daily drive with the exterior styling of the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima? The following exterior features will help you determine whether the Altima or Maxima is right for you.

  • The 2020 Altima impresses your exterior design with 19-in. aluminum alloy wheels, while the 2020 Maxima takes your style to another level with the 19-in. Dark Hyper Silver aluminum alloy wheels.
  • Active grille shutters can be found on the 2020 Altima, but not the 2020 Maxima.
  • Both the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima utilize LED auto headlights.

Nissan Altima Aerial View

2020 Nissan Altima

Orange 2020 Nissan Maxima on road

2020 Nissan Maxima


You can rest assured that interior comfort is a priority for both the 2020 Maxima and Altima. To learn more about the features you can expect to find in either of these sedans, browse the list below.

  • The 2020 Maxima offers optional semi-aniline leather-appointed seating, but you can also expect cloth or leather-appointed seating on both sedans.
  • The 2020 Altima offers a nine-speaker Bose® system, while the 2020 Maxima offers an 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system.
  • The Nissan Altima has optional heated front seats and the 2020 Maxima includes heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats.

Safety Features

Peace of mind is ensured whether you choose the 2020 Altima or 2020 Maxima. Feel free to learn more about how you and your passengers will remain secure on the road by reading the following feature list.

  • The 2020 Maxima comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and lane departure warning. Those features are available on higher Altima trims.
  • Intelligent cruise control and rain-sensing windshield wipers are available on the 2020 Maxima, while these features are not available with the 2020 Altima.

2020 Nissan Altima interior

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Maxima interior

2020 Nissan Maxima


Technology on the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima are similar, so our team listed the features you can expect to find on both sedans. Check out the list to see if the Maxima and Altima satisfy your high-tech cravings.

  • NissanConnect® 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Advanced Drive-Assist® display
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Nissan Door to Door navigation with premium traffic
  • SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link®

Black 2020 Nissan Maxima on road

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