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 Statesboro, GA

When it comes to sedans that are loaded with features, Nissan has quite a few great choices. Both the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima have easy-to-use tech features, a long list of standard and available safety features, and sharp handling. Since they are both classified as midsize sedans, it may be difficult to tell the differences between these two vehicles at first glance. Although they share many great features, they do differ in a few significant ways.


One of the most significant differences between these two vehicles involves the powertrain. For the Altima, drivers get a 2.5L four-cylinder that produces 188-horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque standard. They also have the option of a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that generates 248-horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque for specific models. These engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission.

For the Maxima, on the other hand, drivers get a 3.5L V6. It produces 300-horsepower as well as 261 lb-ft of torque. Like the Altima, this engine is paired with a CVT. Unlike the Altima, which offers all-wheel-drive on models with the 2.5L engine, the Maxima is front-wheel-drive exclusively.


Both the Altima and Maxima have sleek, sophisticated exterior styling. The Maxima is considered a sport sedan, and this is reflected in its appearance. While some models of the Altima get 16" or 17" wheels, the athletic Maxima has only 18" or 19" ones. Upper levels of the Altima are available with 19" alloy wheels as well.

Inside, there are several different types of interior accents available. Certain trim levels of the Altima have piano black or wood-tone trim. Standard is a carbon fiber look. For the Maxima, interior themes include satin chrome, dark satin chrome, satin maple wood, and satin bronze.


Both the Nissan Altima and Maxima have impressive standard infotainment systems. They both feature 8" touchscreens and are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also standard on all trim levels for both vehicles is Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a long list of driver aids. These aids include front collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Maxima's entry-level model has a few more driver aids than the Altima's, to include rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and a blind spot monitoring system.

For both the Altima and the Maxima, the top trim level is called the Platinum. For the Altima, this model includes ambient lighting, a surround-view camera, and stylish 19" wheels. For the Maxima, the Platinum brings ventilation for the front seats, upgraded leather, and memory settings for the driver's seat.

Vaden Nissan Statesboro invites you to get in touch with us today to learn more about both of these vehicles. We can answer questions you have about the differences and anything else. Test drives can also be arranged so you can get a real feel for the differences.

* 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.