What You’ll Get in the Standard Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima had a rough couple of years in the early 2000s when a massive recall was issued due to transmission failure. Luckily for drivers, that ordeal is far in the past for Nissan, and the new Altima promises to launch the brand in a whole new direction. It’s an eye-catching four-door sedan with a modern look and smooth flowing lines. The 2020 Nissan Altima is also packed with standard features even at its lowest trim level.

Nissan Altima performance

Nissan shows off their Altima at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
The Nissan Altima | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Standard engines in the Nissan Altima vary, based on whether the vehicle is equipped with intelligent all-wheel drive. The Altima S and SR models with front-wheel drive have a 188-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the Altima S and SR models with the available all-wheel drive are equipped with a 182-hp 2.5-liter engine. All are direct-injection gasoline (DIG) engines. Every engine is mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission. 

Every Nissan Altima has a standard anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist. All models have the same suspension system – an independent strut front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. It has responsive handling thanks to dual-pinion electric-powered steering with paddle shifters standard on SR models.

The Altima has advanced technology

The list of the 2020 Nissan Altima’s standard technology features is a long one. The Altima lets you stay seamlessly connected with your world, with Nissan Intelligent Mobility built into every Altima. It offers door-to-door navigation displayed on a large, easy to read touchscreen. The 2020 Nissan Altima has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so everything on your phone is safely at your fingertips while driving. Nissan Connect even works with virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. 

Using an app on your phone, you can remotely lock and unlock your Altima, turn the engine on or off, or start the horns and lights remotely. Nissan’s intelligent car finder means you’ll never have to remember where you parked again. Intelligent climate control means you can remotely start your vehicle and it will set the A/C or heater to a specific, comfortable temperature. 

Standard Nissan Altima safety features

One of the reasons the Nissan Altima is popular with families is all of the standard safety features, including the latest driver-assist features. The base S model of the Altima includes standard automatic emergency braking, active ride control, cruise control, hill start assist, intelligent forward collision warning, a rearview monitor, vehicle dynamic control with traction control system, and more.

In addition to the long list of driver-assist technologies in the Nissan Altima, the sedan features Nissan’s advanced airbag system, zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones, and steel door guard beams as standard safety features. Nissan as a company takes a comprehensive view of safety and engineered the Altima to help drivers handle unexpected situations, protect drivers and passengers in case of an accident, and also keep tabs on your vehicle’s systems. 

Overall, the 2020 Altima is a feature-packed vehicle with a high-end feel. It offers a spacious interior with standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats, giving you more cargo-carrying options, loads of standard technology features, and excellent performance. The Altima is the ideal sedan for families looking for a cutting-edge safe vehicle that also looks great in the driveway.