If you're starting the search for your next sedan, Nissan's impressive lineup of models is a great place to start. Two cars that immediately stand out are the 2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima and the 2020 Nissan Maxima. Both feature a sleek design, uncompromising performance, and a host of advanced features, but is the Altima or Maxima better for your daily routine? The team at Youngblood Nissan has looked at the differences between the Altima and Maxima in the following model comparison page.

The 2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima starts at $24,100 MSRP, while the 2020 Nissan Maxima starts at $34,250 MSRP. After reading our 2020 Altima vs. 2020 Maxima guide, we encourage you to visit our Altima hub and Maxima hub pages to learn more. To browse the selection at our dealership in Springfield, MO, scroll through our Altima inventory and Maxima inventory. If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 534-2093 or send us a message online.


2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima
General Specs

The 2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima is standardly equipped with a 2.5L I4 engine, and available with a turbocharged engine. Alternatively, each 2020 Maxima model is paired with a 3.5L V6 powertrain. Performance specs for each of the 2020 Altima and Maxima engine options are as follows:

Altima Engine Options:

2.5L 4-cylinder

188 HP
182 lb.-ft.

2.0L VC-Turbo™ 4-cylinder

248 HP
273 lb.-ft.

Maxima Engine Options:

3.5L V6

300 HP
261 lb.-ft.

2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima
Safety Features

Nissan produces some of the most intelligent cars on the road, and these two models are no exception. The 2020 Maxima and Altima both include standard features like forward collision warning and lane intervention, and available features such as traffic sign recognition. We've highlighted some notable differences between the 2020 Altima and Maxima safety offerings below:

  • The 2020 Maxima is standardly equipped with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and lane departure warning. Those features are only available on higher 2020 Altima trims. 
  • The 2020 Maxima is available with intelligent cruise control and rain-sensing windshield wipers, features not found in the 2020 Altima.
Nissan Altima back-up camera

2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima
Interior Design & Color Options

The best way to decide between the stylish interior design of the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima is to check them out for yourself. Both cabins feature a push-button start, remote start system, and available heated steering wheel. However, there are a number of differences you should be aware of before making a decision. Those include:

Nissan Maxima interior
  • Both sedans feature cloth or leather-appointed seating, but the 2020 Maxima offers the additional option of semi-aniline leather-appointed seating. 
  • For premium sound, the 2020 Altima offers a nine-speaker Bose® system while the 2020 Maxima offers an 11-speaker Bose® configuration. 
  • The Nissan Altima can be upgraded with heated front seats, but the 2020 Maxima takes it to the next level with heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats. 

No matter which car is your favorite, you'll have the choice between several interior color options. 2020 Altima and Maxima colors include:

  • Charcoal 
  • Gray (Altima only)
  • Cashmere (Maxima only)
  • Rakuda Tan (Maxima only)

2020 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima
Technology Features

Both the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima are well-equipped to transform your daily commute. Inside either sedan, you'll find a variety of seamless connectivity features for drivers and passengers to enjoy. Standard and available Altima and Maxima technology offerings include:

  • 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®
NissanConnect® on smartphone

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