2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Nissan Altima
2020 Nissan Sentra 2020 Nissan Altima


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2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Nissan Altima

Serving Troy, MI

For the last several decades, car shoppers have been able to choose between top models like the Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Altima. These gorgeous sedans are close siblings in today’s lineup at Suburban Nissan of Troy. While they have a few similarities, understanding their differences will help you pick out your next Nissan with real confidence.


As is the case with all Nissan vehicles, the Sentra and the Altima are engineered to produce a smooth ride and to deliver excitement behind the wheel. The Sentra is a smaller car that is offered in three trim levels. The only powertrain offered for the 2020 Sentra is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder powertrain. It delivers a respectable 149 horsepower. The 2020 Nissan Altima is provided with two powertrains across the seven trim levels. The entry-level option is a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter gas engine that gives off 188 horsepower. You can have control over 248 horsepower if you step up to an Altima loaded with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter Compression Turbo engine.


Visually, the 2020 Sentra and the 2020 Altima have a few similarities and several significant differences. For example, on the front end, they have a comparable grille design with a U-shaped bar and chrome finish. They also have low ground clearance, a sporty façade, and 16 to 18-inch wheels. The 2020 Altima, however, is a larger vehicle. As a result, it is visually longer and leaner. In one Altima trim level, 19-inch wheels are standard. Additional exterior features across these two beautiful models include remote entry, LED lighting, heated side mirrors, a sunroof, and more. Numerous trim-specific differences require your attention before you pick out your next Nissan.


At various trim levels across both of these Nissan models, you can find shared features. These include hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Nissan Connect, an 8-inch display screen, and leatherette or premium cloth material. The Altima has a few features that are not offered in any of the Altima’s trim levels. These are leather seats, driver’s memory settings, wood trim, and others.

Before you finalize your Nissan model selection, stop by Suburban Nissan of Troy. Your friendly sales rep will happily open up the doors to several vehicles in our inventory to compare trim levels and options in person. We will also support your test drive comparison of the three powertrains offered across these two models. Contact us today to take your model comparison to the next level.

* 2020 EPA fuel economy estimates for Sentra®: • 29 city MPG / 39 hwy MPG / 33 combined MPG for 2020 Sentra S and SV • 28 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG / 32 combined MPG for 2020 Sentra SR Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

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.