This week, I had the pleasure of spending plenty of time driving the 2020 Altima 2.5 S. Nissan has been manufacturing the Altima since 1992. They completely redesigned this model in 2019 and added minor enhancements for 2020.
The car overall is a great, mid-sized car. I really like the interior. I am a taller driver but had plenty of leg space and my passengers did as well. There is plenty of technology for the price and the touch screen is big and easy to use and you also have controls on the steering wheel. Gas mileage was a huge plus. I averaged 28 MPG in city driving. It’s easy to park and maneuver in traffic. The acceleration and handling was adequate but not noteworthy. In my opinion, a great car for around town and shorter duration road trips.
Here’s a systematic breakdown to help you decide if this is the car for you.
The first thing I noticed was the V style shape of the grill and sleek lines. It’s a good looking car and you notice the grill right away. The headlights and spoiler add to the overall attitude in the design of this car.
If you like a car loaded with technology then this may be a good fit for you. The first thing I noticed was the NissanConnect® 8″ touch-screen display. It’s easy to connect devices and navigate the system. There are 2 USB and 2 USB-C ports so no one is left out from plugging in or charging their device.
The other things I really like about this car is the seating and air conditioning. I felt snug and secure. Even after a 3 hour drive it still felt comfortable. It was 113 degrees here in Phoenix and I was comfortable with the AC at 50% capacity.
Engine and Drivetrain
The S model comes with a 2.5-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that has 188 hp @ 6,000 rpm. This has plenty of get up and go but you won’t be racing for pink slips at the local race track. If you need more power I would suggest checking out the Platinum VC-Turbo version which has a lot of nice extras.
This is a front wheel drive with Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) which is Nissan’s patented transmission technology. The advantage is better acceleration and fuel economy.
Safety Technology and Standard Equipment
The S version comes with some great standard features like Remote Engine Start System, adaptive cruise control,nice stereo system. You can tell Nissan cares about safety features, the list is long but some of the standards are automatic emergency braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and RearView Monitor.
The bottom line is Nissan has designed a great mid size car for the money. MSRP starts at $24,100 and if you are in the market it’s worth exploring the other versions like the SR, SL, SV and Platinum. If you want extra power check out the turbo options.
For more info follow this link to the official Nissan site and it’s easy to compare the various models and see all the options and stats.
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