November 20th, 2020 by

First introduced in 1992, the Nissan Altima has grown into one of Nissan’s most popular models. A midsize sedan, the Altima slots in between the smaller Nissan Sentra and the larger Nissan Maxima. If you are shopping for cars in this market segment, you might consider the Altima over similar-sized models such as the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, the Mazda6, the Subaru Legacy, and the Kia Optima.

In this post, we will take a closer look at the 2020 Nissan Altima, breaking down the five Nissan Altima trim levels: the S, the SR, the SV, the SL, and the Platinum.


The Nissan Altima S is the base model of the Nissan Altima line. Starting at an MSRP of $24,100,* the car offers what you would expect from a base model: cloth upholstery, basic infotainment and technology features (an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, keyless entry, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat), and must-have safety components such as tire pressure monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

For drivers focused on power and feel out on the road, the base model engine is a 2.5-liter DOHC i4 capable of delivering 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The engine pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy ratings give the Nissan Altima S 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway for a combined rating of 32 mpg.**


If you want something a bit sportier than the base model, turn your attention to the Nissan Altima SR. This trim level gives drivers two engine options: the same 2.5 DOHC i4 as the Altima S or a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four. The turbo-four elevates the power of the vehicle considerably, giving you 248 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. You’ll lose a bit of fuel economy (expect 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway** for the turbo-four), but you’ll get a zippier ride.

The trim adds sportier 19-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Plano black interior trim, LED headlights, and a dark chrome grille. Safety Shield 360 driver assistance equipment, which is available but not standard on the Nissan Altima S, is also included on all Altima SR models. MSRP starts at $25,700.*



The Nissan Altima SV keeps some of the features that have become standard on the SR (lumbar support in the driver’s seat, heated front seats, a moonroof, and heated side mirrors) but jettisons others—for instance, the standard 2.5-liter engine is available on the SV, and the wheels are 17-inch alloy instead of 19-inch. However, you also get some features that aren’t available in lower-trim models of the Altima, including a heated steering wheel, LED fog lights, and ProPilot assist—a robust safety system that incorporates steering assist, brake assistant, speed control, and lane monitoring.

There are sophisticated climate control features, ideal for drivers in particularly hot or cold climates. Dual-zone climate control makes it easier to achieve a pleasant cabin temperature for drivers and passengers who have different temperature preferences. The remote engine start system (outfitted with Intelligent Climate Control technology) makes it possible to start heating or cooling your car before you even climb inside. Fuel economy is the same as the Altima S and MSRP starts at $27,880.*


The Nissan Altima SL is the first of two luxury-level Nissan Altima trim levels. You get some of the niftier features from lower trim levels, including the robust climate control and driver assistance systems of the Nissan Altima SV. Add upscale touches such as leather upholstery, power adjustments for the passenger seat, and a premium-level audio system (nine speakers versus the standard six-speaker system in lower trims).

The whole infotainment system gets an overhaul, incorporating a built-in “door to door” navigation system that not only tells you where to drive but also gives you walking instructions to get you to your final destination once you’ve parked your car. Fuel economy is the same as the S and the SV. MSRP starts at $30,240.*


As the name suggests, the Nissan Altima Platinum is the premium trim available to you if you are considering a 2020 Nissan Altima. You’ll get the 19-inch alloy wheels from the SR as well as the leather interiors and premium audio system of the Nissan Altima SL. You’ll also have the option of a turbocharged engine, though the Platinum isn’t built to be quite as sporty as the SR (it lacks sport-tuned suspension, for instance).

Other top-tier features include interior accent lighting, power side mirrors with a memory function for different drivers, and a fantastic Intelligent AroundView monitor system to give you a slew of views of your vehicle: front, rear, curbside, and even bird’s eye. Parking your Nissan Altima will never be easier than with the Platinum model.

If you opt for the turbocharged engine, you’ll get the Altima SR’s fuel economy of 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.** MSRP starts at $32,180.*


Which Nissan Altima trim level is right for you? Would you be most at home in the budget-conscious Altima S, or would the thrill of driving the sporty SR win you over? Are the luxury features of the Premium must-have components for you?

The best way to find the answer is to stop by Classic Nissan of Texoma for a test drive. We’d love the opportunity to tell you more about each trim level, show you a few trims up close, and get you behind the wheel. Contact us today to schedule your test drive.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

**Note that the fuel economy ratings provided in this article are estimates from the EPA based on driving tests and may not match your exact mileage while driving.

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