Altima vs. Maxima side by side comparison

AND THE WINNER IS... YOU.

No matter which mid-size Nissan sedan you choose — the 2020 Nissan Altima or the 2020 Nissan Maxima — you’ll be rewarded by Nissan’s commitment to performance, design and innovation.

Both sedans have four doors and seating for up to five. The similarities don’t quite end there, but they are two very different cars.

Maxima is the more muscular and luxurious sedan of the pair, with a focus on performance and a premium interior. It’s powered by a standard 300hp VQ V6 and features a Sport Mode Selector for a customizable driving experience. The Altima—Nissan’s best selling car—focuses on efficiency with a standard 4-cylinder engine matched with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission that together deliver 39 MPG Highway.[[1281]]

Red Nissan Altima vs. Maxima

2020 Nissan Altima

White Nissan Maxima vs. Altima

2020 Nissan Maxima

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALTIMA AND MAXIMA?

The quick answer is that Maxima is built for performance, while Altima is built for efficiency. Which one is the right one for you depends on your priorities.

HERE'S A SIDE-BY-SIDE LOOK AT SOME SPECS AND FEATURES

  2020 ALTIMA 2020 MAXIMA
MSRP [[528]] Starting from $23,140 Starting from $33,020
Engine Standard:
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Standard:
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
Horsepower 4-Cylinder: 179 HP
V6: 270 HP
300 HP
Fuel Economy 4-Cylinder: 27 City / 38 Highway[[1281]]
21 City / 30 Highway[[1151]]
Transmission Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Drive Mode Selector
Drivetrain Standard: FWD
Available: Intelligent All-wheel Drive
Standard: FWD
Drive Mode Selector Available Standard
Wheels 16" x 7.0" Steel with bolt-on covers 18" x 8.0" machine-finished aluminum-alloy

What is most important to you?
Here’s how Altima and Maxima shine in three of the big car purchase considerations:

Fuel Economy
Are you looking to save money at the pump? Then the 2020 Altima is for you. With its standard 2.5L 4-Cyl, get a combined MPG of 32. Looking for more control? Get available AWD on your Altima sedan for Best-in-Class combined AWD fuel economy. [[2459]]

Performance
Maxima outdoes Altima in this category, with a standard 3.5L V6 300hp engine that provides pulse-quickening performance at every trim level. Altima has available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for precision handling. Both sedans have an available SR trim that includes a sport-tuned suspension and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, but if performance is your first consideration, Maxima is your first choice. 

MSRP
If price is the biggest factor for you, Altima has been a dependable choice for the budget conscious decades. It starts starts at just $24,100 MSRP while the top-of-the-line 3.5 SL tops out at just $35,180 MSRP.[[528]]

ALTIMA AND MAXIMA: SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE

Both Maxima and Altima are equipped with a suite of technologies we call the Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield. Safety Shield Technologies® monitor, respond, and protect, helping to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

INTELLIGENT SAFETY SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES® 2020 ALTIMA 2020 MAXIMA
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert[[759]] Standard Standard
Intelligent Around View Monitor [[2788]] Available
Available
Blind Spot Warning[[588]]
 Available Standard
Rear Cross Traffic Alert Available Available
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW) [[89]] Standard
Standard
Automatic Emergency Braking [[761]] Standard
Standard
What's the difference between Altima and Maxima? Nissan Altima shown in red.

THE 2020 NISSAN ALTIMA

Inside and out, the 2020 Altima is a modern vision of the sedan made real with innovative manufacturing technique and technologies that come together in a stylish package. More than 300,000 people got behind the wheel of a new Altima in 2016, join them in 2020.

2020 NISSAN ALTIMA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nissan's first I-AWD Sedan
  • 2.5L 4-Cylinder or available 3.5L V6 engine
  • Active Grille Shutters (4-cylinder trim only)
  • Available Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Available Sport Suspension on SR Trim

Visit the Why Altima page to see how this spacious and efficient sedan matches up against competitors like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

Explore Altima

See all the trims of the Altima including the sporty SR and I-AWD options.

Build Altima

What's the difference between Maxima and Altima. Nissan Maxima shown in white.

THE 2020 NISSAN MAXIMA

It challenges conventional notions of what a 4-door sedan can be. With 300hp, a performance-tuned suspension, a luxurious cockpit loaded with technology, a striking aerodynamic profile, and a Sport Mode setting that gets your heart racing, it isn’t just a sedan. It’s the 4-Door Sports Car®.

2020 NISSAN MAXIMA FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 300 Horsepower 3.5L V6 engine
  • NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™[[1189]]
  • Available Premium Ascot leather-appointed seats
  • Available Climate Controlled Front Seats (Heated and Cooled)

Visit the Why Maxima page to see how this sporty performance sedan compares to competitors including the Acura TLX, Toyota Avalon and BMW 3 Series.

Explore Maxima

Every Maxima is packed with performance, and here’s where you’ll learn about each trim and their various features.

Build Maxima

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