Eric's Autos: 2020 Nissan Altima
For a long time, Nissan's Altima and Maxima have been so similar it's been hard to tell them apart -- and not just in terms of their looks.
They're almost exactly the same size, and for several years, they offered the same engine, Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6.
Now the Altima's got a new engine, one not available in the much more expensive Maxima.
It also offers AWD, something that's also not available in the Maxima -- or the two best-selling midsize/mid-priced family cars the Altima competes with, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
There's more, too, including a larger trunk and more back-seat legroom than the Maxima.
What It Is
Like the Maxima, the Altima is a midsize sedan.
Like the Maxima, it's a sporty sedan, especially when equipped with its new turbocharged variable-compression 2.0-liter engine, which replaces the V-6 as the optional engine.
This engine has more torque than the Maxima's V-6 -- and almost as much horsepower -- while returning better gas mileage.
The Altima is also available with all-wheel drive. The Maxima only has front-wheel drive.