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Eric's Autos: 2020 Nissan Altima

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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.


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