2020 Nissan Maxima vs. 2020 Nissan Altima

Sculpted, intelligent, and connected, the 2020 Nissan Maxima and 2020 Nissan Altima are among the most sought-after sedans on the road today. If you're trying to decide between these two streamlined sedans, Hugh White Nissan Athens is here to help! We've highlighted the similarities and differences in the following 2020 Maxima vs. 2020 Altima sedan comparison.

The 2020 Nissan Maxima starts at $34,450 MSRP, while the 2020 Nissan Altima starts at $24,300 MSRP. Learn more on our Maxima hub and Altima hub pages. To see what's available at our dealership in Athens, OH, scroll through our Maxima inventory and Altima inventory. To set up a test drive appointment or speak with the Hugh White Nissan Athens team, call (888) 706-4330 or send us a message online.

2020 Nissan Maxima vs. AltimaPerformance

The 2020 Nissan Maxima boasts a transformative 3.5L V6 engine. Alternatively, the 2020 Altima offers the choice between a standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an available 2.0L turbocharged powertrain. Performance specs for all 2020 Altima and Maxima engine options are as follows:


2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima


3.5L V6

2.5L 4-cylinder

2.0L VC-Turbo™ 4-cylinder


300 HP

188 HP

248 HP


261 lb.-ft.

180 lb.-ft.

273 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy

20 city / 30 hwy MPG

28 city / 39 hwy MPG

25 city / 34 hwy MPG

Trim Availability

All Trims

S, SR, SV, SL, Platinum

SR VC-Turbo, Platinum VC-Turbo

2020 Nissan Maxima vs. AltimaTechnology

Both the 2020 Altima and 2020 Maxima are equipped to take your daily commute or next road trip to the next level. Inside either sedan, you'll find a plethora of seamless connectivity features that drivers and passengers are sure to enjoy. Standard and available Altima and Maxima tech features include:

  • NissanConnect® 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Nissan door to door navigation with premium traffic
  • Advanced Drive-Assist® display
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio®
  • Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Bluetooth® wireless connectivity
  • HomeLink® universal transceiver

2020 Nissan Maxima tech

Nissan Maxima

2020 Nissan Maxima vs. AltimaInterior Comfort & Design

The best way to decide between the sleek interior design of the Maxima and Altima is to check them out for yourself. Both cabins feature a push-button start, ambient LED lighting, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. However, there are some notable differences you should be aware of. Those include:

  • For premium audio quality, you can equip an 11-speaker Bose® audio system in the 2020 Maxima and a nine-speaker Bose® configuration in the 2020 Altima.
  • While the 2020 Altima can be upgraded with heated front seats, the 2020 Maxima raises the bar with heated and cooled front seats and heated rear outboard seats.
  • Features like dual-zone automatic temperature control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are standard in the Maxima and available in the Altima.

2020 Nissan Altima interior

Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Maxima vs. AltimaExterior Features

Thanks to stylish exteriors, the 2020 Maxima and 2020 Altima are instantly recognizable. You'll find intelligent automatic headlights and LED fog lights on either of these sedans. Maxima and Altima exterior differences include:

  • The Maxima is standardly equipped with LED headlights, a feature only found on higher Altima trims.
  • The 2020 Maxima features quad-tipped exhaust finishers, while the Altima boasts dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Both sedans are available with heated sideview mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, but the Maxima sweetens the deal with a reverse tilt-down feature and driver-side auto-dimming capability.

2020 Nissan Maxima exterior

Nissan Maxima

2020 Nissan Maxima vs. Altima​Safety Features

Thanks to the Nissan Safety Shield® 360 suite of driver-assist features, both the Maxima and Altima tout impressive safety offerings. Both sedans increase driver confidence with intelligent forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, and intelligent lane intervention. Below, we've taken note of some Maxima and Altima safety differences:

  • The 2020 Maxima is standardly equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, and rear sonar system. Those features are only found on higher 2020 Altima trim levels.
  • High-end Maxima models offer intelligent cruise control and rain-sensing windshield wipers, features not available in the Altima.

2020 Nissan Altima safety

Nissan Altima

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