2020 Nissan Sentra vs. 2020 Nissan Altima

Nissan produces some of the most head-turning sedans on the road today, and the Nissan model lineup is a great place to begin your search for your next vehicle. The product specialists at Hugh White Nissan Athens have taken a closer look at two of the most impressive models in the following 2020 Nissan Sentra vs. 2020 Nissan Altima sedan comparison page.

The 2020 Sentra starts at $19,310 MSRP, while the 2020 Altima starts at $24,300 MSRP. You can continue your research on our Sentra hub and Altima hub pages. To see what's available at our dealership in Athens, OH, browse our Sentra inventory and Altima inventory. If you have additional questions for the Hugh White Nissan Athens team, feel free to call us at (888) 706-4330 or chat with us online.

2020 Nissan Sentra vs. AltimaPerformance

All 2020 Sentra models are paired with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, boasting capable performance and great fuel economy. The 2020 Altima, on the other hand, offers a choice between the standard 2.5L four-cylinder and the available 2.0L VC-Turbo™ four cylinder. Both engines promise to deliver a thrilling driving experience you won't soon forget. The Altima can also be equipped with intelligent all-wheel drive that is not available on the 2020 Sentra. Performance specs for both sedans are as follows:


2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima


2.0L 4-cylinder

2.5L 4-cylinder

2.0L VC-Turbo™ 4-cylinder


149 HP

188 HP

248 HP


146 lb.-ft.

180 lb.-ft.

276 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy

29 city / 39 hwy MPG

28 city / 39 hwy MPG

25 city / 34 hwy MPG

2020 Nissan Sentra vs. AltimaTechnology

The 2020 Sentra and Altima work to put numerous advanced technologies at your fingertips. Both sedans feature standard Advanced Drive-Assist® displays and Bluetooth® connectivity, but their tech suites also differ in several key ways:

  • While the 2020 Altima is standardly equipped with a NissanConnect® 8-inch touchscreen, the Sentra is standard with a 7-inch display and can be upgraded with the 8-inch version.
  • All Nissan Altima models feature SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ smartphone integration, systems reserved for higher Sentra trims.
  • Nissan door to door navigation with premium traffic can only be found in the 2020 Nissan Altima.

2020 Nissan Sentra vs. AltimaInterior Comfort & Design

The cabins of the Sentra and Altima feature a premium design and amenities like a standard push-button ignition, as well as an available leather-wrapped steering wheel. Interior differences between these Nissan sedans include:

  • The Nissan Sentra is available with a remote start system, but you'll find this useful feature standardly equipped in all 2020 Altima models.
  • For audiophiles, the 2020 Sentra offers an eight-speaker Bose® audio system. Alternatively, the Altima can be equipped with a nine-speaker Bose® system.
  • Available Altima features like a glass moonroof, heated front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are only available on the 2020 Sentra through optional feature groups.

Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Sentra interior

Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima interior

2020 Nissan Sentra vs. AltimaExterior Features

To accent the aerodynamic designs of the Sentra and Altima, these sedans are equipped with exterior upgrades such as LED lighting, a dark chrome V-motion grille, and heated sideview mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Exterior differences between the Sentra and Altima include:

  • The Sentra can be equipped with a chrome exhaust finisher, while the Altima offers dual chrome exhaust finishers.
  • Both sedans are standardly equipped with 16-inch steel wheels. Higher Sentra models offer 16- and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while certain Altima trims can be equipped with 17- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
  • Only the Sentra is available with a rear spoiler and thin projector LED headlights with LED signature daytime running lights.

Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Sentra exterior

Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima exterior

2020 Nissan Sentra vs. Altima​Safety Features

Thanks to Nissan Safety Shield® 360, both the Sentra and Altima are well-equipped to keep you and your passengers safe. However, you'll notice some slight differences when comparing their safety suites. Sentra and Altima safety differences include:

  • Standard Sentra features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and lane departure warning are not found in the base Altima model.
  • Only the 2020 Altima offers ProPILOT Assist and traffic sign recognition.
  • High-end Altima models are equipped with an Intelligent Around View® monitor. That feature is only available on the Sentra through an optional feature group.

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