2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Nissan Maxima

Blue 2020 Nissan Altima and red 2020 Nissan Maxima side by side

Two of the most popular vehicles, let alone sedans, in the entire Nissan lineup, the Altima and Maxima both shine with fantastic style, high-end technology and incredible performance. While each model has its pros and cons when compared to each other, drivers are only able to go with one. To help you find the right vehicle for you, we wanted to take a look at the differences between the 2020 Nissan Altima vs the 2020 Nissan Maxima.

The first thing drivers will surely notice about these two vehicles is their price difference. Both fan-favorites and affordable, the Nissan Altima is still much more cost-friendly than the sporty Maxima. While the Altima is more of an all-around model compared to the Maxima, the Altima perfectly blends strong power with fantastic efficiency. In fact, the standard Altima sedan offers a fuel economy rating of 28 city/39 highway/32 combined mpg*.

2020 Nissan Altima


2020 Nissan Maxima

$24,100** Starting MSRP $34,250**
188 Standard Horsepower 300
180 lb-ft Standard Torque 261 lb-ft
15.4 cu.ft Max Cargo Space 14.3 cu.ft

Engine Power in the 2020 Nissan Maxima

While the new Altima and the Maxima are the two most powerful vehicles in the Nissan lineup, the Maxima is a definite step above the Altima in terms of engine power performance. In fact, each Nissan Maxima trim level comes equipped with the same powerful engine option with a 3.5-liter DOHC, 24-valve, V6 engine. This engine is able to generate a whopping 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, which is a big step up from many Nissan vehicles.

If you would like to learn even more about the differences between the 2020 Nissan Altima vs the 2020 Nissan Maxima, be sure to contact us at Glendale Nissan with any questions you may have about either model. Interested drivers can also get behind the wheel of their favorites by visiting our dealership in Glendale Heights, IL, and taking the newest Nissan models out for a test drive. No matter what, we would be more than willing to help you out with your next car purchase here at Glendale Nissan.


*2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 28 City/39 Highway/32 Combined for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City/36 Highway/30 Combined for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City/37 Highway/31 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City/35 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City/34 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum, Edition ONE VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

**All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.