The 2020 Nissan Altima is a great choice

Although the Wallingford automotive market is dominated by crossovers, mid-size sedans are still plugging along. Now more than ever, manufacturers need to build models that compete with some of the world's most well-known nameplates, and the 2020 Nissan Altima does so in style. It received a substantial overhaul last year, so adjustments for the 2020 model year are minimal. Read on for more details.

   EXTERIOR

The Altima's shape has evolved since the 1990s. It's sleek, aerodynamic, and trendy. From the side, its profile is cleaner than in years gone by. There's a strong character line from the front fender to the taillights, but your eye will be drawn to other, more subtle styling cues. Chrome door handles are a nice touch.

   PERFORMANCE

Most 2020 Nissan Altimas are powered by a single engine choice: a 2.5L naturally-aspirated mill that's good for 188hp and 180 lb. ft. of torque (when equipped with FWD). By adding AWD, your numbers will drop slightly to 182hp and 178 lb. ft. of torque. No matter the drivetrain configuration you choose, you'll get a CVT (continuously variable transmission).

If you need a bit more pep in your step, the Platinum and SR trims are available with a VC-Turbo engine. This 2.0L turbo inline four-cylinder can change compression ratios on the move through Wallingford, favoring efficiency or performance as the driver's needs change. Here, you'll get 248hp and 273 lb. ft. of torque, as well as front-wheel drive.

   INTERIOR

The 2020 Altima can comfortably seat up to five passengers. The front seat area is no-frills, but the styling is clean. You'll find a floating infotainment touchscreen on top of a neat, tidy dashboard with a cleverly layered style. Beneath the Altima's telematics system you will find some easy-to-reach climate controls as well as the audio system's auxiliary and USB inputs.

The SV and S trims get cloth upholstery, while the upmarket SR has a slightly better combination of fabrics. On the Platinum and SL trims, you'll find leather upholstery. All models get a power adjustable driver's seat, as well as a 60/40 split folding rear seat. There's just over 15 cubic feet of cargo area in the trunk, which puts the 2020 Altima near the top of its class in CT.

   TECHNOLOGY

All 2020 Altima models in Connecticut come with the same infotainment setup. It includes NissanConnect, which runs on an eight-inch screen that's centrally mounted. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard for the entire line, as are multiple USB ports for the front and back seats. Lower trims get a six-speaker audio system, while higher trim levels are outfitted with a nine-speaker Bose stereo setup. These trims also get built-in navigation.

   SAFETY FEATURES

One of the biggest updates for the 2020 model year is in the Altima's safety systems. Safety Shield 360 now comes standard on Altima SR models. Here, you'll get auto emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, auto high beams, and rear cross-traffic alert. All trims have it as standard equipment, except for the base model, where it's available.

Then, there's the ProPilot Assist suite to think of. It's standard on the Platinum, SL, and SV trims, as well as the VC-Turbo Platinum. This set of passive and active safety features can hold the Altima in its highway lane, helping it keep up with Connecticut traffic as it slows down or speeds up. It's best thought of as a great combination of lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

a great choicefor you

The 2020 Nissan Altima is a great choice for drivers in New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, and Meriden. It combines sleek exterior styling with all the power, performance, and safety features you deserve. View it online or stop by our location in Wallingford, CT to take a test drive.