The 2020 Nissan Altima Offers the Perfect Balance Between Power and Efficiency

2020 Nissan Altima Engine Options and Performance Specs

Few options in the midsize sedan segment equal the comfort and versatility of the 2020 Nissan Altima. After being completely redesigned juts last year, the Altima was recognized by Autotrader as one of the “12 Best New Cars for 2019”. Unlike strong rivals such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, the Altima offers features like all-wheel drive and a unique VC-Turbo engine. Do you want to know what’s under the hood of this sedan? Join us as we dive deep into the 2020 Nissan Altima engine options and performance specs.


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Nissan Altima Engine Options: A Choice of Two Efficient, Excellent Powertrains

2.5-Liter Direct Injection Gasoline V4 Engine

Standard on all 2020 Altima trims is an advanced 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, which delivers 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Featuring 80% of new or redesigned parts since 2019, this engine offers excellent fuel economy and smooth performance, proving that efficiency doesn’t necessarily have to compromise power.

This engine comes paired with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which helps deliver optimate gas mileage. The front-wheel drive S, SV and SL trims get a phenomenal EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined. The range-topping SR and Platinum trims get 27, 37 and 31 mpg respectively. This engine is also available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, a system that continuously monitors road conditions to offer optimal traction and responsiveness.

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2.0-Liter Variable Compression Turbo Engine

As part of the upgrades made in the new-generation Altima, Nissan replaced the 3.5-liter V6 engine for its first-ever produced Variable Compression Turbo engine, offering this option on the SR and Platinum trims. While other engines must deal with a fixed compression ratio, the VC-Turbo constantly adapts, providing the same balance of power and efficiency regardless of the situation.

If you feed this turbocharged engine with premium fuel, it will deliver impressive 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimates its fuel economy rating in 25 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined, a 15% increase over its predecessor.


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Now that you know more about the robust yet fuel-efficient engine options of the 2020 Nissan Altima, it’s time to try them for yourself! Visit us at Nissan of Victoria and enjoy a unique experience behind the wheel of this capable sedan. If you have any more questions on this or any other Nissan model, don’t hesitate to contact our team of specialists