2020 Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Altima are a couple stylish sedans that deliver a smooth ride around Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland, MS. Which Nissan sedan is right for you, though? To help you decide, the team at Pat Peck Nissan looks at what each one has to offer in this 2020 Nissan Sentra vs. Nissan Altima comparison.

Nissan Specs

Nissan Sentra Performance

The 2020 Nissan Sentra runs on a sporty 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. This works with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This efficient combination helps it get up to an EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway MPG.[i]

The Nissan Altima gets up to an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG.[ii] On top of helping you make fewer stops for gas, it also offers two dependable engines. The base powertrain is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. To give you a more exciting drive, a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine is also available. It gets up to 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both these engines work with an Xtronic CVT®.

Interior Dimensions

2020 Nissan Altima Interior

Each Nissan sedan offers space for up to five people. You’ll be able to relax with comfortable amenities like a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The interior of the Nissan Sentra features 96 cubic feet of passenger space, while the interior of the Nissan Altima offers 100.8 cubic feet. Both sedans come with a large trunk that will help you pack for the beach or go grocery shopping.


Nissan Sentra

Nissan Altima

Headroom (front/rear)

38.9 inches/36.7 inches

39.2 inches/36.9 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

44 inches/34.7 inches

43.8 inches/35.2 inches

Cargo Room

14.3 cubic feet

15.4 cubic feet

Safety Features

Nissan Sentra Saftey

Whether you’re interested in the Nissan Sentra or the Nissan Altima, you can be confident your car will help keep you safe. Each one is built with energy-absorbing front and rear crumple zones and features eight airbags. The front seats are protected by front, front side, and knee airbags, while roof-mounted curtain airbags cover both rows of seats.

They can also help you avoid an accident. Each one offers lots of driver-assistance features. For example, the standard RearView Monitor gives you a clear look at what’s behind your vehicle, while the Intelligent Around View® Monitor lets you check every angle by creating an overhead view of your car. Some of the other features that can help look out for you and your passengers during your drive are:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • High Beam Assist

Test Drive a Nissan Sedan

To learn more about our 2020 Nissan Sentra vs. Nissan Altima comparison, visit Pat Peck Nissan and test drive the one that’s right for you. Both sedans deliver excellent fuel economy, a comfortable interior, and peace of mind to drivers in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland, MS.


[i] 2020 EPA fuel economy estimates for Sentra: 29 city MPG/39 hwy MPG/33 combined MPG for 2020 Sentra S and SV. 28 city MPG/37 hwy MPG/32 combined MPG for 2020 Sentra SR. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

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