id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Enlarge Image Jon Wong/Roadshow Despite crossovers taking the country by storm, midsize sedans -- formerly one of the biggest, hungriest segments -- are still going strong. If you have any inquiries about where by and how to use or electrical services from a 5-star company, you can contact us at the page. More than ever, automakers need to build cars that can compete with some of the best nameplates of all time, and the latest generation of Nissan Altima does exactly that.

The Altima emerged for the 2019 model year sporting a major overhaul that immediately put the sedan back in the midsize-segment fray. Thus, for 2020, the adjustments are few and far between, but some are still pretty important.

Read next: Our 2019 Nissan Altima review.

Enlarge ImageThe 2019 update gave the Altima a much needed breath of fresh air, so 2020's adjustments are light.

Jon Wong/Roadshow Powertrain and specs

A hefty majority of 2020 Nissan Altimas wield the same engine. It's a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated I4 gas engine making 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque with front-wheel drive, but adding all-wheel drive ($1,350) drops those numbers to 182 and 178, respectively. No matter the number of driven wheels, a continuously variable transmission is standard.

If you're after something with a bit more gusto, the SR and Platinum trims can be equipped with Nissan's VC-Turbo engine. This 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 is capable of changing its compression ratio on the fly, favoring performance or efficiency as the driver's right foot demands. Output rises to 248 hp and 273 lb-ft, but it's only available with front-wheel drive.

Efficiency is pretty darn solid for both cars. Low-trim 2.5-liter cars are EPA-rated at 28 miles per gallon city and 39 mpg highway, while moving up to the SR or Platinum trim drops those numbers to 27 and 37, respectively. Adding all-wheel drive on the base trims lowers those numbers further, to 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, while AWD SR and Platinum models fall further, to 25 city and 35 highway.

The VC-Turbo is the least efficient variant of all, but only barely. At 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, it's a small price to pay for having a little more fun.
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