Nissan Altima vs Sentra

Nissan Altima vs Sentra Nissan Altima vs Sentra

Nissan is known for designing and producing high-quality sedans, and both the Nissan Altima and the Nissan Sentra represent the best of what Nissan has to offer. Our team at Sheridan Nissan put together this comparison of the Nissan Altima vs. Sentra to help New Castle, Wilmington, and Newark, DE, drivers make their final sedan decision.

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2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Sentra

EPA-estimated MPG

28 city/39 highway1

29 city/39 highway2

Maximum Horsepower

248 HP

149 HP

Maximum Torque

273 lb-ft

146 lb-ft

Cargo Space

15.4 cubic feet

14.3 cubic feet


Altima vs Sentra: Fuel Economy & MPG

Nissan Altima vs Sentra Engine SpecsOne of the most important things to consider when purchasing your next vehicle is fuel economy and MPG. As shown, both the Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Altima offer impressive gas mileage to get you efficiently from Point A to Point B.

With those extra cruising miles, you can embark on spontaneous adventures and begin your commute without planning for your next fill-up.

Nissan Altima vs Nissan Sentra: Engine Specs

When it comes to what’s under the hood, the Nissan Sentra comes with a standard engine offering zippy acceleration drivers will appreciate. However, for drivers interested in even quicker speed, the 2.0L turbo-charged engine upgrade offered by the Nissan Altima will deliver the pep you crave.

Depending on your preferences, either of these models will provide a boost to get you where you need to go.


Nissan Altima vs Sentra: Interior & Exterior Specs

Nissan Altima vs Sentra Interior Nissan Altima vs Sentra Interior

Drivers will find many of the same standard and available exterior features in both Nissan models, such as:

  • Active grille shutters
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights
  • Power sliding glass moonroof

They both also offer LED headlights, including LED signature Daytime Running Lights.

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Sentra

Headroom (front/rear)

39.2 inches/36.9 inches

38.9 inches/36.7 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

43.8 inches/35.2 inches

44 inches/34.7 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

58.2 inches/57.1 inches

56.4 inches/54.5 inches

Hip room (front/rear)

54.7 inches/54.5 inches

53.5 inches/53.3 inches

As shown in the table above, the Sentra and the Altima offer comparable space. The main difference on the inside is that the Nissan Altima offers more cargo space for drivers interested in the flexibility of bringing along more belongings.

Style Inside & Out

Overall, the exterior of the 2020 Altima is a slightly larger sedan than the Nissan Sentra. So, for drivers interested in a bigger sedan, the Altima may be a better match. However, drivers eager to take the wheel of something more compact will surely love the maneuverable body of the Sentra.

Nissan Altima vs Sentra Exterior

When it comes to style, the Altima and the Sentra both offer an abundance of options. Both come with 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks for easy cabin configuration. Along with that, drivers can select a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob for a more luxurious feel. In the Nissan Altima, car shoppers can also upgrade to:

  • Piano Black interior trim
  • Wood-tone trim
  • Carbon fiber look interior trim

Nissan Altima vs Sentra Exterior Design

When it comes to seating, the Sentra offers quite a few additional options, such as:

  • Premium Cloth seat trim
  • Sport Cloth seat trim with contrast orange stitching
  • Sport leatherette-appointed seats with contrast orange stitching
  • Quilted leather-appointed seats

Nissan Sentra vs Altima: Safety & Driver Assistance

In both the 2020 Altima and the 2020 Sentra, car shoppers will find an extensive lineup of safety and driver-assist features prepared to make each ride more secure. They both come with a RearView Monitor to aid you as you move backward and offer an Intelligent Around View® Monitor that provides a 360° bird’s-eye view.

Nissan Altima vs Sentra Safety FeaturesThe Nissan Altima comes standard with the following driver-assist systems:

  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness
  • Intelligent Trace Control

By comparison, the 2020 Sentra comes standard with all the features mentioned above in addition to the following:

  • Intelligent Engine Brake
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning

If a standard trim with a robust safety and driver-assist system is at the top of your list, the Nissan Sentra may be the better option. However, if other features or performance elements found in the Altima catch your attention, you’ll be able to access many of these additional features by upgrading to a higher trim level.

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Nissan Altima vs Sentra: Technology

Nissan Altima vs Sentra TechnologyRegarding technology, you’ll find a few of the same standard features in both models, like the following:

  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System

One thing you’ll find different is that the Nissan Altima comes with a NissanConnect® 8-inch touch-screen display, while the standard Sentra trim features a 7-inch touch-display screen. In addition, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, though available in both models, comes standard in the Altima.

Car shoppers can also upgrade to a Bose® Premium Audio System in either the Nissan Sentra or the Nissan Altima. However, the Altima system features one additional speaker.


Take the Wheel: Nissan Altima vs Sentra

Depending on your preferred lifestyle, either of these Nissan models will support your daily drives and weekend getaways around New Castle, Wilmington, and Newark, DE. To experience one—or both—from the driver’s seat, give us a call to schedule your test drive at Sheridan Nissan today!

1 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.

2 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.

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