Occupying a longstanding spot in the midsize sedan category, the popular Nissan Altima continues its reign as a segment leader in the 2022 model year. This made-in-the-USA sedan is currently in its sixth generation and gets better with every year. The 2022 Nissan Altima wins buyers for its impressive fuel economy and available all-wheel drive system, but also because it represents an incredible value.
The Altima received a complete redesign in 2019, meaning buyers receive a slew of next-generation onboard technology and infotainment. The same holds true for safety––the 2022 Altima earned the highest possible rating, a Top Safety Pick+, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is partially thanks to the inclusion of Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assist technology, which is standard on every trim.
Beyond gold stars for occupant safety, buyers can outfit their Altima with plenty of luxury-level amenities, thanks to a robust six-trim lineup that tops out at the high-end Platinum. Budget shoppers shouldn't shy away from the Altima's upscale trims because even the most well-appointed models stay surprisingly affordable. In short, the Altima offers midsize sedan dimensions at compact model prices.
Car and Driver praises the 2022 Nissan Altima for its "surprising athleticism," which is music to performance-oriented buyers' ears. A two-engine powertrain lineup and available all-wheel drive offer enough variety for buyers to dial in their level of zip and grip. Add to that the Altima's precise steering and confident cornering characteristics, and this practical sedan morphs into a true sports sedan. If you love practical, but not at the expense of fun, the Altima is tailor-made for you.
Sliding behind the wheel of your 2022 Nissan Altima could just cure the Monday morning blues for good. Any commute gets better when a tank of gas lasts for days, but when you add the Altima's fun-to-drive road handling characteristics, that 6 AM alarm won't seem quite as soul-draining. For 2022, Nissan offers the Altima with a choice of two engines: a base 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an upgraded VC-Turbo that makes 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
The base engine appears across most of the Altima's trim range, except the SR VC-Turbo, which includes the more powerful turbocharged power plant. While many sedan buyers won't focus too intently on engine mechanics, Nissan's class-exclusive VC-Turbo technology is worth a closer look. The engine's compression ratio adapts based on speed and driving conditions. When you're traveling at low speeds, the compression ratio stays lower for better acceleration. At cruising speeds, it converts to a higher ratio, thus optimizing fuel efficiency.
Nissan's engineers spent 20 years developing its VC-Turbo technology, claiming the 2.0-liter powerhouse as "the world's first production variable compression turbo engine." However, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is no slouch, offering up to 39 MPG on the highway alongside its own impressive performance specs. Combined, fuel economy ratings achieve a very commuter-friendly 32 MPG, so prepare to pass plenty of gas stations before you have to stop.
Also available for 2022, Nissan's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system offers SUV-like confidence on wet, icy, or snowy roads. Choose it for your Altima and say goodbye to inclement weather driving anxiety forever. The system adapts to traction loss in milliseconds, sending power to the right wheels at the right moment, which keeps you firmly in control. When the weather's good, the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system transitions to front-wheel drive to optimize fuel economy.
Many midsize sedan buyers want maximum bang-for-the-buck. For these buyers, Nissan offers the base Altima S. Don't let its starting spot in the lineup fool you: the Altima S is loaded with comfort and convenience features, even ones you can't see, like an in-cabin microfilter that keeps the cabin fresh. Push-button start is standard, along with variable intermittent windshield wipers with speed sensitivity. In the rear, you'll find a 60/40 split rear seat and cloth seating throughout.
Move up to the SV trim, and you'll get an 8-way power driver's seat and an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Instead of a single USB port, the SV includes two USB and two USB-C ports, so everyone can stay connected and charged. While the base S features a 5-inch driver data display, the SV adds a standard 7-inch version that displays advanced driver-assist information.
Next up, the SR receives steering wheel paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and trim-exclusive sport cloth seating. As a performance-oriented trim, the SR also adds a sport-tuned suspension and exterior body enhancements, along with a dark chrome signature V-Motion grille. The SR Midnight edition includes a standard power moonroof and heated front seats, along with exclusive exterior appearance upgrades.
Nissan offers the Altima SL for budget-shy buyers seeking premium finishes. With a starting price of just a hair over $30,000, the SL effortlessly marries affordability with luxury.* It features standard dual-zone automatic climate control with a set of rear passenger vents. No more enduring a freezing cold start to your commute, thanks to the SL's standard remote engine start combined with Intelligent Climate Control, which lets SL owners preset the cabin temperature.
At the high end of Nissan's Altima lineup sit two very different trims: the SR VC-Turbo and the Platinum. The former spotlights thrilling performance, and the latter dials up top-of-the-line cabin finishes. The SR VC-Turbo includes Nissan's 248-horsepower engine and sport-tuned suspension, along with 19-inch wheels, and it shares essentially the same appearance upgrades and interior appointments found on the SR. The luxurious Platinum includes leather seating with driver memory settings, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and interior accent lighting, among other premium touches.
What isn't lacking on any 2022 Nissan Altima trim is standard and available next-generation safety technology. Beyond its third-party safety awards from the IIHS, the Altima is bursting with driver-assist technology designed to keep you alert and protected. The technology utilizes radar, cameras, and sensors to constantly monitor the area surrounding your Altima, sending alerts and intervening with emergency braking when it senses potential trouble. All Altima trims receive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Lane Departure Warning standard to prevent common types of accidents.
In addition, the Altima S also includes High Beam Assist, a system that automates shifting between low and high-beam settings in response to oncoming traffic. Intelligent Driver Alertness, another standard feature, monitors the driver's eye movements and sends an alert when it senses attention is drifting away from the road. No more gunning it and hoping for the best when you're stopped on an incline either: hill start assist comes on every Altima and eliminates dangerous rollback.
The fully-loaded Platinum trim features a virtual army of driver-assist systems that creates a bubble of protection around the vehicle and automates common driving behaviors to minimize driver fatigue. Nissan's ProPILOT Assist automatically adjusts cruising speed when the vehicle's cruise control system is engaged, so you always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The system is so fine-tuned that it can even keep you centered in your lane, come to a complete stop if traffic requires, and get back up to speed when cars start moving again.
Traffic Sign Recognition intelligently reads speed limit signs, detecting changes and alerting you to adjust speed accordingly. Coupled with the Altima Platinum's onboard infotainment system, which includes connected navigation. These systems let drivers put themselves on the fastest, least congested route while minimizing common driving headaches. Long-range commuters will especially appreciate Nissan's ProPILOT assist technologies. Eliminating manual cruise control adjustments means less effort on drudgery and more time to focus on safe driving.