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The 2022 Nissan Altima is one of the best drivers in its class of mid-size sedans and features great fuel economy too. Read our review here.

What’s New for the 2022 Nissan Altima?

For 2022, there are two new upgrades to the Nissan Altima. First, the SV trim with the Premium package gets heated mirrors with LED turn signals. Second, the SR trim level can be had with a Midnight Edition package that blacks out the exterior trim.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $24,550

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

28 City / 39 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Fuel efficient

Optional AWD

Awesome climate controls

CVT diminishes both engines

Poor ride quality

Cheap interior

A turbo engine plus AWD would be great

2022 Altima Specs

Trims & Pricing

S - $24,550
SV - $25,550
SR - $26,550
SL - $29,990
Platinum - $34,250

2022 Nissan Altima Powertrain

2022 Nissan Altima 2.5L I4 - Raiti's Rides on youtube.com
2022 Nissan Altima 2.5L I4 - Raiti's Rides on youtube.com

Nissan makes just enough horsepower from its 2.5-liter engine that the 2022 Nissan Altima keeps up with its rivals just fine. While this is by far the most dramatically styled vehicle in the class, it’s by no means as bombastic to drive. It’s calm and composed in city traffic and the engine is only really notable once throttle input is above 50%. From that point forward, the engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are fairly loud compared to competitors like the Hyundai Sonata or the Honda Accord. In general, the CVT is a good unit. It’s surprisingly smooth and it’s even fast to react as though it had real gears when we used the paddle shifters to force “gear changes”.

We can’t say the same about the ride quality though. Nissan hasn’t quite caught up with the rest of the pack in this regard. Any road that’s not nearly perfect will transmit more vibration and noise into the cabin than we expected. We haven’t gotten to the sedan’s best feature though. The turbocharged engine wakes up the Altima in a big way and reminds us of older sportier Altimas. Some of the harsh handling characteristics can be overlooked when there’s a multitude of horsepower. It’s a bit annoying that the turbo option can’t be had with AWD though. Still, Cars like the Kia K5 provide a much more engaging drive.

2022 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy & MPG

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2022 Nissan Altima - nissanusa.com

Regardless of which Altima you might choose, they’re all pretty happy to sip fuel. The worst offender is a tie between the turbo engine and the all-wheel-drive 2.5-liter. They both get 29 mpg combined according to the EPA. The FWD model combined with the normal four-cylinder gets up to 32 mpg combined.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

The inside of the 2022 Nissan Altima is a comfortable place to be. The seats offer good support, comfort, and adjustability. It’s also great to see so much tech available on lower trims, but we’ll get to that later. The downside of the Altima has to be in the way it makes you feel inside the cabin. We’ve already talked about the disappointing ride quality, but the interior itself isn’t great either. None of the materials suggest quality and frankly, the whole layout feels like the result of asking a random person ‘What does a car interior look like to you?’. It’s just a bit drab and uninspiring.

The benefit of that design is that there’s no fumbling around or wondering where certain controls are. Everything is laid out as simply as possible. There’s great cargo space both in the trunk and in the door pockets. The rear seats also fold down to provide up to 42 cubic feet of cargo area.

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Entertainment & Technology

2022 Nissan Altima - nissanusa.com
2022 Nissan Altima - nissanusa.com

The 2022 Nissan Altima is one of the more tech-heavy options in the segment. From the base trim, all the way up the lineup Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. Nissan’s infotainment user interface is easy to use but can be slow to respond at times. Nevertheless, it’s featureful and the tech doesn’t stop there. Satellite radio and a larger touchscreen are available from the SV trim and above. Adaptive cruise, lane-keep assist, and LED headlights are too. Top trims like the SL and Platinum get a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system, traffic sign recognition, and navigation too.

Safety Features

Nissan offers a great safety suite of equipment on every 2022 Nissan Altima including automatic high beams, forward collision mitigation, and driver attention warning. The NHTSA hasn’t rated the 2022 Altima yet, but the 2021 model received a five-star crash test rating. The IIHS has awarded the 2022 Altima a Top Safety Pick+, their highest award.

2022 Nissan Altima Trims & Pricing

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2022 Nissan Altima S - carsforsale.com

S – $24,550

The base Altima starts buyers out with 16-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, remote start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a 7-inch infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as six speakers. The S also comes with a slew of safety features including automatic emergency braking, a rear seat reminder, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. Buyers can add a driver assist package that includes a power-adjustable passenger seat, rear parking sensors, rear automatic braking, and blind-spot monitoring. Every Altima, save for the SR-Turbo, comes with a 188-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT and front-wheel drive. This base trim and the above-mentioned SR-Turbo are the only two models that cannot be optioned with all-wheel drive.

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2022 Nissan Altima SV - carsforsale.com

SV – $25,550

Nissan starts the Altima SV out with larger 17-inch wheels, a larger 8-inch infotainment system, and LED headlights. They also include everything from the driver assist package and then tack on two Nissan only technologies called Intelligent Ride Control and Intelligent Trace Control that serve to improve handling and ride comfort. An optional premium package adds heated front seats, a sunroof, as well as heated mirrors. It also includes Nissan’s ProPILOT assist system featuring adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.

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2022 Nissan Altima SR - carsforsale.com

SR – $26,550

If you’re looking for a little more athleticism consider the Altima SR as it gets a unique sport suspension, transmission paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 19-inch wheels. It also gets most of the Premium Package from the SV save for the ProPILOT goodies. Buyers looking at the SR can opt for the much more powerful SR VC-Turbo though which comes with a 2.0-liter 236-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

2022 Nissan Altima SL - carsforsale.com
2022 Nissan Altima SL - carsforsale.com

SL – $29,990

The SL also starts out with the Premium Package from the SV but adds on leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, fog lights, and an updated infotainment system with nine speakers and navigation. Buyers also get a cool remote start intelligent climate control feature which can warm or cool the car depending on the outside temperature before they get in.

2022 Nissan Altima Platinum - usa.nissannews.com
2022 Nissan Altima Platinum - usa.nissannews.com

Platinum – $34,250

The Nissan Altima Platinum is the only one in the family that comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. It also gets a slick 360-degree camera system, ambient interior lighting, driver’s seat memory settings, and unique 19-inch wheels.

Warranties

Nissan offers what is basically the industry standard base warranty. It covers the powertrain for five years or 60,000 miles and includes Limited warranty coverage of three years or 36,000 miles.

What we think

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2022 Nissan Altima – nissanusa.com |  Shop 2022 Nissan Altima on Carsforsale.com

The 2022 Nissan Altima isn’t the most innovative car in the segment, but it’s also a great value in almost every trim. The optional all-wheel-drive adds capability and its simple straightforward interior makes it a comfortable choice for most drivers.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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