• Do the Updates to the 2022 Nissan Altima Make it Relevant Again

A new engine and packages will call the Altima home next year, but is it enough/?

Nissan has been on a role of dropping tons of new cars and updating old ones. Whether it be a brand new electric crossover, or updating one of their most popular models, Nissan seems desperate to kick the sour after taste of the recent fiasco with the old CEO, Carlos Ghosn. The most recent example of this is the several changes the Japanese company has made to its mid-size sedan, the Altima.

What’s New for 2022?

Do the Updates to the 2022 Nissan Altima Make it Relevant Again
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Nissan just gave the Altima a new price and package for 2022.

Well, not much, unfortunately. It gets the Midnight Edition treatment, as have many other Nissans for 2022. However, it only adds some black bits to the trim, LED fog lights, heated front seats, power lumbar support, and a moonroof, plus it is only available for the SR trim. Also, if you feel so inclined to check the box for the Premium package on the SV trim, you will get heated door mirrors and LED turn signals.

Engine, transmission, and economy

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All Altimas come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder capable of 188 horsepower and 180lb-ft of torque paired with a CVT transmission. There is a 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder, called the VC-Turbo, capable of 236 horsepower and 267lb-ft of torque also mated to a CVT. However, it is only available on the SR trim. No fast Midnight Edition, then.

For some reason, Nissan only allows the 2.5 4-pot to be optioned with all-wheel-drive, not the more powerful 2-liter turbo. That is a $1,400 option only available on the SV trim.

The base 4-cylinder in front-wheel-drive configuration is estimated to hit 28 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway, whereas the all-wheel-drive version can only get 26 city mpg and 36 highway mpg. The VC-Turbo can hit 25 city and 34 highway.


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2022 Nissan Altima specifications
Altima S 2.5-liter / FWD $25,525
Altima SV 2.5-liter / FWD $26,525
Altima SR 2.5-liter / FWD $27,525
Altima SL 2.5-liter / FWD $30,965
Altima SV 2.5-liter / AWD $27,925
Altima SR 2.5-liter / AWD $28,925
Altima SL 2.5-liter / AWD $32,365
Altima Platinum 2.5-liter / AWD $35,225
Altima SR 2.0-liter VC-Turbo / FWD $31,875

How does it stack up against the competition?

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The Altima goes toe-to-toe with the Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, KIA K5, and Toyota Camry. It does alright in the price category with a starting price of $25,525. However, the Mazda 6 starts at $25,470, the Hyundai Sonata at $25,175, and the KIA K5 at $24,685. That being said, the Altima is still only barely cheaper than the Accord, which comes in at $26,485, and the Camry which starts at $26,320.

Nissan has a history of offering cars that are reasonably fun to drive in their class, but the CVT might be the thing that rains on your parade if you are really on it.

The Accord uses a 10-speed automatic, the Hyundai Sonata, KIA K5, and Toyota Camry all use an 8-speed automatic, and the Mazda 6 offers a 6-speed automatic. So, with a droning CVT, the rest of the driving experience had better be good.

Source: Nissan.com

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