The current Nissan Altima debuted in 2019 with sleeker styling, new engines, and available all-wheel drive. Aside from a boost in standard safety features in 2020, the Altima has stayed pretty much the same, and we expect the midsize sedan to enter 2022 without significant change. The Altima has been a staple of the Nissan brand since 1993 and is now in its sixth generation.
The 2022 Altima is longer and lower than most family sedans, with styling cues borrowed from Nissan's larger and more expensive Maxima. The exterior displays highly sculptured flanks and a sloping, coupe-like roofline. All trims except the base S carry LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. For a sportier look, the SR model offers more aggressive body trim and 19-inch wheels.
The airy cockpit features a floating center touchscreen, push-button start, and Nissan's supremely comfortable Zero Gravity seats. Remote start and a power driver seat are also standard. The SL and Platinum trims add leather seating, navigation, and a Bose sound system.
A 188-horsepower four-cylinder continues as the sole engine for most trims, delivering an excellent 32 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, according to the EPA. The RS gets a turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 248 hp, and yet manages 29 mpg combined. All-wheel drive remains available with both engines, a rarity for this class.
Every Altima offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technology that includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and driver alertness monitoring. Moving beyond the base trim brings blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear automatic braking. A surround-view camera system is exclusive to the Platinum.
The Altima is one of the few vehicles in its class available with a semi-autonomous driving system, which Nissan calls ProPilot Assist. For 2021, the Altima earned a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and was designed a Top Safety Pick by IIHS.