The word “Altima” sounds similar to the word “ultimate,” doesn’t it? This is exactly what Nissan intended. The Altima name is derived from the Latin word “altus,” which means “a higher order.” You can’t get any more ultimate than that, which is what you’ll find when you look at the stunning and sophisticated 2022 Nissan Altima.
The ultimate sedan on so many levels, the 2022 Altima offers an exceptional value with its affordable starting price. This gets you behind the wheel of the Altima S, which lays the foundation for the entire lineup with its 2.5-liter engine, 16-inch wheels, and advanced safety tools like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The SV, SR, and SL trims extend these features with larger wheels, a host of innovative technology, modern conveniences and luxuries, and performance-inspired components. The SR VC-Turbo lives up to its name and pushes the sedan to its limit with jaw-dropping power and next-level luxury.
The Altima’s expansive lineup gives you a glimpse into the versatility that the popular sedan has to offer. For 2022, Nissan sweetens the fleet with the all-new Midnight Edition package that puts the sedan in stealth mode by adding dark exterior accents. When you consider available upgrades like Nissan’s Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system, the two capable powertrains, and the long list of advanced driver-assist and safety features, there’s no question that the 2022 Altima lives up to both its name and its legacy as one of Nissan’s best sellers.
Nissan sets a new benchmark for performance in the segment with the Altima’s powertrain lineup for 2022. The sedan comes standard with Nissan’s proven 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. First introduced in the 2019 Altima, the engine was engineered for efficiency and performance, and the results are astonishing. The base engine churns out 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque on FWD models and 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque on AWD models.
It’s impressive that the 2.5-liter’s power doesn’t come at the cost of ride quality, handling, or efficiency. With Nissan redesigning over 80 percent of the engine compared to the previous generation, the 2.5-liter is quieter and more responsive than ever. This also has a lot to do with the engine’s lower position in the chassis and the all-new reverse cylinder head design with its integrated exhaust manifold. These improvements play a role in the engine’s efficiency, with FWD models rated for 28 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway while AWD models average 26 MPG and 36 MPG, respectively.
The real surprise is under the hood of the 2022 Altima SR VC-Turbo. Designed with performance in mind, this trim features the industry’s first-ever variable compression engine that constantly adapts to provide the ultimate balance of power and efficiency. That balance is remarkable, with the VC Turbo delivering the power of a V6 engine and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine. This makes it one of the most impressive engines on the road today, a feat that’s been over two decades in the making.
Just how much power are we talking about? The Altima SR’s VC Turbo engine delivers 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration and jaw-dropping responsiveness. While you’ll experience this power when you step on the accelerator, you can see it in action with the SR’s standard 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display. Along with your speed, mileage, and performance data, you’ll discover that power and efficiency aren’t mutually exclusive, with the VC Turbo averaging 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.
Have you ever left home without your smartphone? If so, how long did it take you to realize your mistake and drive back home to get it? Smartphones are an integral part of our lives and serve as lifelines to our families, friends, hobbies, professions, dreams, interests, and so much more. Nissan knows this firsthand and makes it easy to stay connected to your lifeline, your smartphone, in the 2022 Altima.
Nissan believes that staying connected should be easy and effortless. To engineer this, the 2022 Altima is equipped with an expansive touchscreen display that’s home to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, a Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth. These tools give you access to your smartphone and favorite apps, in addition to allowing you to use simple voice commands to stream music, make calls, and respond to text messages. To take the display and the Altima to the next level, add Nissan’s available Door to Door Navigation, which allows you to move directions from your smartphone to the display, delivers real-time traffic data, and offers voice recognition to help you navigate the road ahead.
From the driver’s seat, you’ll find the information you need within eyesight, thanks to the available 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display. The display improves your focus by showing vital information on an expansive display behind the steering wheel. When you receive a text message, you can use the display to have the Altima’s Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant read the text aloud and respond. You can also stream your favorite music from the display as well as ensure that you’re on the right route with turn-by-turn navigation cues always within view.
The Altima’s connectivity extends beyond the vehicle with NissanConnect that puts your Altima in the palm of your hand. Through the NissanConnect Services app on your smartphone, you can remotely start the engine, locate the sedan, flash the lights, and sound the horn. While this is convenient, NissanConnect truly shines in your time of need since it automatically calls emergency responders when the Altima’s airbags deploy. You can also initiate the emergency call by touching a button in the cabin. These life-saving features are vital when every second counts.
How confident are you when you get behind the wheel? The 2022 Altima engineers confidence at every turn with a suite of advanced safety and driver-assist tools that enhance your focus and actively minimize the potential for a collision. These features continue the award-winning legacy of the 2021 Altima that earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2022 Altima offers Nissan’s renowned Safety Shield 360, which is standard on the Altima SV and above. The suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection that constantly monitors what’s ahead of the sedan. When it detects a potential collision, Automatic Emergency Braking alerts you to slow down and can automatically engage the brakes if needed to avoid or minimize the impact. Rear Automatic Braking works similarly for the rear of the vehicle and can automatically bring the Altima to a stop in an effort to save your rear bumper.
The Altima’s Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert give you an extra set of eyes around the sedan by notifying you of vehicles in your blind spots and behind the sedan. Lane Departure Warning helps you safely keep the Altima in its lane, and High Beam Assist optimizes your visibility by automatically brightening and dimming the high beams based on the conditions and oncoming traffic. You can add to this suite with available tools like Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Lane Intervention. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning monitors the flow of traffic ahead and notifies you to slow down when it senses traffic is quickly slowing down. Intelligent Lane Intervention provides subtle alerts by tapping the brakes when the Altima veers out of its lane.
The Altima’s ProPILOT Assist relies on many of the tools found in the Safety Shield 360 to make your time behind the wheel less stressful. ProPILOT Assist is designed for highway driving and builds on traditional cruise control by keeping the sedan at a safe cruising speed. Instead of constantly setting and resetting your cruising speed based on the flow of traffic, ProPILOT Assist does the work for you whether you’re cruising at highway speeds or navigating rush-hour traffic. It even helps you keep the sedan centered in its lane by monitoring the Altima’s position in the roadway, whether you’re navigating a long stretch of highway or a gentle curve.