The current generation of the well-known mid-size sedan has just entered the third production year, which clearly indicates that we are getting close to the mid-cycle refresh. At this point, the officials are still quiet, but many reports suggest updates already for the 2022 Nissan Altima. In any case, take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
The current model has a lot of good things to offer and it is generally a quite decent car. However, rivals like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are better in many aspects, starting from the interior quality and space, performances, handling etc. Therefore, the 2022 Nissan Altima facelift should bring more than just aesthetical updates. We presume some interior changes would be nice. Also, we count on more standard features, as the current model lacks some essentials on the list of standard equipment, such as adaptive cruise control, for example. We expect to see the new model sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 Nissan Altima Facelift
The is no doubt that if the 2022 Nissan Altima gets a mid-cycle update, some of the most important changes will be those in terms of styling. So, we would expect to see a couple of tweaks, but not too much, considering that the current model looks good and follows the brand’s contemporary design language. Naturally, most of the changes would come at the front, in areas such as grille, bumper etc. Some smaller revisions on the rear end are possible too. Of course, we also count on typical updates, such as new colors, wheels etc.
On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle is expected to remain the same. The 2022 Nissan Altima will continue to ride on a familiar D Platform. It may not be the most fun mid-size sedan to drive but on the other side, we do like the comfort you get as a compromise. In terms of driving characteristics, this is a typical cruiser and the ride is comfortable even on bumpy roads.
In our opinion, this is where the 2022 Nissan Altima would need the biggest changes. While the cabin generally looks okay, though there are some areas with low-rent materials, which isn’t the case with most rivals. Therefore, new materials are something we expect, along with further improvements in terms of sound insulation. A couple of revisions to the dashboard are also possible.
On the other side, things that can’t change are those in terms of interior space. While the overall comfort is good, we have to say that there is less space compared to most rivals, especially in the second row. The cargo area offers around 15.4-cubic feet, which is typical for the class.
If you’re looking for something in the full-size segment, Maxima is worth considering, though it isn’t actually much more spacious than the Altima.
As we already mentioned, the current model features a decent list of standard equipment, but still lacks some essentials. Therefore, we count on novelties in this aspect as well. This particularly refers to driver aids, as things like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring are currently optional. We hope this will change in the 2022 Nissan Altima.
Of course, novelties are expected in terms of other tech goodies as well. We expect that the bigger, 8-inch touchscreen will become standard, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also, there are few more things that could become standard next year, such as dual-zone climate control, a better audio system etc.
2022 Nissan Altima Engines
This aspect shouldn’t bring changes and the 2022 Nissan Altima should carry on with familiar powertrain options. Base models should continue with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out around 188 horsepower. This engine seems more than okay for daily commuting, while those who are looking for something more engaging have a choice of an options 2.0-liter turbo-four, with variable compression and a max output of nearly 250 horsepower. Both engines come in pair with a CVT gearbox, which does a pretty nice job.
The Altima may not be the most engaging car to drive but you may count on a very good fuel economy for the class. The base engine returns around 28 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway. The optional turbo-four is good for about 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
2022 Nissan Altima Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Nissan Altima will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year, without a significant price increase. To remind you, the current model starts at around 25.000 dollars.