Unfortunately, it doesn't have the better engine.
Unlike America's automakers, Asian brands like Nissan remain firmly committed to sedans. The sixth-generation Nissan Altima, launched for 2019, returns for 2022 largely unchanged from last year as official pricing has just been announced. Before we get to that, there's the new Midnight Edition Package featuring black-out exterior trim, LED fog lights, heated front seats, two-way driver power lumbar, and a single panel moonroof.
The exterior boasts gloss black painted sport grille and spoiler, a Satin black Midnight Edition badge, gloss black-painted 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and black painted heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Unfortunately, all of that style can't be had with the 2.0-liter turbocharged with 236 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, reserved solely for the SV trim.
The Midnight Edition is based on the midrange SR, meaning it's got the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 188 hp and 180 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to an Xtronic CVT transmission. Pricing for the 2022 Altima S kicks off at $24,550 - exactly the same as last year.
If you want the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system you'll have to upgrade to the SV trim and spend an additional $1,400 over the FWD equivalent. Also like last year, the turbocharged SR remains FWD only and can be equipped with paddle shifters. A fully-loaded Platinum AWD will set you back at least $34,250.
All of the above prices do not include the $975 destination and handling fee. Also like last year, the Altima comes standard with the automaker's Intelligent Mobility technology which includes the ProPilot Assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Nissan Safety Shield 360, the forward collision warning. We don't know when the Altima's midlife facelift will happen but don't be surprised to see it happen for next year.
More interestingly, the status of its big brother, the Maxima, which received a slight price hike this year, still remains in doubt. Though it returned for 2022, Nissan has been awfully quiet regarding its long-term status. The latest Altima grew in size and status and it's hard to see why Nissan needs two similar sedans.