Nissan has Altima again within the black.
Oh, we are not speaking gross sales, despite the fact that within the first quarter of 2022 Altima did get each just right information and dangerous information on that entrance: the excellent news was once gross sales had been up 20 %; the dangerous information was once Altima nonetheless trails Camry and Accord within the midsize automobile wars.
But the article that is actually were given Altima going ebony in 2022 is the belated stroke of Midnight.
When the sixth-generation Altima debuted for the 2019 type 12 months, its in the past to be had Midnight Edition look bundle was once significantly absent. For 2022, Midnight returns, now not simplest with its considered necessary eye-candy but in addition with some in truth useable perks — LED fog lighting, moon roof and heated seats and outdoor mirrors.
Midnight’s hey-look-at-me stuff features a black grille, black rear spoiler, black external badging and snappy taking a look 19-inch wheels which are — you guessed it — black.
However, in case you are an Altima fan whose thought of being within the red is being within the black, you’ve got just one selection — the Altima SR 2.5.
Offered with each front- or all-wheel pressure, the 2022 Altima may also be had with a 2.5-liter I-4 or a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4. The base 2.5 powers trims of S, SV, SR, SL and Platinum, to not point out each and every all-wheel pressure Altima. The 2.0-liter blown 4 is reserved strictly as an choice for the front-drive SR. Intriguingly, the Midnight Edition bundle, which is able to grace a front- or all-wheel pressure type, additionally is obtainable simplest on SR — however now not on SR’s with the turbo. Midnight solely decorates the SR 2.5.
And that is the automobile we drove — an SR 2.5 Midnight Edition with all-wheel pressure.
Although the black pack is the largest information for Altima in 2022, this midsize sedan isn’t depending on ebony eye-candy for its just right seems. Even in base shape the haberdashery is interesting with a tarmac-snuffling V-grille, plunging hood and sculpted rump. Adding zest is a low-look profile enabled via a 111.2-inch wheelbase.
Powering each and every Altima, save the SR turbo, is a 2.5-liter, 188-hp, naturally aspirated 4 that generates a workman-like 180 lb.-ft. of torque thru its CVT computerized. No boy-racer, that engine supplies simply adequate-to-the-task energy and first rate gasoline economic system. In a 90-mile interstate run — doing the velocity prohibit all of the approach, officer — we learned 34 mpg.
And kudos to the CVT. Nissan has increased that belt-and-pulley gearbox to an artwork, even having it mimic a standard step-gear computerized underneath laborious acceleration.
Otherwise, Altima 2.5 at the highway is quiet, solid and all the time predictable, if now not a birthday party friend, even with SR’s sport-tuned suspension.
We greeted 60 mph in about 8 seconds.
Our AWD SR equipped marvelous inside room each entrance and rear, in conjunction with numerous favored perks — and a couple of that, strangely, had been absent. AWOL had been clever cruise keep watch over and dual-zone computerized local weather keep watch over. (I ignored ’em . . . should be getting spoiled!) Present and accounted for had been heated seats (a part of the Midnight pack) and a six-speaker audio gadget that was once Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suitable.
The infotainment interface is a logically laid-out 8.0-inch contact display luckily complemented via laborious buttons and quantity and tuning knobs for us old-school die-hards.
Judging from Altima’s gross sales uptick, extra consumers appear to be discovering that, in an international obsessive about SUVs, there may be nonetheless existence within the just right ol’ midsize circle of relatives sedan.
Oh, and earlier than we depart the Midnight Edition’s go back, I must observe that this look pack is also newly to be had at the compact 2022 Nissan Sentra, for consumers preferring their ebony sedans in a smaller dimension.