Nissan’s 2022 Altima 2.5 SR Midnight Edition spices up the game for this mid-sized sedan that’s been around for decades. The Midnight Edition features a blackened grille, black wheels that look stunning, black side mirror caps, and a great deal of black trim. There’s also a black rear spoiler and a blackened Atltima badging.
Powering this Altima is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s good for 182 horsepower with 178 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels by way of a lackluster CVT transmission and has a sluggish off-the-line performance hitting 60 in 8.4 seconds. While it won’t set any speed records any time soon, it’s adequate for many drivers. Fuel economy is 29 miles per gallon combined city/highway.
The Altima Midnight Edition has good handling. There’s no excessive body roll, solid braking, and handles rather adeptly.
A seven-inch infotainment screen sits in the middle of the dash and has almost all the modern technology you’d expect in a current car. There’s support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Satellite Radio, and easy-to-use on-screen button navigation. While the screen is easy to read, it’s a bit small compared to other vehicles in this class and the backup camera isn’t the clearest we’ve seen. Both standard USB and a USB-C port are included.
As far as the interior goes, Nissan did a great job with the styling and use of materials. It has carbon-fiber-like surfaces, and soft, stitched leather. There are even two-stage heated seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Inside the center console is the control button for the ambient lighting.
The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable with two-way lumbar support. The passenger gets jack. A manual seat with no lumbar.
When it comes to safety, Nissan includes standard features such as blind spot detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward and rear emergency braking, parking aids, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention alert. While there’s plenty of legroom in the second row and there’s a good amount of headroom as well. One odd thing is that there’s a pocket on the back of the front passenger seat but not on the back of the driver’s seat. There are also no air vents for folks in the back.
If you’re looking for a lot of junk in your trunk, you’re in luck with the Altima Midnight. It has one of the largest trunks in this class at 15.4 cubic feet for cargo space. Fold down the 60/40 rear split back seats and that grows to a whopping 58.1 cubic feet.
The 2022 Atima starts at only $24,000 and goes all the way up to $34,000, depending on trim. Our test vehicle with this Midnight package was $33,100. Nissan provides a 3-year / 36,000 bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year / 60,000 miles for the powertrain.
At the end of the day, this Midnight Edition Altima looks sharp, has decent handling, and is very reasonably priced compared to its competition from Honda, Toyota, KIA, and Hyundai. While it’s far from perfect, it does check a lot of boxes for its price.