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Nissan offers Midnight Edition package on 2022 Altima sedan

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Three years ago, the Nissan Altima midsize sedan moved into its sixth generation with a complete makeover, along with its first turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive options, as well as new safety and convenience technologies.
For 2022, the line continues with five basic trim levels: the base S 2.5 front-wheel drive ($24,750, plus $1,025 freight); SV 2.5 FWD ($25,750); SR 2.5 FWD ($26,750); SL 2.5 FWD ($30,190); and Platinum 2.5 ($34,450., all-wheel drive only).
These come with the base 2.5-liter normally aspirated inline four-cylinder engine, rated at 188 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of torque (182 and 178 with AWD). All are connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission. No manual gearbox is offered even with the turbo engine.

That engine is offered exclusively in the SR VC-Turbo model with front-wheel drive and the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It puts out 248 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque (using premium fuel). It’s not available with all-wheel drive.
New for 2022 is the Midnight Edition Package, available for an additional $1,750 only on the SR model. This is the one we tested for this report. 

The package comes with some cool exterior appearance items that include a black V-motion grille, black rear spoiler, black painted 19-inch alloy wheels, and a Midnight Edition badge.
That’s not all, though. The Midnight package also adds LED fog lights, heated front seats, driver’s seat with power-adjustable lumbar support, power tilt/slide moon roof, and heated outside mirrors with built-in LED turn signals.
Two notable changes for the Altima in its redesign included making the Nissan Safety Shield 360 package standard on the SR model, and the Driver Assist Package available on the S model. With this change, Safety Shield 360 now is available across the entire lineup. 
Platinum models have an outside-mirror-position memory. And Piano Black interior trim is offered on the SV, SL and Platinum models.
SL and Platinum trims come with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist, a precursor to autonomous operation. It’s optional on the SV trim as part of the SV Premium Package ($1,800). It is  not offered on the SR model.

This system eases the driver’s workload by reducing the amount of acceleration, steering and braking input during highway driving. The goal is to reduce driver fatigue and accidents.
ProPilot Assist helps to keep the vehicle centered in its lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic, and maintain both a set speed and a set distance from the vehicle ahead – all done with a simple two-button operation. It includes use of the new Intelligent Cruise Control, a feature that is quickly becoming standard on even lower-end cars these days.
Altima’s ProPilot Assist uses a forward-facing camera and radar, various sensors and an electronic control module to help keep the car in the driving lane and maintain the cruise speed set by the driver, and to help maintain a gap between the car and the vehicle ahead. The system also can bring the vehicle to a complete stop and hold it there in stop-and-go traffic conditions.

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The Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is capable of automatically sending up to half of the engine’s power to the rear wheels when slippage is detected, or keeping 100 percent of power at the front, which is the default mode.
Altima also comes with Rear Automatic Braking, which helps detect stationary objects in the way as the vehicle begins to back up, and applies the brakes to avoid a collision. This is standard on the SV, SL and Platinum levels.
Standard on all models are Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Driver Alertness. 
The Intelligent Around-View Monitor is standard on the Platinum models only.

Front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies under the Safety Shield 360 system include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, the Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist.
A Traffic Sign Recognition system picks up speed-limit information using a camera on the windshield in front of the rearview mirror. That information is transmitted to and shown in the Advanced Drive Assist Display. In vehicles equipped with navigation, the speed-limit information comes from a combination of navigation system data and the camera’s view.

Also new in the sixth-generation Altima is a dual-pinion electric power steering system, designed to enhance steering feel and reduces steering noise.
The Integrated Dynamics Module includes Intelligent Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control – similar to those on the Nissan Maxima sedan.
Wheel sizes include 16-, 17- and 19-inch. 
After the 2019 redesign, the Altima is 1.1 inches lower, an inch longer overall, and 0.9 inches wider than before, and it has a wheelbase 1.9 inches longer.
Among exterior features are a V-motion grille with dark chrome finish, LED projector headlights with Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lights, a “floating” roof with slim pillars and a single-panel moon roof. 
Exterior color choices include deep-tinted Scarlet Ember (red), which changes hue with the light, and Sunset Drift (orange), which has a unique reflective pigment. Our test vehicle came with a Gun Metal (dark gray) exterior. An elegant Pearl White Tricoat exterior color is available for $395 extra.

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Altima’s interior was designed to give the car a near-luxury feel, with premium materials and the lightweight, layered and more horizontal “gliding wing” instrument panel. 
Our SR Midnight Edition model came with dark sport seats with the power moon roof, heated front seats, eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, and manual heating and air conditioning. 
We also had remote keyless entry with pushbutton start; rear-door alert; and tire-pressure monitoring with Nissan’s Easy Fill alert system.
Comfort and convenience features include the standard 7.0-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. Leather interiors are standard on SL and Platinum grades.

Standard on all models is the NissanConnect system, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It comes with an eight-inch multi-touch color display, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and streaming audio, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and Siri Eyes Free/Google Assistant Voice Recognition. 
It also offers Apple Watch and Android Wear compatibility through the NissanConnect Services app – allowing remote engine start and stop, remote lock/unlock and more, along with Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Our tester did not have navigation, but the NissanConnect audio system came with an eight-inch color touch display and associated services, including over-the-air updates, SiriusXM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free phone, text messaging and audio streaming.
We had two front and two rear illuminated USB charging ports, and the audio system came with six speakers. Platinum models have a Bose premium audio system with nine speakers, including a new digital amplifier.

There was no lack of power for everyday driving with the 2.5-liter engine. It includes Hill Start Assist and traction control, along with the electronic stability control and four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. 
There is also an electronic parking brake with auto-hold feature.
Up to five people can ride in the Altima, but it’s much more comfortable for two than three in the back seat (normal for this class), which has a pull-down center armrest with dual cupholders. 
Rear passengers have their own center heating and air conditioning outlets, along with the USB charging. They also have seatback storage pockets and door storage bins with single cup or bottle holders.
Dual front USB ports and an auxiliary port are positioned at the front of the center console just under the dash for the driver and front passenger, along with two cupholders.

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The Altima has a relatively roomy trunk with 15.4 cubic feet of space. The rear seatback has a 60/40 fold-down feature to expand trunk capacity into the passenger area.
EPA fuel-economy ratings for our test vehicle with the 2.5-liter engine and all-wheel drive were 25 mpg city/35 highway/29 combined. During our test, we averaged 28.3 mpg with almost an equal mix of local and over-the-road driving. 
With front-wheel drive, ratings are 28 city/39 highway/32 combined; and with the turbo engine, 25/34/29.
The only options on our tester, other than the Midnight Edition Package, were floor and trunk mats, hideaway cargo nets and dual trunk hooks ($310); and interior accent lighting ($455).
Total sticker price was $31,490, including freight and options, for our well-equipped Altima SR 2.5-liter with all-wheel drive and the Midnight Edition Package.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @gchambers3.

2022 Nissan Altima

The package: Midsize, four-door, five-passenger, gasoline four-cylinder normal or turbo powered, front- or all-wheel-drive sedan.
Highlights: Altima moved into its sixth generation for 2019, with a complete makeover and its first turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive options. This is the best version yet, offering a luxury-car appearance, sporty performance, comfortable ride, plush and roomy interior and lots of new high-tech safety and driver-assistance features.
 Negatives: No manual gearbox available for those who want a sportier driving experience, especially with the turbo engine option.
Engines: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, normally aspirated (standard); 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (optional).
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic.
Power/torque: 188 HP/180 foot-pounds (2.5, front drive; 182/178 with AWD); 248 HP/273 foot-pounds (2.0).
Length: 192.9 inches.
Curb weight range (base): 3,212-3,329 pounds.
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Trunk volume: 15.4 cubic feet.
Side air bags: Front seat-mounted, roof-mounted side-curtain for both rows, standard.
Electronic stability control: Standard. 
Fuel capacity/type: 16.2 gallons/unleaded regular (front drive); 16.0 gallons (all-wheel drive).
EPA fuel economy: 28 mpg city/39 highway/32 combined (2.5, front drive); 26/36/30 (2.5, all-wheel drive); 25/34/29 (2.0).
Major competitors: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy. 
Base price range: $24,750-$34,450, plus $1,025 freight.
Price as tested: $31,490, including freight and option (2.5 SR AWD with Midnight Edition Package).
On the Road rating: 9.2 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.

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