2022 Nissan Altima Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine & electrical system issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a sedan that provides plenty of features without breaking the bank. The automaker claims it provides “driving excitement to a whole new level.” Yet, drivers feel that the malfunctioning engine, defective electrical system and malformed wheels are leading to issues.

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Problems with the Engine

A reliable engine is required for a smooth ride. However, no one seems to think that the engine in the Altima lives up to the hype.

Even Car and Driver states, “standard powertrain is slow and can be noisy.”

Clearly, this motor isn’t providing “driving excitement.” It’s more like the tortoise from Aesop’s fables. Of course, if the higher-powered cars (the hare) decide to take a few breaks, the Altima could still win the race and be the hero. That is, if the driver can stand all of the engine noise long enough to deal with the slowness.

Problems with the Electrical System

A defective electrical system is also a top concern with the 2022 Altima. Publications are piling on the complaints about the systems.

Here’s one comment from Car and Driver. The car appears to have “some intrusive active safety features.”

Back a few years ago, there were also class-action lawsuits because of a headlight malfunctioning, which is also part of the electrical system. It turns out that affected Altimas have halogen headlights that become dull, causing the low beam to become so bad that visibility turns into an issue. Of course, the car is going so slow that it shouldn’t be hard for other drivers to see it and have enough reaction time to get out the way.

Problems with the Wheels

The wheels on a brand-new vehicle should be stylish and eye-catching. It’s also important that the wheels are safe, but that’s not necessarily the case.

One user on the Nissan Club Forum states, “I just purchased a 2022 Altima last week with 5 miles on the odometer. Today I noticed four square-shaped marks on all four wheels that are sticky and transparent. I was able to remove some with my fingernail I am suspecting it is glue? I’m not sure what it is or how to remove it.”

Car and Driver further states that the “19-inch wheel-and-tire combo hurts ride quality.”

Between sticky substances on the wheels to an affected ride quality, there’s very little to love about the 2022 Altima. New drivers aren’t happy about having to clean the wheels and for a good reason. After all, they’ve just spent a good amount of money to enjoy a newer vehicle and they have to spend more to get it clean. Talk about “excitement to a whole new level.”

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Meilinda G

    My Altima has a popping in the right front almost right out of the gate, pair this with the glazing that happens in the transmission and the problem with breaking where when apply the breaks to come to a stop behind another car, the vehicle will down shift and the car takes off as if it is out of control for a split second and then the car decides to return to breaking. As well as the safety system which creates a huge safety issue, when in cruise control and have the sensor on the car will fight you if you are trying to avoid something in the road that could be hazardous. Not only do I now own a Nissan altima bright red lemon I am seriously regretting my first new car purchase not to mention as soon as I got the car home and tried to contact the dealership they have been ghosting me. Think they know what they sold me? I’m going to say an absolute of course they do!!!

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