2012 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Altima is Nissan’s midsize sedan and coupe and Nissan’s best-selling car. The Nissan Altima was first introduced in 1992, replacing the Stanza for the 1993 model year. A totally redesigned, second-generation Altima was introduced for the 1998 model year. The larger third-generation Nissan Altima went on sale for the 2002 model year, and for 2005 the Altima received additional interior and exterior upgrades. For 2007 an all-new fourth-generation Altima arrived with distinctive styling and is built on the new Nissan “D” platform with improved body rigidity and a redesigned suspension. For 2008, a coupe version of the Altima was added to the lineup.

While both the midsize Altima sedan and Altima coupe are handsome automobiles, that’s only part of their appeal. Choose the V6-powered 3.5 SR model, for example, and you’ll get both a robust 270-horsepower V6 engine and a firmer suspension that makes this Altima feel more like an expensive sport sedan. Even without these upgrades, the entry-level 2.5 and midrange 2.5 S models offer a decidedly more engaging driving experience than you’d expect from such practically oriented automobiles.

Inside, the Altima sports an attractive and comfortable cabin. The interior can also be fitted out with upscale options like a hard-drive-based navigation system with music storage, Bluetooth streaming audio and a rearview camera. These and many other high-end goodies are bundled together in a number of different packages, meaning some buyers will be forced to shell out money for features they don’t really want in order to get those they do. Another downside to the Altima is that rear seat headroom is a bit tight in both coupe and sedan body styles.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Nissan Altima is offered in coupe and sedan body styles. There are three trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S and 3.5 SR.

The 2.5 base model’s (sedan only) list of standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a trip computer. There are no options offered here, not even a stereo, though the interior is pre-wired with four speakers. The 2.5 S trim, which can be had on both body styles, adds 17-inch alloy wheels (coupe only), keyless ignition/entry and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

Available options include a new Value package that comes with automatic headlights, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The Special Edition package adds alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, a rear spoiler and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

Powertrains and Performance

Under the hood, the front-wheel-drive 2012 Nissan Altima can be had with one of two engines. All 2.5 models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 175 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on all sedans, but it’s optional on the coupe, which has a six-speed manual standard. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2.5-liter engine is 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with the CVT, and 23/31/26 mpg with the manual.


Every 2012 Nissan Altima comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags that cover both rows.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the 2012 Nissan Altima’s passenger cabin offers top-quality materials and attractive, if a bit plain, styling. Up front, Altima coupes feature nicely bolstered sport seats in place of the sedan’s flatter front buckets. Both the Altima coupe and sedan offer a bit less rear-seat head- and legroom than some of their competitors, though it’s really only an issue in the coupe and even then there’s enough space to squeeze in a couple of adults for a short trip.

Driving Impressions

Which 2012 Nissan Altima model is right for you depends a lot on your expectations. The four-cylinder engine under the hood of 2.5 models feels lively enough that it should be more than adequate for a majority of buyers. The CVT pleased several of our editors with its smooth and responsive performance, while others felt it made the engine seem noisier under hard acceleration. The suspension here is biased toward ride comfort, though handling doesn’t suffer all that much for it. On the highway, the Altima’s ride quality never feels harsh or busy, and wind and road noise are muted.


2012 Nissan Altima Specs :

* 3.5L V6 engine
* Manual transmission
* Up to 20 cty/27 hwy mpg
* Bluetooth
* iPod input
* MP3 Player
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control
* Navigation System (Optional)
* DVD player (Optional)

2012 Nissan Altima Price :

MSRP range : $20,410 – $30,760
Invoice price range : $19,565 – $28,498

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