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2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

Price Range: $20,550 - $25,570 | 20 MPG City - 27 MPG Highway

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2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

The Altima remains a very competitive mid-size sedans, but also one of the sportiest. Its rear seat and trunk are spacious enough for no-compromises family use. Gas mileage with the 4-cylinder engine is very impressive, while the refined V6 provides surprising performance. Shoppers might also appreciate that the Altima Sedan and coupe models are assembled in the U.S.

What's new for 2012?

The Nissan Altima returns for 2012 mostly unchanged, with only a few slight feature and option changes. New this year is a Value Package that includes a Bluetooth hands-free system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and a HomeLink universal garage-door opener. A Bluetooth hands-free interface is now also included in all 3.5 SR models as well as 2.5 S models with the Convenience Package.

Model Strengths

  • Sporty handling
  • strong, refined V6
  • roomy trunk and back seat
  • gas mileage from the 4-cylinder
  • manufactured in the U.S.

Model Review

2012 Nissan Altima Sedan models come in three different trims: 2.5 and 2.5 S, which both are powered by a 175-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine; and the 3.5 SR, which gets a 270-hp, 3.5L V6. Both engines come with a continuously variable automatic transmission, but coupes can be had with a choice of the CVT or a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.5

Engine

Engine Type 2.5L Gas I4
Horsepower 175 @ 5600 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 180 @ 3900 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Type Gasoline Fuel
Fuel Capacity 20.0 gal
Fuel Economy 23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 640 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 16 x 7.0 in.
Tires P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Compact Spare Tire

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 40.6 in. / 44.1 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 36.8 in. / 35.8 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 15.3 cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 109.3 in.
Curb Weight 3180 lb.
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4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.5

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional
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