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2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

2012 Nissan Altima Review

(0 Stars)  Nissan's mid-size stalwart works better as a sedan than a coupe.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Altima is a stylish, well-equipped car available in sedan or coupe form. Both versions are attractive and have upscale interiors; from some angles, the voluptuous Altima coupe somewhat resembles the pricier Infiniti G37. The coupe's sporty styling cues include dual exhaust tips, clear taillight housings, and an optional trunk spoiler. Unfortunately, the driving experience doesn't live up to the athletic design's promise. The chassis is soft and the steering feel poor, making the Altima better for commuting and highway cruising than aggressive driving. All Altimas drive competently, and models with the V-6 engine are remarkably quick. Coupes can be equipped with a six-speed manual, but sedans are offered only with a continuously variable transmission. That's no downfall, as the CVT is one of the best and smoothest such transmissions on the market. The four-cylinder engine is quite efficient for a car of this size, returning 31 or 32 mpg on the highway depending on transmission choice. All Altimas have Intelligent Key push-button start, nine cupholders, lots of safety equipment, and a vehicle alarm. Options include iPod connectivity, heated mirrors, a backup camera, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen navigation system. The Altima has plenty of style, and the sedan is plenty roomy--factors that keep the sedan near the top of the sales chart for mid-size cars. It's too bad that the driving experience of the sportier-looking coupe doesn't match up to its striking design.

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2012 Altima Base Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 23 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, 27 MPG combined and 540 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
20.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 175 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 180 ft lb of torque @ 3,900 rpm

'12 Nissan Sedan Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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