Consumer Reviews Summary
54 of 61 (88%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Nissan Altima Overview
The 2012 Nissan Altima is not changed much from last year, but with the way it’s selling why would you change such a winning formula? As the sales numbers have dipped for Camry and Accord, the Altima has still been going strong and it’s easy to see why.
The Altima is available as a practical sedan or a sporty coupe. Coupe versions of the Altima are lower and shorter, and feature unique styling that really set them apart from their more serious sedan siblings. If you’re going to be carrying people and cargo, the sedan with its four-doors, larger backseat, and almost double cargo volume when compared to the coupe is probably more in line with your needs.
Under the hood, both the coupe and sedan share two engine options: a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that comes with the 3.5 SR trim. The Altima sedan features an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with manual mode, although coupe versions are also available with a six-speed manual for a more engaged driving experience.
Fuel economy ratings, ever more important in this era of high gas prices, vary depending on your choice of engine. The Altima’s fuel efficiency numbers fit in with the rest of the midsize segment, the four-cylinder engine nets you 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway and the V-6 drops those numbers slightly to 20 and 27 respectively (with the CVT equipped, opting for the manual drops each of these figures by approx. one mpg).
Inside, both the coupe and sedan feature seating for up to five passengers. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry with trunk release, and push button start. For those who want to spruce up their car a little more, the Altima is also available with dual zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, USB/Auxiliary audio connections, a touchscreen navigation system, and Bluetooth® connectivity. For those who like to carry their music with them wherever they go, the Altima can be outfitted with a “Music Box” hard drive that stores over 9 GB of music.
The 2012 Altima takes safety seriously with an electronic stability system, antilock brakes, six airbags, and traction control all standard. A rear view camera is optional for safer backing. The NHTSA gave the Altima four-stars overall for its performance in crash tests.
Whether you’re looking for a sporty driving experience, or for a good car to transport the family, the 2012 Nissan Altima fits the bill.