2012 Nissan Altima

Rating7.8

Ranked #5 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$20,550 - $25,570

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Key Spec of 2012 Nissan Altima
fuel economy

23/27/32

fuel type

regular unleaded

horsepower

175 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2012 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nissan Altima has been a very popular family sedan for a very long time and now the 2012 Nissan Altima comes back in the extremely competitive mid-size sedan market with a completely new and updated design. The car impresses in the very first look and is extremely beautiful to look at. With all the added tech and beautiful aesthetics, this car definitely makes an amazing first impression, but is it as beautiful and well-behaved under its hood? 

2012 Nissan Altima Latest Updates

  • Apr' 2, 2022 : Nissan Altima Is One Of The Top-Selling Models In Nissan Lineup As Per 2022 Q1 Sales Report Read More »
  • Dec' 1, 2021 : Nissan Plans To Go Carbon Neutral By 2050 Read More »
  • Nov' 22, 2021 : 2022 Nissan Altima Pricing Announced; Starts at $24,550 Read More »

ProsConsWhat's New

Good Looking

Sluggish base engine

No significant change

active handling

Sluggish CVT

Simple, comfortable interior

Back seat can seem tight

Strong acceleration

Options list is a bit confusing

Over All Rating

7.8

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature6.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.10
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior7.90
Exterior8.00
Safety7.90
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Midsize Sedan

#7 in Sedan


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Trims

Base$20,550 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Radio prep Radio
  • Remote keyless entry

SL$22,710 onwards

  • Auto dimming rearview mirrors
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear air vents
  • Xenon headlights

S$22,710 onwards

  • AM/FM stereo
  • Seek-Scan Radio

SR$25,570 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Heated mirrors


Colors and Styles

2012 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Its new 2.5L engine does provide an amazing response. There is a turbo option available as well for an additional $4000 and an AWD drivetrain for $1350 more. These additions make the car far more powerful than other sedans in the same range and bring it at par with the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. The turbo engine offers adequate low-end torque and the CVT gearbox does not disappoint either.


Features
8.0/10

The Altima is offered in 6 trims and is priced pretty affordably across the range,The base trim is 2.5 and the highest trim being named SL.With all trims being different from each other in terms of used wheels,infotainment features and other comfort features.

Model

2.5

2.5S

2.5 SV

3.5S

3.5SV

SL 

Price

$21,760

$22,280

$24,080

$25,760 

$28,260

$30,560 

Key Features

Air-conditioning

Adds to 2.5

Adds to 2.5S

Adds to 2.5SV

Adds to 3.5S

Adds to 3.5SV

 

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Bluetooth phone connectivity

nine-speaker Bose sound system with a 4.3-inch color display

 

Full power accessories

Cruise control

Dual-zone automatic climate control

sport mode with paddle shifters for the CVT

7-inch in-dash monitor

an iPod/USB audio interface

 

Keyless ignition/entry

Automatic headlights

5-inch color LCD screen

 

steering wheel controls for the navigation system

real-time traffic and weather

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Six-way power driver seat

Rearview camera

 

 

dual-zone automatic climate control

 

4-inch display screen

Six-speaker sound system

Upgraded sound system

 

 

ambient lighting

We Recommend

We would recommend the SL trim that is pretty affordable and also holds the most number of features,this trim comes with a bigger engine, a Bose nine speaker system,ambient lighting,etc.This might be our choice as it has most of the features that can be offered and is also pretty affordable in terms of price. 

Engine and Performance
8.1/10

The Nissan Altima comes with two engine options. The Base 2.5L four-cylinder engine produces 182 hp of power and 180 pound-feet of torque, this is the base engine and is used to power the 2.5, 2.5S, and 2.5 SV trims.

The second engine is a 3.5L V6 that churns out 270 hp of power and 251 lb-ft of torque. The Nissan Altima is fun to drive, both the engines are very capable power mills irrespective of the power difference.

Model

Nissan Altima

Kia Optima

Toyota Corolla

Ford Fusion

MSRP

$21,760

$21,350

$16,230

$20,705

Engine

Gas I4 2.5L

Gas I4 2.4L

Gas I4 1.8L

2.5-liter 4 cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously Variable Ratio

Automatic w/manual shift

Manual

6-Speed automatic

Power

182 hp @ 6,000 RPM

200 hp @ 6,300 RPM

138 hp @ 6,000 RPM

175@6000

Torque

180 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

186 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

172@4500

0-60 mph (seconds)

7.4

7.2

10.1

 

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15.7

15.6

17

 

Top Speed (mph)

130

152

115

 

The Kia Optima turns out to be the most powerful car producing 200hp and 186 lb-ft of torque.The Altima comes next with a power output of 182 hp and manages to keep up with the Kia’s acceleration times.The Corolla clearly is the most underpowered car here with 138hp and 128 lb-ft of power and torque output.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The Altima manages to hold its ground in terms of fuel efficiency even with its good performance,The Nissan manages to return a mileage of 27mpg in the city and 38mpg on the highway.I also has a sizable 18 gallon fuel tank too.

Model

Nissan Altima

Kia Optima

Toyota Corolla

Ford Fusion

MPG (City) 

27

24

27

 

MPG (Highway) 

38

35

34

 

MPG (Combined) 

32

29

30

 

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

18.0

18.5

13.2

 

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

486/684/576

444/647.5/536.5

356.4/448.8/396

 

The Nissan is the car that returns the best mileage and gives back a good performance too. With a massive tank of 18 gallons, it also gets the most range of all the cars here - surpassing that of the Kia Optima as well. The Kia is comparatively less fuel-efficient, but it still does good for the segment. 

Interior
7.9/10

The interior of the Altima feel great,even though it has not received too much updates from the previous model.It has a lot of high quality materials used inside and the attention to detail is seen in how good the fit and finish in the interior is,the interior of the car in the rear is not too great although. 

Model

Nissan Altima

Kia Optima

Toyota Corolla

Ford Fusion

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

 

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/56.4/45

39.96/57.28/45.47

38.8/54.8/41.7

 

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/56.4/36.1

39.6/55.71/34.65

37.2/54.7/36.3

 

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.4

15.43

12.3

 

All the cars here are capable of seating 5 people and are almost similar in terms of inside space. The Optima and the Altima have a better interior and features on offer than the Corolla, while also bringing in a very similar cargo capacity. That said, the Optima has a better cabin with plenty of amenities for the segment, like:

  • Keyless Start
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Remote Trunk Release

How intuitive is the 2012 Nissan Altima’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 Nissan Altima does not come with an infotainment system included in the base models, but whatever is available does make sure it is easy to use. The 7” infotainment system on the higher trims too are easy to use and have multiple connectivity options.The Altima at one point was really ahead in the race with the infotainment tech it offered.Now most of the competition have caught up but still the Altima has its own set of impressive features like the bluetooth connectivity and the hardware based navigation system,etc.

 Some of the infotainment features are:

  •  7-inch touch-screen
  •  upgraded sound system
  •  iPod/USB audio interface
  • satellite radio
  • Pandora radio
  • voice controls
  • real-time traffic and weather
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Altima, though not too modern, still manages to look fresh with the use of chrome and alloys that make the car look fresh. The car can stand out even among its much modernly styled rivals. The elements used for aesthetic purposes have a functional side too. 

Model

Nissan Altima

Kia Optima

Toyota Corolla

Ford Fusion

Curb Weight (lbs)

3108

3223

2734

 

Length (in.)

191.5

190.7

180

 

Width (in.)

72

72.05

69.4

 

Height (in.)

57.9

57.28

57.7

 

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.4

5.3

5.8

 

Wheelbase (in.)

109.3

110.04

102.4

 

All the cars here are similar in terms of exterior dimensions too but the difference can be seen in the curb weight, with the Corolla being the lightest car while the Optima being the heaviest. All the cars have a really good ground clearance but the Altima manages to strike the perfect balance in all the aspects, while also maintaining its proportions well. Some of the highlighting exterior features are:

  • Rear Defrost
  • Compact Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Steel Wheels
  • Wheel Covers
Safety
7.9/10

The 2012 Nissan Altima comes into the market with a strong reputation for its safety and comes with a number of safety features as standard. The car comes equipped with airbags, brake assist, ABS, traction control etc. The car has a very strong build quality and that is felt when we sit inside but it appears nothing like it.

Important safety features are:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Blind-spot monitoring(optional)
  • Cross-traffic alert (optional)
  • Lane-departure warning system(optional)
Final Verdict

The 2012 Nissan Altima manages to still look modern and fresh. The capable engine, excellent handling, performance, space and the styling make this car a lucrative buy. The car is pretty safe and that makes this car a sweet deal to own. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$25570

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

213 cu in

horse power

270 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2-Speed CVT w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

190.7 in

wheelbase

109.3 in

width

70.7 in

curb weight

3357 lbs

Height

57.9 in

Ground Clearance

5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

100.7 cu ft

cargo volume

15.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

540 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Nissan Altima 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,344
5 Year Cost To Own
$43,580
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $43,580
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,134$1,752$1,688$1,961$1,890$14,425
Insurance$1,461$1,504$1,488$1,539$1,642$7,634
Fuel$1,479$1,571$1,529$1,635$1,654$7,868
Maintenance$507$766$817$1,251$1,648$4,989
Repairs$-26$-43$156$242$412$741
Financing Interest$1,719$1,326$1,035$631$223$4,934
Taxes and Fees$2,362$161$126$175$165$2,989
Total Cost-To-Own$14,636$7,037$6,839$7,434$7,634$43,580
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