The 2012 Nissan Altima is a mid-sized sedan available in hybrid and coupe trim levels. The sedan and coupe trims are available with two engine options; standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 175 hp or an optional SR trim level 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 hp. Both trims are available with a Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission, while the coupe offers a standard 6-speed manual. Fuel mileage comes in an EPA estimated range of 18 mpg city to 32 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission selection. The Altima Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine that produces 198 hp. This FWD hybrid vehicle comes standard with Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission and gets an EPA estimated 33 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Options include navigation, HID xenon headlights, push button ignition, rearview monitor, and heated leather seats. Safety features include front-passenger/curtain-side airbags, traction control system, vehicle dynamic control, hood buckling creases with safety stops, and tire pressure monitoring system. The Altima is backed by a 3-year/30,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
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. And there's one color change; the Metallic Slate exterior hue has been replaced for 2012 with Dark Slate. Finally, the Altima Hybrid has been temporarily discontinued for 2012.
Sporty handling; strong, refined V6; roomy trunk and back seat; gas mileage from the 4-cylinder; manufactured in the U.S.
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.