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2012 Nissan Altima Base Specifications

Feature Description
Transmission Automatic
Engine 2.5L
Horsepower 175 horsepower@5600rpm
MPG City 23
MPG Highway 32

Customer Review Summary for 2012 Nissan Altima

(194 Reviews)

Solid runner!

2012 Nissan Altima Jason S - Chicago, IL 12/07/2015

After three months of researching vehicle reviews, statistics, and visits to dealerships and test drives I saved the Altima for last because it was the vehicle that I was considering the most, (color, 4cyl, leg and head room, and other accoutrements). I can share that my research has paid off and in the short time that I have owned my Altima I am really pleased.


2012 Nissan Altima James Clark - Vallejo, CA 06/04/2016

Hello Nissan Altima is one of the best cars I have driven in some time I recommend it to my family my friends and co-workers as one of the best cars out there today drives great it's comfortable you had a real car into you drive a Nissan Altima thank you Christine croll

Excellent vehicle at first glance!

2012 Nissan Altima Ryan Mccahill - West palm beach, FL 07/12/2015

I like the exterior looks of the car, spacious interior, and fuel economy. Now for the cons! The vehicle has a CVT, which I personally do not enjoy. The car feels sluggish from a stop, and I believe it takes away from the sporty potential that the vehicle has. The electronics in this vehicle have had many issues. The radio broke within one week of purchase around 19000 miles. The lights in the cabin work intermittently, and the power window features have also been working intermittently. The entire hydraulic braking system had to be replaced around 19000 miles as well. The vehicle has rough handling above 50 mph, and on long highway trips you have to really "drive" the vehicle on the highway. All in all, I would avoid this car!!

2012 Nissan Altima Overview

The 2012 Nissan Altima is quite distinct for a midsize car. Among its competitors, the Altima has established a reputation for sharp handling that inspires confidence behind the wheel. It is comfortable, practical, and well-suited to growing families. Best known as a midsize sedan, the Altima is also available as a more aggressive coupe.

2012 Nissan Altima History

  • The Nissan Altima premiered in 1993 as a compact car.
  • Modified from the third generation, the 2007 Altima was released with a new front, an upgraded rear suspension, and more powerful engine options.
  • The Altima became available as a coupe beginning in the 2008 model year.
  • The Altima received a facelift in the 2010 model year with a restyled front fascia, hood, headlights, wheels, and seat upholstery.
  • Continuously variable transmissions (CVT) became available for all trims for sedan body styles as of 2011, and manual transmissions were dropped as options for almost all trims. Alternatively, Altima coupes only have manual transmission.
  • The 2012 model year concludes the fourth generation of Nissan Altimas.

How It Drives

Nissan built the 2012 Altima to handle the best in its class. The suspension may feel a bit firm, but it is steady and predictable in rough situations. Steering feels natural. Between the four-cylinder and V6 engine options, most commuters will be quite satisfied with the four-cylinder, as 2012 Nissan Altima models equipped with solid four-cylinder engines balance out acceleration and fuel efficiency well. It's still quite exciting on both cities and highways, and competent with the CVT.

Altimas equipped with a V6 are a different beast altogether; the horsepower increases dramatically, and makes for a very engaging drive. Each engine for the sedan is paired with a CVT, enabling a very responsive ride, even for higher speeds. The coupe version of the 2012 Nissan Altima offers only manual transmission.

Used 2012 Nissan Altima Value

Over the past decade, the Nissan Altima found a lot of success despite stiff competition in the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Honda Accord. The Altima lineup can be customized to fit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Both sedan and coupe versions of the Altima are stylish and distinct. If you prefer a manual transmission Altima, it may be a bit rare to find; most Altimas for this model year pair their engines with CVTs.

Design & Performance

The 2012 Nissan Altima is designed to balance between fuel efficiency and performance. Both two-door and four-door versions have a choice of either four-cylinder or V6 engines, but differ in transmission options. A CVT is standard on all sedans, but Altima coupes will only have manual shift options.

The Nissan Altima has a few trim levels that are categorized by body style:

  • The Altima sedan has the 2.5 base level trim. The 2.5 S trim level has a few more features, and the 3.5 SR trim level has a stronger engine.
  • The Altima coupe is available with the fuel-efficient 2.5 S and more powerful 3.5 SR trim level.

Notably, the Nissan Altima is no longer available as a hybrid. New for the 2012 model year, the surviving coupe and sedan models have feature packages:

  • The 2.5 S sedan now has the Value package with a leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and headlights that turn on automatically.
  • The 3.5 SR sedan includes a Bluetooth phone system. The same feature is also available on the 2.5 S as an optional upgrade in the Convenience package.

Powertrain & Engine

The 2012 Nissan Altima is quite athletic for its car segment. Both sedan and coupe body styles have either a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a 3.5L V6 engine available. The engine options straddle the line between performance and fuel efficiency, though the V6 trades in some fuel efficiency for acceleration.

Body Style & Interior Comfort

The 2012 Nissan Altima still looks great as it closes out this generation. The Altima for this model year is available as a sedan and as a coupe. The Altima's sleek style takes inspiration from other sports cars, especially in the coupe version. The interior is both refreshing and spacious. Though rear headroom may be a problem for taller passengers, most passengers feel comfortable in either the sedan or coupe body styles.

  • All Altima trim levels and body styles come with a push-to-start button.
  • Bluetooth connectivity is also standard in all models.
  • Cargo is spacious; it can be expanded by folding down the back seat.
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