The 2012 Nissan Altima is available in both the mid – size Altima coupe and Altima sedan. Both these models are handsome vehicles and it offers a more engaging driving experience. This fuel efficient and stylish roadster has a comfortable and attractive cabin. In the crowded midsize segment, this Nissan model is one of the better choices.
It gives a tough competition to all other current branded automobiles namely, the Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Fusion. This vehicle provides the combination of driving enjoyment as well as everyday practicality. It comes in 3 – different types of trims such as 2.5, 2.5 S, and last but not the least, 3.5 SR.
Occupants will surely feel comfortable in this model because its base variant is equipped with keyless ignition and entry, steel 16 – inch wheels, air conditioning, complete power accessories, cruise control, steering tilt and telescoping wheel, and trip computer.
On the other hand, the 2.5 S trim adds alloy 17 – inch wheels, keyless remote entry and ignition, CD player, audio auxiliary jack, and 6 – speaker sound system. It has some optional amenities like Value package that gets Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlamps, steering leather – wrapped wheel, audio controls, and rearview auto – dimming mirror.
The Special Edition package of 2012 Nissan Altima includes alloy wheels, fog lamps, steering leather – wrapped wheel, rear spoiler, audio controls, and automatic headlamps. The Convenience Plus Package has sunroof, automatic dual – zone climate control, and turn – signal mirror – mounted repeaters.
The Premium audio package has Bose 9 – speaker stereo system, satellite radio, iPod interface, and rearview camera. The SL 2.5 package offers front heated seats, rearview auto – dimming mirror, rear A / C vents, and leather upholstery. The SL package has xenon headlamps and rear A / C vents.
The 3.5 SR Sport package includes xenon headlamps, dual – zone climate control, sunroof, and fog lamps. The Technology package offers hard – drive based navigation system, digital music storage, audio streaming Bluetooth, and rear – time traffic.
For enhancing its driving performance, the 2.5 model is powered by 2.5 – liter 4 – cylinder engine which is able to crank out 175 hp of maximum energy and 180 lb – ft of torque. This engine is mated with standard front wheel drive and continuously variable automatic transmission on all sedans.
The engine of coupe is paired with 6 – speed manual transmission and optional continuously variable automatic transmission. Only in 8.5 seconds, the 2.5 S sedan accelerates from zero to 60 mph. As per the fuel EPA estimation, the 2.5 – liter engine of 2012 Nissan Altima achieves 23 mpg on city roads and 32 mpg on highways with continuously variable transmission.
According to the fuel EPA economy, it achieves 23 mpg on city streets and 31 mpg on highways with manual transmission. The 3.5 SR variant has powerful 3.5 – liter V6 engine which generates more than 270 hp of energy and 258 lb – ft of torque. In 7 seconds, the 3.5 sedan went from zero to 60 mph.
With CVT, the 3.5 coupe did the same sprint in 6.7 seconds and with the manual, it did the same sprint in 6.5 seconds. According to the fuel EPA estimation, the 3.5 – liter V6 engine achieves 20 mpg on city streets and 27 mpg on highways for the CVT.