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2012 Nissan Altima
2012 Nissan Altima
Available Price Range $6,469-$14,757 Trims6 Combined MPG 22-27 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Nissan Altima

Our Take

Nissan's midsize Altima is available in both coupe and sedan body styles. The coupe's powertrain offerings are similar to the sedan's, but the coupe has unique styling elements. Both body styles provide seating for five, and competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Firm ride
  • Occasional drivetrain clunk (four-cylinder)
  • Backseat roominess
  • Drab tan interior
  • Backseat release straps in trunk

Notable Features

  • Sedan or coupe
  • Standard four-cylinder
  • available 270-hp V-6
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available iPod connectivity
  • Available navigation system

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

If there's a model that epitomizes the concept of flying under the radar, it's the Nissan Altima. Often overlooked when the topic of family sedans comes up, it's quietly become one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. and is currently behind only the Toyota Camry, year-to-date. The 2012 Nissan Altima remains a well-rounded family sedan that gets passing grades in many areas despi... Read full review for the 2012 Nissan Altima

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Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 69 reviews

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Loving it, Sweet Ride

by Hammer from Harpursville, NY on August 31, 2011

I've only had the car a short time but it is a real nice ride. Great features for a real reasonable price. Sporty looking for a 4 door sadan. Going to work on 2 lane hilly country roads I'm getting 29... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

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Asking Price Range
$20,550 - $31,200
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Safety

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Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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