INTRO: The 2012 Nissan Altima mid-size sedan and coupe rely on crisp handling, strong acceleration and sporty styling to keep the Altima on the short list of affordable family sedans.
FEATURES: Riding on a lightweight multi-link suspension with electronic stability control, the 5-passenger Altima provides extraordinary comfort and superb handling. The optional Premium Package takes comfort to another level with a 9-speaker Bose sound system with a 4.3-inch color display, while the Technology Package adds features including a 9.3-gigabyte hard drive for music storage.
PERFORMANCE: Engine choices for the front wheel drive Altima include a 170 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4 cylinder and a 270 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The sedan is equipped with a continuously variable transmission, while the coupe comes with either a 6-speed manual or the CVT.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Nissan Altima Sedan is $20,410. The 3.5 SR Coupe starts at $28,430. The Altima is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: The 2012 Nissan Altima coupe and sedan turn an everyday drive into a fun filled event by delivering a comfortable, sporty and feature-laden car at a price that won't break the bank.