Compare 2012 Nissan Altima vs 2012 Honda Accord Sedan

2012 Nissan Altima
2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
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4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 23 34 $19,666 $21,480
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Automatic SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Manual EX 23 34 $22,334 $24,405
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 20 30 $25,048 $27,380
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 20 30 $27,191 $29,730
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 20 30 $29,198 $31,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,699
$19,666
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,550
$21,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers. Though the 2012 Honda Accord now has one of the more dated four-door sedan designs--and Bluetooth connectivity remains hard to get--its comfortable interior and perky, refined performance hit the sweet spot for families.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 56.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.7 106.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 62.6
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110.2
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 72.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 194.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 14.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.4 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.0 11.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 37.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 13.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T135/90D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P215/60HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3180 3217
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 440
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 177 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 34
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.53
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.78 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.77
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.79 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.87
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.26
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.15
Trans Type
1 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Honda Accord Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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