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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door I4 Manual LX
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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 SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV 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 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 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 EX 20 30 $25,048 $27,380
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 20 30 $27,191 $29,730
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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
7.6
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.3 14.7
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 13.1
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size T135/90D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3180 3217
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 5600 177 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 23
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Altima Honda Accord Sdn
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
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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