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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 Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,699
$19,095
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,550
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$325 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 56.8 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 52.5 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.7 102.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 110.0
Liftover Height (in) 27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 63.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.3 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 0.4 11.2 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 11.8 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 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.83 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size T135/90D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
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 3206
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.0 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 110
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/- TBD - 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 5600 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 180 @ 3900 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 35
Transmission
Trans Type 1 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.78 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.93
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.79 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.26
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.69
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Nissan Altima Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.86 - TBD -
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 MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.68 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 6.5
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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