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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 2.5L Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,699
$19,746
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,550
$20,590
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$343 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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. A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 57.0
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1 42.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 56.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 39.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 38.3
Second Hip Room (in) 52.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.7 102.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 191.6
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 61.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 110.4
Liftover Height (in) 27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 72.2
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 62.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.3 15.9
Brakes
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 10.7 x 0.4
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 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.1 36.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.83 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size T135/90D16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/60TR16
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 3166
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
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 - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.0 9.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 140
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 5600 170 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 180 @ 3900 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 32
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.27
Trans Type 1 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.78 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.79 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.78
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.86 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.68 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 5.7
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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