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2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Volkswagen Passat

  2012 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S Side Exterior View 2012 Volkswagen Passat
MSRP
$20,550
$20,590
Invoice $19,699 $19,746
MPG
City/Highway
18/32 20/43
Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Still one of the best-looking mid-sizers
  • Responsive handling
  • Simple, comfortable interior
  • Strong six-cylinder acceleration

Dislikes:

  • Back seat can seem tight
  • Pushbutton start, whether you want it or not
  • Some interior materials look drab
  • Safety scores fall a bit shy
  • CVT is an acquired taste

Likes:

  • Amazing rear-seat leg room
  • TDI's hybrid-beating fuel economy
  • Spare bodywork's minimalist details
  • Steers and rides, for the most part, like the old Passat

Dislikes:

  • Five-cylinder's dull responses
  • Plenty of grainy plastic inside
  • Wind and road noise
  • Features list is full of potholes
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