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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L 25 35 $20,181 $22,055
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 25 35 $20,679 $22,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 25 35 $21,129 $23,220
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 25 35 $22,547 $24,775
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 21 30 $24,488 $26,910
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 21 30 $27,404 $30,115
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE Sport Limited Edition 25 35 $23,767 $25,995
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,181
$19,699
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,055
$20,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$368 / month
$343 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Car Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.0 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.7 100.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.6 55.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 44.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.5 56.8
Second Leg Room (in) 38.9 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 40.6
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5 52.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 189.2 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.0 61.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 15.3
Brakes
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) 11.1 x - TBD - 11.5 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 - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.0 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.7 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 36.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/65R16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65R16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3190 3180
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.7 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 178 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System EFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 4100 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code 2AR NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42 NA
Trans Type 6 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.15 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.63 5.79
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Camry Nissan Altima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.95 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.7 6.9
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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