Compare 2012 Toyota Camry vs 2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Toyota Camry
2012 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L
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 I4 Automatic SE Sport Limited Edition 25 35 $23,767 $25,995
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 21 30 $24,488 $26,910
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 21 30 $27,404 $30,115
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,181
$19,699
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,055
$20,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$368 / month
$343 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
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
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Car Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.9 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 52.5
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 61.0
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.0 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3190 3180
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear 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
Fuel System
EFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4100 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
2AR NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
178 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Transmission
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 -
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Camry Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 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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