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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
lags behind the competition when it comes to standard features
new optional audio system should be welcome news, as it now bundles a 4.3-inch color display; iPod, Bluetooth, and XM satellite radio connectivity; and Nissan’s rearview monitor
Car and Driver
technology is top-notch, including updated optional navigation and sound systems with real-time traffic and Bluetooth streaming audio
Bluetooth phone system is fairly basic
Even in base Altima S form, Nissan's mid-size sedan comes with more features than you might expect--and with the SR badge on pricey versions, you'll get even more equipment that wouldn't seem shy on some Infinitis.
Every Altima includes pushbutton start; a CD player with six speakers; power locks, windows and mirrors; and cruise control. Moving up to the Altima SR coupe or sedan, you'll add on Bluetooth, woodgrain trim and a power driver seat.
Option packages can drive the Altima's price past $32,000. The Sport Package adds on a moonroof; a rear spoiler; and high-intensity discharge headlamps. The Technology package bundles a navigation system teamed with a music-and-data hard drive; Bluetooth with streaming audio; a rearview camera; and real-time weather and traffic. Lastly there's a Premium package with leather seats with heating; ambient lighting; and a garage door opener.
It's easy to load up a 2012 Nissan Altima to more than $30,000, but value-priced versions have good standard features.