Compare 2012 Honda Accord vs 2012 Nissan Altima vs 2012 Scion tC

2012 Honda Accord
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2012 Nissan Altima
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2012 Scion tC
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4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
2-Door I4 Manual LX-S 23 32 $21,126 $23,080
4-Door I4 Automatic LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
2-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX-S 22 33 $21,855 $23,880
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Automatic SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Manual EX 23 34 $22,334 $24,405
2-Door I4 Manual EX 23 32 $22,654 $24,755
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
2-Door I4 Automatic EX 22 33 $23,383 $25,555
2-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 22 33 $23,383 $25,555
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 20 30 $25,048 $27,380
2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 22 33 $25,071 $27,405
2-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 22 33 $25,071 $27,405
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
2WD I4 5-Door EX 21 29 $25,390 $27,755
2-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 22 33 $26,895 $29,405
2-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 22 33 $26,895 $29,405
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 20 30 $27,191 $29,730
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $27,465 $30,030
2-Door V6 Manual EX-L 17 26 $27,465 $30,030
2WD V6 5-Door EX 18 27 $27,839 $30,440
2WD I4 5-Door EX-L 21 29 $28,172 $30,805
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 20 30 $29,198 $31,930
2-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $29,289 $32,030
2-Door V6 Manual w/Navi EX-L 17 26 $29,289 $32,030
2WD I4 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 21 29 $30,087 $32,905
2WD V6 5-Door EX-L 18 27 $30,256 $33,090
4WD V6 5-Door EX-L 18 26 $31,578 $34,540
2WD V6 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 18 27 $32,171 $35,190
4WD V6 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 18 26 $33,494 $36,640
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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
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 31 $17,646 $18,575
2-Door HB Automatic 23 31 $18,596 $19,575
2-Door HB Automatic Release Series 7.0 23 31 $19,861 $20,905
2-Door HB Manual Release Series 7.0 23 31 $20,811 $21,905
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,396
$19,699
$17,646
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,280
$20,550
$18,575
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$343 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Honda Accord Coupe 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. The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 23 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize Compact Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.3 52.5 48.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.7 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.0 100.7 88.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 36.8 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.5 52.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 44.1 41.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 56.8 52.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 35.8 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.6 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 61.0 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
194.9 190.7 174.0
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 58.0 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 61.0 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 109.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 70.7 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 15.3 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 14.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 34.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.4 10.98 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.1 16.2 14.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 36.1 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.83 2.81
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D16 T145/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16 P225/45R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3279 3180 3060
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.0 6.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4300 180 @ 3900 173 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
177 @ 6500 175 @ 5600 180 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 23 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 27 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 NA 1.38
Trans Type
5 1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 NA 0.88
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 1.78 3.56
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.51 NA 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 5.79 4.06
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 - TBD - 3.54
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Accord Sdn Nissan Altima Scion tC
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 3 Door Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 0.86 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double wishbone Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.51 0.68 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.9 7.2
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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