Compare 2012 Nissan Altima vs 2012 Subaru Legacy

2012 Nissan Altima
2012 Subaru Legacy
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
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4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i 23 31 $19,844 $20,995
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited 23 31 $24,067 $25,595
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited PZEV 23 31 $24,375 $25,895
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i PZEV 23 31 $20,153 $21,295
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium 23 31 $21,070 $22,295
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium PZEV 23 31 $21,380 $22,595
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5GT Limited 18 25 $29,442 $31,595
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i 19 27 $18,926 $19,995
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i Premium 19 27 $20,152 $21,295
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H6 Automatic 3.6R 18 25 $23,533 $25,095
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 18 25 $26,821 $28,595
Legacy 4-Door Sedan H6 Automatic 3.6R Premium 18 25 $24,750 $26,295
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,096
$19,844
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,640
$20,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$411 / month
$350 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.4
TCC’s 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. The 2012 Subaru Legacy remains the only mainstream, mid-size sedan to offer all-wheel drive; it's also among the better-handling models in this class, and a strong value in 2.5i form.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.6 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.4 56.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 43.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.4 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.3 103.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.9 186.4
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 59.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.2 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 108.3
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.2 14.7
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.4 11.3 x - TBD -
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 1.0 11.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 36.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55TR17 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
T135/90D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55TR17 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3124 3379
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 170 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 170 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Type
1 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.79 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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