2012 Nissan Altima

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4

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2012 Nissan Altima
2012 Nissan Altima
The Altima is a stylish, well-equipped car available in sedan or coupe form. Both versions are attractive and have upscale interiors; from some angles, the voluptuous Altima coupe somewhat resembles the pricier Infiniti G37. The coupe's sporty styling cues include dual exhaust tips, clear taillight housings, and an optional trunk spoiler. Unfortunately, the driving experience doesn't live up to the athletic design's promise. The chassis is soft and the steering feel poor, making the Altima better for commuting and highway cruising than aggressive driving. All Altimas drive competently, and models with the V-6 engine are remarkably quick. Coupes can be equipped with a six-speed manual, but sedans are offered only with a continuously variable transmission. That's no downfall, as the CVT is one of the best and smoothest such transmissions on the market. The four-cylinder engine is quite efficient for a car of this size, returning 31 or 32 mpg on the highway depending on transmission choice. All Altimas have Intelligent Key push-button start, nine cupholders, lots of safety equipment, and a vehicle alarm. Options include iPod connectivity, heated mirrors, a backup camera, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen navigation system. The Altima has plenty of style, and the sedan is plenty roomy--factors that keep the sedan near the top of the sales chart for mid-size cars. It's too bad that the driving experience of the sportier-looking coupe doesn't match up to its striking design.
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Toyota posted a 57.5-percent improvement in June sales, thanks in part to the Camry and the new Prius C. Its luxury division Lexus also did well, with an 85.9-percent increase compared to June 2011. In second place was Honda with a 45.6-percent gain, while Acura posted a 76.5-percent increase thanks to new products such as the RDX crossover. Nissan came in third with a 24.6 increase compared to the same period last year, and Infiniti saw sales increase 66.1 percent.
2012 Nissan Altima Front Three Quarter
My, how the mighty have fallen: in a month where the midsize segment's top contender and bottom third didn't change, competitors from Chrysler, Honda, and Nissan are making things interesting.
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In the midsize sedan segment, the Toyota Camry is traditionally the best-seller, but Nissan turned to the Hyundai Sonata for design inspiration with the new 2013 Altima, according to WardsAuto. In fact, Nissan briefly stopped development in order to size up the competition from Hyundai.
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Toyota and Nissan posted strong March 2012 sales, but Honda wasn't so lucky. Toyota sold 183,142 cars, trucks, and SUVs in March 2012, a 17.7-percent year-over-year increase. March was the brand's best-selling month since the Cash-for-Clunkers program back in 2009. Nissan also had a best-selling month in March; its 126,132 vehicles sold represented the automaker's best sales month in its history, and an increase of 14.8 percent versus the same month last year. Honda, on the other hand, struggled to sell 115,833 vehicles, posting a 4.3 percent decrease year-over-year. All three of the Japanese Three's luxury marquees saw sales drops in March of 2011. Infiniti was the overall worst performer last month, with its 10,185 in sales representing a 9.8-percent drop year-over-year. Acura didn't perform much better; it only sold 11,166 vehicles in March, down from 12,611 units last March. Though far better off than its rivals, Lexus didn't have the best March, with its 20,140 in sales representing a 2.6-percent decrease.

Honda's hot spots:

Acura TSX: Acura's second-best-seller last month behind the MDX, the TSX was the only Acura model to increase in sales. Acura sold 3355 TSX sedans last month, a 19.4-percent increase year-over-year. Honda CR-V: A total of 30,868 CR-Vs left dealer lots last month, a 40.3 percent increase year-over-year. Honda has sold 74,587 of the Ohio-build CR-V so far this year. Last year at this point, it had sold 57,433 CR-Vs.

Honda's not-so-hot spots:

Acura RL and ZDX: We had to ask ourselves if Acura even still made the RL sedan when we saw the automaker only sold 38 RLs last month. Yes, even the Acura ZDX outsold the RL, though the ZDX's sales numbers were hardly encouraging. Acura sold 88 ZDXs last month. Acura has sold 198 ZDXs during the first three months of 2012. Honda Accord: Previously a given for the number two midsize sedan sales spot, the Honda Accord was good for 26,771 units last month, putting it behind the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Ford Fusion in midsize sedan sales. Honda Civic: Sales of Honda's volume car were down 9.7 percent last month to 28,199. Though representing a year-over-year sales drop, overall Civic coupe and sedan sales for the year are up 18.8 percent versus the same period last year.

Nissan's hot spots:

Nissan Altima: Nissan sold an astonishing 41,050 Altimas during March—just a handful less than the segment powerhouse Toyota Camry. The icing on the Altima's cake is that Nissan has just unveiled the 2013 Altima, which will likely help Nissan sustain the Altima's growth throughout the year. Nissan Leaf: Though sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf are hardly through the roof, sales increased substantially last month versus the same period last year. Nissan sold 579 Leafs last month. Nissan Rogue: Nissan's second best-seller in March was its Rogue cute-ute. Nissan sold 16,972 Rogues last month, making it the best month of Rogue sales in the model's history. Rogue sales were unsurprisingly on the uptick last month, representing a 19.7-percent year-over-year increase.

Nissan's not-so-hot spots:

Infiniti G Coupe: Infiniti managed to sell just 1299 G Coupes last month, a 31.3-percent drop. Nissan Cube: The quirky Nissan Cube can't catch a break. Only 929 Cubes found homes last month, a 69.4 percent drop over the same period last year.

Toyota's hot spots:

Toyota Avalon: With an all-new model slated to debut in just a few days at the New York auto show, it's somewhat surprising to see sales of the Toyota Avalon up 25.3 percent year-over-year. Toyota sold 3327 of the large front-drive sedan last month. Toyota Camry: Surprise, surprise, the 2012 Camry was Toyota's overall best-seller for March by a wide margin. In fact, the 42,567 Camrys and Camry Hybrids sold gave Toyota's bread-and-butter its best March ever. Lexus GS: The all-new 2013 Lexus GS was perhaps the only bright spot for Toyota's luxury brand last month. The 2013 GS is effortlessly outselling the outgoing model. Lexus sold 2558 GS sedans last month. Scion iQ: The diminutive three-cylinder city car gets an honorable mention this past month for outselling the larger Scion xD. Scion managed to move 1285 iQs last month, putting it on track to potentially outsell the xD for the year.

Lexus’ not-so-hot spots:

Lexus ES: Lexus sold 3141 ES sedans last month, still making it the brand's second best-seller overall despite a 15.8-percent drop. With the debut of a new model just around the corner, sales will likely pick up later this year. Lexus RX: Sales of the luxury crossover king were down by 17.9 percent last month. Though still Lexus' overall best seller, only 7057 RXs were sold in the month of March. As is the case with the ES, Lexus probably isn't fretting much; an updated model is on its way. Source: Honda, Nissan, Toyota    
2013 Nissan Altima Front Three Quarter
The Nissan Altima might not grab headlines that frequently, but the car is still a big deal. It's the second best-selling car in the country, beating the Honda Accord and closely following the Toyota Camry. It's no surprise, then, that Nissan worked very hard to make the new-for-2013 Altima a home run.

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$15,000

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2012 Nissan Altima Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
Horsepower:
175 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
180 ft lb of torque @ 3900rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 NISSAN ALTIMA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 15, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 21, 2011 AND MODEL YEAR 2012 NISSAN NV VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 23, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 28, 2011 BECAUSE THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT (ACU) WAS ASSEMBLED INCORRECTLY.
Consequences
THE AFFECTED ACU WILL NOT OPERATE AS DESIGNED AND THIS ISSUE MAY CAUSE THE AIR BAGS NOT TO INFLATE IN A CRASH WHEN THEY ARE DESIGNED TO INFLATE. THIS COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL REPLACE THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 22, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
54
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
SUSPENSION
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 25, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 10, 2011 AT THE CANTON, MISSISSIPPI PLANT. THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TORQUED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE BOLT TO BECOME LOOSE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN, CREATING A RATTLING NOISE AND VIBRATION.
Consequences
IF THE BOLT COMES OUT COMPLETELY, THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE DIRECTION OF THE VEHICLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL REPLACE THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLTS AND NUTS AND TIGHTEN THEM TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 8, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
20,000
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
STEERING
Summary
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Altima vehicles manufactured from May 10, 2012, through July 26, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification.
Consequences
The affected bolts could become loose and fall out which may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
13,919
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
SUSPENSION
Summary
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Altima vehicles manufactured from May 10, 2012, through July 26, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification.
Consequences
The affected bolts could become loose and fall out which may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
13,919
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 ALTIMA AND VERSA VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS THAT CONTAIN AN INCORRECT PROPELLANT MIXTURE FOR THE INITIATOR COMPONENT USED, RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT OUTPUT OF COMPRESSED GAS.
Consequences
THE SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS MAY NOT DEPLOY, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ONE OR BOTH SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG MODULES, AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 12, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 615-725-1000.
Potential Units Affected
976
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Acceptable
IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Nissan Altima

Depreciation
20.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$6,053
20.4%
Insurance
$7,105
24%
Fuel Cost
$9,431
31.8%
Financing
$1,609
5.4%
Maintenance
$3,651
12.3%
Repair Costs
$1,426
4.8%
State Fees
$343
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $29,618 What's This?
Value Rating: Average