2012 Nissan Altima Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,532 - $10,844
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
175-270
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,532 - $10,844
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
175-270
Seats
5

Ranks #9 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2012 Nissan Altima If...

If you're seeking a sleek and efficient coupe that is a bit more sophisticated than the traditional 2-door muscle car, the 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe is for you. It's not hard to mistake a loaded V6-powered Altima Coupe for a much more expensive premium car.

Nissan Altima Models & Trims

2.5 S $8,363 - $9,996*
Horsepower: 175 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 7.5 in. - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
3.5 SR $9,099 - $10,844*
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: Leather, Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5 $7,532 - $9,157*
Horsepower: 175 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5 SL $8,724 - $10,341*
Horsepower: 175 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Leather, Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.33

433 Reviews

48% 39% 10% 2% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Well-built, reliable vehicle.

This is a stock car. Great interior even though it is upholstery. Very easy to maintain and runs great. I am already at 75, 000 miles and have had no problems with the engine or any auxiliaries. They make this in 3. 5 liter with an option for leather seats, but my 2. 5 liter is exceptional and I do not need leather seats. I have driven it in the city but also on long distances. I even drove it across the country with absolutely no problems. The gas mileage is around 20-25 and can even reach 30 mpg on the highway. I would recommend the Altima to anybody wanting a reliable vehicle.

- John S

Great car for your buck, but if you want something luxurious this is not the car.

After going from a 2002 Chevy Tahoe to a Nissan, it is not terrible because it is newer but I do miss having a truck. This car sits low, and is pretty small. Initially, it seemed like a decent size and was a sturdy car. But, having my taller friends sit in the vehicle, at least in the back seat it is a no. Front seat is cool. Honestly, it is not that bad. Just wish it had more to it for a 2012. It is lush to start, with basic gadgets. Not a bad car to buy for the gas. So much better than my last car, and it lets you know how many miles you have until e.

- Jay A

2012 Nissan Altima review.

It is a relatively comfortable car the only thing I do not like about is it that it is too low and sometimes it is hard to see. I really enjoy the heated seats. The Bluetooth does not work too great in the car, when I try to connect my phone to listen to music it goes in and out and when I use the speakerphone it is really echoey. It is a very reliable car it is never broken down on me and I can trust that it will get me to where I need short distances and long distances. The only thing I would suggest to people is if you are short buy a bigger car.

- Nicole K

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,363 - $9,996
$9,099 - $10,844

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
270 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 16
3.5L DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.5 - 44.1 in.
42.5 - 44.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.2 - 40.6 in.
37.2 - 40.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.4 - 35.8 in.
34.4 - 35.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.6 - 36.8 in.
35.6 - 36.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
8.2 - 15.3 cu. ft.
8.2 - 15.3 cu. ft.

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

AC

AC
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Optional
Optional
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather, Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum, Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/55TR17
P235/45VR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
105.3 - 109.3 in.
105.3 - 109.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.7 - 36.1 ft.
36.1 - 37.4 ft.

Length

Length
180.9 - 190.7 in.
180.9 - 190.7 in.

Width

Width
70.7 in.
70.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3081 - 3193 .lbs
3294 - 3357 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
270 hp

Torque

Torque
175 ft. lbs.
258 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 .lbs
100 .lbs

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
20 gal.
20 gal.

Combined

Combined
28 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
23 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 mpg
27 mpg

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Optional
Optional
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings