Used 2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

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2012 Nissan Altima

Pros

  • Responsive steering
  • capable chassis
  • quiet ride
  • many available electronic features
  • available coupe body style.

Cons

  • Smaller backseat than rivals
  • complex options structure.

Used 2012 Nissan Altima Sedan for Sale

Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
113,417 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
CarMax
3.1 mi away
List$11,599
Est.Loan: $217/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Nissan Altima 2012 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
102,719 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
3.5 SR
List$8,718
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
68,067 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$8,791
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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$242 Below Market
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
54,439 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$7,965
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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$219 Below Market
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OCTOBER FEST SALES EVENT. ALL UNITS MUST LEAVE THE LOT! BRING YOUR DOWN PAYMENT AND DRIVE HOME. WE ARE AN 'A+' BBB AND HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS OVER 11 YEARS. OVER 100+ VEHICLES TO CHOSE FROM AND WE WILL MAKE THE DEAL EXTRA SWEET FOR YOU. COME SEE US TODAY! Internet Prices are based on cash or cashier's check. Our Internet price does not include a $395 Processing fee, Tags, title and FINANCE FEES!
Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
109,000 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(5)
Cars 4 Less
17.4 mi away
List$5,990
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
84,311 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
CarMax
18 mi away
List$11,598
Est.Loan: $217/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
26,144 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$10,995
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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$300 Below Market
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***LOW MILEAGE, ONE OWNER............................2012 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S SEDAN, SUPER BLACK WITH A GRAY INTERIOR, TIPTRONIC AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, DRIVERS POWER SEAT, AM/FM CD PLAYER, PUSH START, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, KEYLESS ENTRY, DUAL EXHAUST, ALLOY WHEELS, NEW BRAKES, ONLY 26K MILES, CLEAN CARFAX WITH 13 SERVICE RECORDS***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
95,900 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$9,999
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
86,917 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$8,500
Est.Loan: $159/mo
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$234 Below Market
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
78,973 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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$247 Below Market
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
121,694 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$7,000
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012
72,204 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
List$10,000
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
67,306 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$10,995
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
13,428 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
Braddock Motors
27 mi away
List$11,890
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
71,258 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$7,500
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
76,004 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
List$9,979
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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CVT with Xtronic. Certified. Certification Program Details: Mile One Certified, this vehicle comes with a 12 month or 12,000 mile powertrain warranty. Buy with Confidence. Silver 2.5L 4-Cylinder SMPI DOHC CVT with Xtronic FWD Clean CARFAX. CARFAX One-Owner. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Nissan Altima 2012
88,849 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
(3)
Malloy Hyundai
29.8 mi away
List$7,998
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Nissan Altima 2012 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
59,991 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(18)
Cowles Nissan
30.1 mi away
List$9,994
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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$275 Below Market
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Nissan Altima is a solid pick for a midsize sedan or coupe, particularly if you're looking for something with some sporting flair.

vehicle overview

Sooner or later, most everyone reaches that point in life where they feel compelled to trade their stylish, fun-to-drive set of wheels in for something more sensible. What many don't realize, however, is that cars like the 2012 Nissan Altima don't force you to choose between those two extremes.

While both the midsize Altima sedan and Altima coupe are handsome automobiles, that's only part of their appeal. Choose the V6-powered 3.5 SR model, for example, and you'll get both a robust 270-horsepower V6 engine and a firmer suspension that makes this Altima feel more like an expensive sport sedan. Even without these upgrades, the entry-level 2.5 and midrange 2.5 S models offer a decidedly more engaging driving experience than you'd expect from such practically oriented automobiles.

Inside, the Altima sports an attractive and comfortable cabin. The interior can also be fitted out with upscale options like a hard-drive-based navigation system with music storage, Bluetooth streaming audio and a rearview camera. These and many other high-end goodies are bundled together in a number of different packages, meaning some buyers will be forced to shell out money for features they don't really want in order to get those they do. Another downside to the Altima is that rear seat headroom is a bit tight in both coupe and sedan body styles.

Those issues aside, the Altima is still one of the better choices in the crowded midsize category, even though many competitors are newer designs. For those interested in checking out a few worthwhile alternatives, we'd recommend having a look at the well-rounded Ford Fusion, the roomier Honda Accord and the similarly sporty Mazda 6. Other top choices include the very impressive Hyundai Sonata (and related Kia Optima) and the European-influenced Volkswagen Passat. While it's impossible to go wrong with any of the above, few offer the combination of driving enjoyment and everyday practicality offered by the 2012 Nissan Altima.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 Nissan Altima is offered in coupe and sedan body styles. There are three trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S and 3.5 SR.

The 2.5 base model's (sedan only) list of standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a trip computer. There are no options offered here, not even a stereo, though the interior is pre-wired with four speakers. The 2.5 S trim, which can be had on both body styles, adds 17-inch alloy wheels (coupe only), keyless ignition/entry and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

Available options include a new Value package that comes with automatic headlights, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The Special Edition package adds alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, a rear spoiler and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

Many of the following optional packages serve as requirements for more expensive packages, making getting what you want a bit tricky. The Convenience package (sedan only) includes much of the equipment from the Value package but also gains a power driver seat. The Convenience Plus package (sedan only) adds mirror-mounted turn-signal repeaters, a sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Premium Audio package (sedan only) adds a rearview camera and a nine-speaker Bose stereo with satellite radio and an iPod interface. The Premium package (coupe only) combines all the options above.

The 2.5 SL package for the sedan adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and rear A/C vents. On the coupe, the SL package is essentially called the Leather package; it lacks rear A/C vents but gains xenon headlights.

Standard equipment on the top-of-the-line 3.5 SR model includes a V6 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch on the coupe), a sport-tuned suspension, heated side mirrors and the contents of the 2.5 S Convenience package. The 3.5 SR Sport package (sedan only) adds xenon headlights, foglights, a sunroof and dual-zone climate control. The 3.5 SR Premium package (offered on both coupe and sedan) combines all the items in the 2.5 S coupe's Premium package, SL package and Premium Audio package.

The Technology package can be added to all 2.5 S and 3.5 SR models and includes a hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, digital music storage and Bluetooth streaming audio capability.

2012 Highlights

Other than minor feature availability adjustments, the 2012 Nissan Altima is unchanged. Nissan has also discontinued the Altima Hybrid this year.

Performance & mpg

Under the hood, the front-wheel-drive 2012 Nissan Altima can be had with one of two engines. All 2.5 models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 175 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on all sedans, but it's optional on the coupe, which has a six-speed manual standard. In Edmunds performance testing, a 2.5 S sedan sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2.5-liter engine is 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with the CVT, and 23/31/26 mpg with the manual.

The sportier 3.5 SR is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The transmission choices are the same. In our tests, a 3.5 sedan went from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds, while the 3.5 coupe did the same sprint in 6.7 seconds with the CVT and 6.5 seconds with the manual. EPA numbers for the 3.5-liter V6 are 20/27/23 mpg for the CVT and 18/27/21 mpg for the manual.

Safety

Every 2012 Nissan Altima comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags that cover both rows. In Edmunds brake testing, most Altimas regardless of body style came to a stop from 60 mph in about 130 feet, a number that's a bit longer than average for the category.

In government crash tests, the Altima sedan received an overall safety score of four stars (out of a possible five), with a four-star rating for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. In the Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side crash tests, the Altima sedan received the best possible rating of "Good."

Driving

Which 2012 Nissan Altima model is right for you depends a lot on your expectations. The four-cylinder engine under the hood of 2.5 models feels lively enough that it should be more than adequate for a majority of buyers. The CVT pleased several of our editors with its smooth and responsive performance, while others felt it made the engine seem noisier under hard acceleration. The suspension here is biased toward ride comfort, though handling doesn't suffer all that much for it. On the highway, the Altima's ride quality never feels harsh or busy, and wind and road noise are muted.

The V6-powered 3.5 SR is another matter altogether, with strong acceleration that's better complemented by the CVT than the rather unrefined six-speed manual. This powertrain, combined with the sport-tuned suspension and precise steering, makes this model the best choice for driving enthusiasts.

Interior

Inside, the 2012 Nissan Altima's passenger cabin offers top-quality materials and attractive, if a bit plain, styling. Up front, Altima coupes feature nicely bolstered sport seats in place of the sedan's flatter front buckets. Both the Altima coupe and sedan offer a bit less rear-seat head- and legroom than some of their competitors, though it's really only an issue in the coupe and even then there's enough space to squeeze in a couple of adults for a short trip.

Gauges and controls are simple and uncomplicated, even when it comes to the available navigation system. Most other top family sedans have caught up to the Altima in regards to technology features, though the Altima still has an impressive collection, including its hard-drive-based navigation system and Bluetooth streaming audio.

Sedan models have a good-size trunk with 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Altima coupes buyers will have to make do with a significantly smaller 8.2-cubic-foot cargo hold.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Nissan Altima.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

So Far So Good
cgt79,07/18/2011
Picked up a 2.5S Sedan over the weekend, and so far we love it! Other than an issue with getting XM (see below) we have no complaints. The car has very good performance for a 4-cylinder, has plenty of power for passing accelerates to speed well. The CVT transmission is what sold the car to my wife (Primary Driver), smooth and very responsive The interior is very comfortable for all sizes (I am 6' and my wife is 5'2.). Trunk is very large, and includes and optional emergency kit (Jumper Cables, flashlight, basic tools and a warning triangle) as well as a first aid kit. Ride is smooth with very little road noise. Too early to comment on gas mileage, will update once we have driven more.
2012 Altima 3.5 SR
wikoli,08/20/2012
Lucked out, got 6K off msrp on a fully loaded '12 3.5 SR incl. tech pkg. (nav). Was sitting on dealer's lot for 2 weeks with a "sold" sign, but deal fell through. Last '12 on their lot. Impressive initial quality, flawless fit and finish (silver) and interior quality. Kudos to the folks at the Smyrna, TN plant. Driver's seat not as good as '13 "NASA" seat, but is fine. Brakes not as good as wife's previous '10 CX-7 GT, but acceptable. V6 & CVT good match w/ good power. 26 mpg on first tank (hand calculated), not bad, better than the CX-7. Handling is great, steering is heavy on hwy. but tracks well and lightens up in low speed driving. This is a completely different car from the 2.5 models.
Dim Headlights
tsgttony,12/06/2012
I have bought this car back in September, I discovered that the headlights are quite dim. no where bright as my old 2009 Subaru. I returned to the dealer 2x in 2wks each time I was told there was nothing wrong. Complained to nissan headquarters they politely listened to my problem. I have offered to pay for a portion of the enhanced bulbs, but was told by the service manager that this model can not be upgraded. I considered purchasing brighter bulbs from Napa. Was told by Service manager that this would void the warranty, I am now awaiting a call from the GM, had I knowen how dim these lights were I would have never purchased this car, furthmore turn on the high beams is not much of an impro
Love the 3.5 SR
bill_in_sa,08/05/2011
I recently traded in my 2008 Altima Coupe 2.5S for the 2012 Altima Sedan 3.5 SR. Quite honestly I loved the coupe, it had every option except the navigation, but from an interior size point of view it was inconvenient. It was uncomfortable for adults to sit in the back. So I decided to look into the sedan and ended up purchasing the 3.5 SR with every option, including the navigation system. With a 270 HP engine, it has plenty of power for passing or merging on to the highway. It has a comfortable ride and very good handling and is spacious. The trunk space is huge (especially compared to the coupe). One thing that my 10 year old son pointed out is the interior is very quiet.
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Features & Specs

MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
175 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
270 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
175 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Acceptable
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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