THE 2012 NISSAN ALTIMA 3.5 SR SEDAN REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: A Practical Performance Sedan
For buyers looking for that perfect balance between practicality and performance, the 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR sedan offers plenty of both in a surprisingly affordable price range. The powerful V6 engine produces 270 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just seven seconds, an excellent time for this automotive segment. Overall, the Nissan Altima 3.5 SR is an exceptional blend of affordability, superior fuel economy, and high-octane performance in a sleek and reliable automotive package.
Under the hood
The Nissan Altima 3.5 SR sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This powerhouse generates 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and delivers that motivating power to the front wheels through the continuously variable-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual. This combination is capable of going from 0 to 60 in just 7.0 seconds, an outstanding time for this class. The Altima 3.5 SR offers good fuel economy at 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. (Check annual fuel costs for the 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Sedan). Antilock brakes are standard along with traction and stability control systems.
Inside the cabin
The 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR sedan is nicely equipped with keyless entry and ignition, heated side mirrors, air conditioning, a power-adjustable driver seat, power windows, locks and mirrors, and Bluetooth interface. A basic six-speaker CD stereo system is also included in the standard equipment for the 3.5 SR. Optional features for the 3.5 SR sedan include leather upholstery, sunroof, fog lights, upgraded dual-zone automatic climate control, and a premium Bose stereo system with iPod, auxiliary inputs, and nine speakers for full stereo sound. A high-tech navigation system is also available with digital music storage for added entertainment choices.
On the road
The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces plenty of low-end torque and horsepower to take on the road in style. The 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR delivers responsive handling and acceleration to create an exceptional driving experience at a remarkably low price. Above-average fuel economy adds to the appeal of this already impressive midsize sedan.
The 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR sedan is an unlikely performance vehicle, but this sleek entry in the Nissan lineup delivers superior acceleration and power for most driving challenges. Elegant and spacious, this sedan offers the perfect blend of performance and practicality for buyers at a price most can afford.
Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower & Torque: 270 hp/258 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed manual or continuously variable-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 20/27
0 to 60: 7.0 seconds
Base MSRP: $25,570
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