While the 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe is only available in two models, you can hardly go wrong in choosing either one. It’s like choosing between a good IPA and a great Red Ale – you’re going to like either one. Both the 2.5 S and the 3.5 SR have extremely sporty and luxurious exterior looks, as well as great engineering under the hood. The 2.5 S starts at $23,780, while the 3.5 SR begins at $28,710. This is a very reasonable price, considering what you’ll be getting. In fact, test drivers had very little negative comments about the 2012 Altima Coupe. The one complaint was that there is less room for backseat passengers than in other cars in its class.
Through sheer engineering, the manufacturers were able to allow both models obtain 32 MPG highway and 23 in-town, while powered by either a 175 horsepower 4-ylinder engine, or a 270 horsepower V6 manual transmission. Nissan engineers have even “field-tested” the Altima Coupe for durability in extreme conditions. In their tests, they put the car under 266 light bulbs reaching a total temperature around the car of around 128 degrees Fahrenheit. The Altima Coupe stood up to the test, proving that even when you’re making that god-forsaken trip to Vegas during the middle of the day on a roasting July day, you’ll be able to enjoy the air conditioning without fear of your engine overheating. The 6-speed manual transmission also comes with Continuously Variable Transmission, which transfers the optimal amount of power to each wheel as the driver accelerates. The independent front and rear suspensions also show that this is a vehicle designed not only for comfort of ride, but for sheer agility, if need be. It’s equipped with a multi-link rear suspension and stabilizers on both the front and rear suspension that add to assisting with the transfer of energy on turns and curves.
With luxurious leather seating (and even bucket front seating) and a sleek interior, you’ll love stepping foot inside your new 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe each and every time you do it. It has various steering-wheel-mounted controls that allow you to keep your attention to driving, even while raising or lowering the volume, adjusting cruise control or changing radio stations. The steering wheel is also adjustable and can be raised or lowered, or even pulled out or pushed in on various settings. Both models also come standard with heated front seats with power-adjustable settings. Unfortunately, the rear seats are not heated and there isn’t as much legroom in the rear as some of the other cars in the same class. Essentially, one of the only negative things about this car is the comfort – or lack thereof – of your backseat passengers, unless they are children.
Highly innovative technology. Those words best describe the GPS navigation/music player screen installed on the center of the dash of both models. By using either touch-screen controls, or an advanced voice-recognition system, the computer will allow you to find anywhere by an address or business type, provide detours around traffic jams, and update you with the latest worldwide news on the XM satellite radio. This same screen is attached to a camera in the rear of the car, which then portrays a video of what’s behind you on the screen, every time you reverse.
Safety was also a top priority, as these cars are equipped with 6-standard air bags, as well as Active Head Restraints, ensuring the utmost safety of driver and passengers. The head restraints essentially eliminate whiplash. Vehicle Dynamic Control automatically corrects over or under-steering in near-collisions as well as helps apply the appropriate power to individual wheels during the event of a skid during wet or icy conditions.
Overall, the 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe is not only a great-looking vehicle, but also a functional drive that won’t let you down. Best of all, it’s affordable. So go to your nearest Nissan dealer today and test-drive one for yourself. After all, you only really know what a car is like after you drive it yourself.