2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (889)


This week we’re looking at the 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S. If you would like to look at all models for Nissan, take a look at the link noted below. The Altima is Nissan’s midsize sedan and coupe and Nissan’s best-selling car. The Nissan Altima was first introduced in 1992, replacing the Stanza for the 1993 model year. A totally redesigned, second-generation Altima was introduced for the 1998 model year. The larger third-generation Nissan Altima went on sale for the 2002 model year, and for 2005 the Altima received additional interior and exterior upgrades. For 2007 an all-new fourth-generation Altima arrived with distinctive styling and is built on the new Nissan “D” platform with improved body rigidity and a redesigned suspension. For 2008, a coupe version of the Altima was added to the lineup.

This link will take you to Nissan’s entire lineup of cars and SUV’s and Trucks.



The epidemic is here. It is a growing wave on pain inflicted on all people who have and those who have not by those who believe it is their right to take what little you do have. Yes it is a growing epidemic of THEFT.

Some suggestions you will hear and must take heed of include:

  • ·       Never leave your car with anything in sight in the car. I don’t even suggest you leave stuff in the trunk. Take it with you or park your car in a protected area.

o   Thieves will brake your windows and be in and out in less than a minute. They avoid the alarm systems by not opening the doors.

  • ·       Park in well lighted and secure patrolled lots and garages.

o   When in Europe and particularly Eastern Europe it was a common understanding that you park your car in fenced, walled, locked and patrolled facilities. That fact is coming to America.

o   Remember when you didn’t lock your doors to the house and you didn’t have to look for your car keys because you’d leave them in the ignition.

  • ·       At the Supermarket be aware of people before walking to your car.

o   The word is that women exiting the market are being held up for purses and jewelry.

Perhaps the worst part of being violated is that you carry that with you for a very long time. Me, I think gun laws in California should be more like 39 of our other states where law abiding citizens have the right to carry a gun and protect themselves. You can bet your ass the bad guys have them.

You may not agree but when (not if) you are facing danger you’ll have a change of mind. I have a police officer retired friend who always had his wife carry a small caliber hand gun in her purse. Cops know the dangers out there and use ‘common sense’ to protect themselves here in the Golden State of California.

Handling & Performance:

No complaints with the power or handling. And the fuel economy will be an important factor today and in the future. We can only expect increased cost of gasoline.


Most of today’s cars are middle of the road. But Nissan has a flair for odd like the cube and its exciting Z coupe and Roadster, which is one of the more memorable sport cars you will have the pleasure of driving.

Fit and Finish:

Nissan quality is standard equipment.


Excellent pricing. Nissan has average prices of $15,000 to $35,000 and a top priced GT-R Coupe at $90,000 and low of $10,000. Literally there is a car for every need.

Conveniences and comfort:

Perhaps the convenience I think of most these days is the intelligent key and push button ignition feature that is getting more common. I recommend including that on your next car. Of course there are expected things like 2-DC outlets, sun visors with mirrors, map lights, cup holders, arm rests front and rear and bottle holders and storage pockets, etc.

Consumer Recommendation:

Take a look and you’ll see Nissan covers most all needs in automotive transportation –http://www.nissanusa.com/buildyournissan/?fromSav=true

Recognized Competition:

Nissan Altima $23,000, Buick LaCrosse $30,000, Buick Verano $23,000, Chevrolet Malibu $22,000, Chrysler 200 $27,000, Chrysler Sebring $20,000, Dodge Avenger $19,000, Dodge Charger $26,000, Ford Fusion $20,000, Honda Accord $21,000,  Hyundai Sonata $19,000, Kia Optima $19,000, Mazda 6 $20,000, Mitsubishi Galant $22,000, Subaru Legacy $20,000, Suzuki Kizashi $19,000, Toyota Camry $20,000, Volkswagen Jetta $15,000, Volkswagen Passat $19,000.

Good News:

Well priced, great fuel economy, perfect family / commuter.

Bad News:

Nothing worth mentioning.

Standard Equipment:

2.5 liter 175 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, independent front & rear suspension, power 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, 16 inch steel wheels, front, side and roof mounted air bags, LATCH child anchors, & safety rear locks & electronic brake force distribution, traction and vehicle dynamic controls, tire pressure monitor, security system with immobilizer system, cloth seating, 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt & telescopic steering column, cruise control, speed sensitive intermittent wipers, audio with 6 speakers, trip computer, air conditioning, intelligent key and push button ignition, power windows and locks, power mirrors and solar glass.

Gas Stats:

$3.65/ Gal avg. November 21, 2011


for more information.

23 City and 32 Highway MPG


MSRP $22,570.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@atthewheel.com
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