Nissan announced prices today for its 2012 Altima midsize sedan and coupe. Heading into its sixth model year, the base Altima 2.5 sedan will anchor the lineup with a starting price of $20,410 — a $170 price increase over the 2011 model.
Featuring a standard 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 170-horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, the Altima sedan comes exclusively with Nissan’s continuously variable automatic transmission. That combination is good for EPA rating of 23/32 city/highway mpg.
Stepping up to the 2.5S sedan will add $2160 to the price tag but provides drivers with Nissan’s Intelligent Key that can open door locks and start the car without having to take it out of your pocket as well as aesthetic trim pieces. At the top of the Altima sedan lineup is the 3.5SR with a 3.5-liter version of Nissan’s venerable VQ V6 that supplies 270-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. It starts at $25,430, a $320 price increase from 2011.
The Altima 2.5S coupe comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and starts at $23,600 while the CVT comes as a $500 option. Coupes with the 3.5-liter engine start at $28,430 with the CVT, and the top-of-the-line six-speed manual 3.5SR model is priced at $30,670, a $220 price increase.
New for 2012 is the $490 Value Package that comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, auto on/off headlight, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver as well as a new optional color, Dark Slate.
Finally, as we reported, Nissan has discontinued its Hybrid model for 2012, but 2011 models can still be priced out on Nissan’s website.
Note: Prices do not include Nissan’s $760 destination charge.