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2012 Nissan Altima Coupe: Known as a driver’s car among Denver journalists

2012 Nissan Altima Coupe
2012 Nissan Altima Coupe

The Nissan Altima has been known among Denver automotive journalists as a driver's car. This 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe excels at extreme handling situations and seems to connect with the driver in an almost intimate way. Best known in Denver as a midsize sedan, Altima is also available as a coupe model. We’ll be test driving the 2012 Altima Coupe 3.5 SR this week.

While the Altima coupe is a good-looking automobile, there’s much more to its appeal. The V-6-powered 3.5 SR package that this Denver tester came with has 270 horsepower, and a firmer suspension that makes this Altima feel more like an expensive sport coupe.

Altima was last redesigned for the 2007 model year and the the coupe was introduced for 2008. Altima was revised inside and out two years ago in 2010. The cabin of the 2012 Altima Coupe is definitely comfortable with leather seats, steering wheel, and heated front driver and passenger seats.

The overall fit and finish inside the Altima Coupe is very good and competitive for the class. The leather upholstery feels rich, and soft materials are used in places like padded armrests. The 2012 Altima Coupe’s cabin is roomy and comfortable up front, but the rear seat is best suited for smaller kids or packages.

The 2012 Altima Coupe 3.5 SR features the V-6 and a choice of manual ($30,760) or CVT ($28,430). The CVT version is equipped like the SR sedan but also gets driver-seat lumbar adjustment, sunroof, fog lights, and P235/45R18 tires.

This six-speed manual version was better equipped, adding leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Bose stereo, USB port, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless cell phone link, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, universal garage door opener, and xenon headlights.

Click here and we’ll get underneath the sporty exterior of the Altima Coupe, check out the 3.5-liter V-6 with the six-speed manual transmission and take it on Denver’s roads for a test drive.


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