Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Altima Hybrid

nissan altima hybrid 2012

The Nissan Altima is already a favorite among mid-sized sedans, but it gained even more points with a lot of car buyers with the option to buy a 2012 Nissan Altima Hybrid. Though the four-cylinder Nissan Altima was already rated at 23 MPG in the city and 32 on the highway, the hybrid model would bring those numbers up even more for better fuel efficiency in a reliable car that’s also a lot of fun to drive.

Key Features

The CVT (continuously variable transmission) is one of the key features on any Altima, and the hybrid model is no exception to the rule. The CVT works so seamlessly and efficiently that it even further lowers emissions than the gas-electric motor does on its own. Plus, you can switch it into “sport” mode for a faster, more engaged feel while you drive.

Changes for 2012

No new hybrid technology was introduced between 2011 and 2012, but the Altima did start offering hands-free Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, as well as an enhanced stereo and infotainment center with some packages.

What We Like

Everyone loves passing by gas stations instead of having to stop to fill up, and with its great fuel economy, you can do just that with the Altima Hybrid. We also like that it still feels sporty and quick, even though it has slightly less power than the regular four-cylinder model.

What Concerns Us

The only thing that really concerns us with the Altima Hybrid is that it has been discontinued. While you will currently have no trouble getting parts and service for this vehicle, that may not be the case in the future unless the model is reintroduced in Nissan’s line.

Available Models

You can get the 2012 Altima Hybrid in a few different trim packages, but you’ll have only one choice for your engine:

  • Engine – 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 40 HP electric motor
  • Power – 158 HP
  • Torque – 199 lb-ft
  • Fuel Economy (MPG city/highway) – 35/33

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls for the 2012 Nissan Altima Hybrid.

Common Issues

Because it has less power and torque than the regular Altima, some drivers report issues with difficulty accelerating up hills. You can easily find out if this is going to be an issue by taking one for a test drive.

nissan altima hybrid 2012 interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...


Related questions

Q: buying for 22,000.00

That is a very tough question to answer without being able to see the vehicle first hand. That is a lot of miles, but if it was mostly highway miles, that isn't so bad. If it was a lot of...

Q: Coolant temperature increase, service hybrid light on

Hello. If the coolant is getting hotter than normal it will also affect the hybrid system. If the coolant is low then this will occur. If the coolant level is fine then it is more than likely a weak water...

Q: Key light is on and car starts but dash lights won't come on

Hi Aaron. Thanks for contacting us today. We're a bit confused by the issues you're having based on the input we've received. If the vehicle will start, but when you shift into gear the car doesn't move, it's likely that...