2012 Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
vs. 2012 Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design

2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

10.0

starting from

$43,150

Reasons to buy the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

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Average number of gears
6
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

9.6

starting from

$29,190

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good range in the city
400 miles
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Good range on the highway
540 miles
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Winner: S60 T6 R-Design
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Winner: S60 T6 R-Design
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the S60 T6 R-Design
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  • Child door locks come standard
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  • Both provide sporty handling
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Altima 3.5 SR
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 10.0

Cost

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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MSRP $29,190 vs $43,150 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 18 mpg The Altima 3.5 SR has OK city mileage, while the S60 T6 R-Design is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The S60 T6 R-Design's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Altima 3.5 SR's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The S60 T6 R-Design's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Altima 3.5 SR's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the S60 T6 R-Design

Safety Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 325 HP @ 6,500 RPM The S60 T6 R-Design is fairly powerful, but the Altima 3.5 SR is not far behind
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The S60 T6 R-Design has an OK number of gears, while the Altima 3.5 SR has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The S60 T6 R-Design's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The S60 T6 R-Design's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The S60 T6 R-Design's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Altima 3.5 SR is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 39.0 ft

Practicality

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 540 miles vs 463 miles The Altima 3.5 SR has good highway range and the S60 T6 R-Design is reasonable
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Cargo space 8.2 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 The S60 T6 R-Design has OK cargo room, while the Altima 3.5 SR has very little
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front seats 49.3 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 The S60 T6 R-Design has average-sized front seats, while the Altima 3.5 SR is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Altima 3.5 SR's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the S60 T6 R-Design
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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S60 T6 R-Design
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Altima 3.5 SR

Road Tests

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 5.5 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 100 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 133 mph

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Volvo
S60 T6 R-Design
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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