2012 Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
vs. 2012 Volvo
S60 T5

2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

9.7

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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Moon roof
Standard
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Good range in the city
400 miles
2012 Volvo S60 T5

9.4

Runner-up

Volvo S60 T5

starting from

$31,850

Reasons to buy the Volvo S60 T5

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Average number of gears
6
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Winner: Altima 3.5 SR
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Altima 3.5 SR's standard sun roof
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Winner: S60 T5
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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
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Good highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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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
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Altima 3.5 SR's standard sun roof
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Cost

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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MSRP $29,190 vs $31,850 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The S60 T5'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 T5's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Altima 3.5 SR's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs Unknown
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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 Unknown

Safety Features

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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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

Performance

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 250 HP @ 5,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The S60 T5 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 T5's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The S60 T5'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 14.2 lb/hp The Altima 3.5 SR is a sporty car, while the S60 T5 is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 37.1 ft

Practicality

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Altima 3.5 SR
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2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 540 miles vs 534 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 8.2 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 The S60 T5 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 T5 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 T5
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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 4
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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
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Volvo
S60 T5
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 8
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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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 Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2011 Toyota Corolla S Altima 2.5 vs Corolla S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Altima 2.5 S vs Impala LS
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Altima 2.5 S vs Elantra Limited
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2012 Volvo S60 T5 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SE S60 T5 vs Passat 2.5L SE
2012 Volvo S60 T6 2011 Honda Accord EX S60 T6 vs Accord EX
2012 Volvo S60 T5 2012 Volkswagen CC Sport S60 T5 vs CC Sport
2012 Volvo S60 T5 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport S60 T5 vs C300 Sport

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