2012 Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
vs. 2012 Volvo
S60 T5

2012 Volvo S60 T5

10.0

Winner

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
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

8.9

starting from

$23,330

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 2.5 S

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic range in the city
460 miles
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Very spacious front seats
57.7 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2012 Volvo S60 T5 Winner: S60 T5
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the S60 T5's power seats; not available on the Altima 2.5 S
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
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
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Altima 2.5 S
Overall 10.0 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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S60 T5
2012 Volvo S60 T5
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the S60 T5's power seats; not available on the Altima 2.5 S
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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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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
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MSRP $31,850 vs $23,330 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 23 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The S60 T5's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Altima 2.5 S's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The S60 T5's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Altima 2.5 S's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 8.3 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 129 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.5 s @ 87 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.75 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes 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

Crash Test Ratings

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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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Horsepower 250 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 5,600 RPM The S60 T5 is of average power, but the Altima 2.5 S is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The S60 T5 has an OK number of gears, while the Altima 2.5 S has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The S60 T5's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None 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 14.2 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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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 37.1 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 534 miles vs 640 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 12.0 ft3 vs 15.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 57.7 ft3 The Altima 2.5 S has very spacious front seats, and the S60 T5 is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The S60 T5's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Altima 2.5 S
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Altima 2.5 S'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 4 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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S60 T5
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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Altima 2.5 S

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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2011 Toyota Corolla S Altima 2.5 vs Corolla S
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2011 Mitsubishi Galant SE Altima 3.5 SR vs Galant SE
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Altima 2.5 S vs Impala LS
2012 Volvo S60 T6 2011 Honda Accord EX S60 T6 vs Accord EX
2012 Volvo S60 T5 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SE S60 T5 vs Passat 2.5L SE
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2012 Volvo S60 T5 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport S60 T5 vs C300 Sport
2012 Volvo S60 T6 2011 Infiniti G37x S60 T6 vs G37x

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