― The Altima is Nissan's most important vehicle in its lineup. The 2012 Nissan Altima is ready to be phased out by the incoming 2013 model. The Altima competes against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, VW Passat, Dodge Avenger, and the Chrysler 200. This is the first Altima I have been in since I drove the 2010 Altima 2.5 SL coupe. My tester was the 2.5 S trim coming in at $26,265. ∙ Exterior ∙ The 2012 Altima is definitely showing its age. While the Altima [...].