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The 2013 Nissan Altima looks to take MPG crown from unreleased 2013 Ford Fusion

It's impossible to miss the fact that some of the hybrid vehicles on the roads today aren't offering a huge increase in fuel economy over the new breed of much more efficient traditional vehicles. Nissan is proving that with its new 2013 Altima which gets impressive fuel economy courtesy of a redesigned 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. 
Nissan promises 38 mpg on the highway from the 2.5-liter engine. The Altima is a midsize sedan that will start at $21,500 in 2.5 trim. For those that want a little more power at the expense of fuel economy, the 3.5-liter V6 models start at $25,360.
"In a segment as critical as this, with longtime nameplates and new challengers fighting for every sale, it's not enough to just target the competition. You have to think outside – and far above – the segment," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "We created the new Altima to set a clearly recognized benchmark for many years to come."

The Altima is available with Advanced Drive-Assist Display and Bose premium audio. The car comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calls and can be had with driver assistance technology such as Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and more. This new Altima is one of five all new models that Nissan will be introducing over the next 15 months.
The 2013 Altima also comes equipped with the oddly named “zero-gravity seats” which are designed to help reduce muscular and spinal loads and improve blood flow. The idea according to Nissan is to reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel.

The 2.5-liter QR25 engine in the new Altima includes variable valve timing on intake camshafts to help make the torque curve flatter. The engine also has new thermoplastic resin intake manifold allowing for more power. The engine has 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.
The fuel economy numbers for the QR25 are preliminary, so we’ll have to wait a while before the official numbers come down. BMW was quick to the gun to tout 36 mpg highway on its all-new 2012 328i, but then got smacked down by the EPA. BMW now has to shows an EPA highway rating of 33 mpg.
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder in the 2013 Ford Fusion is rated for 37 mpg on the highway.

Sources: VW Vortex, Autoblog

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By geddarkstorm on 4/3/2012 1:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
Pssh, I'm holding out for the 2015 model with innovative duct tape attachments.

By Qapa on 4/3/2012 7:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
The MacGyver version then? :)

(I hope, most can still understand this one...)

By Souka on 4/3/2012 11:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
has new thermoplastic resin intake manifold allowing for more power

So how does this "allow for more power"?

Also...this just seems like something that'll crack in about 8-10 years.... seems like anyhow.

By jRaskell on 4/4/2012 8:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
Thermoplastic intakes are nothing new. GM has been using them on their Corvette engines for nearly 2 decades now (and they have been used on racing engines long before that), and a 10 year old intake is just as good as a brand new one.

And the power increase is a result of the composite intakes having less heat soak from the engine itself, thus keeping the air a bit cooler going into the combustion chambers. Cooler intake charge = more power. We may only be talking a couple horsepower here, but in today's age, that's about all you're going to get from any single minor modification to an engine design.

By Dr of crap on 4/4/2012 9:31:17 AM , Rating: 2
My 2006 Focus has, for lack of what it really is, what appears to be plastic intake manifold.

By YashBudini on 4/4/2012 1:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
Chrysler also uses them. It's becoming quite common.

I wonder how long before intake manifolds are stamped "Made by Mattel."

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