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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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I guess that's a good number if...
By Boingo Twang on 4/3/2012 4:45:41 PM , Rating: 2 only drive on the highway which means you live, work and eat only directly off freeway exit ramps. Combined MPG is the real meaningful number because that's how people actually drive.

RE: I guess that's a good number if...
By Spuke on 4/3/2012 4:50:48 PM , Rating: 3
My car is rated at 19/28 and I get 28.

RE: I guess that's a good number if...
By Boingo Twang on 4/3/2012 5:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
Under what conditions? If you live in a cold place and drive in the winter I find that somewhat hard to believe. I'm currently getting 35 average on my car that is rated at 37 highway but the cold weather has passed for the most part.

RE: I guess that's a good number if...
By Spuke on 4/3/2012 5:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
27.7 mpg to be exact. I HAD an app that I used to keep track of my fill ups and miles driven between tanks. It would average the mpg info for me and graph it. I had VERY little variation if I just tracked the commutes. This is year round, all weather (I live in SoCal and we don't get any extreme weather), mostly flat with some small, rolling hills, mostly "freeway". There are about 8 stops so my average speed is pretty low (in the 40 mph range) even though I top out at 65 mph on the "freeway" portions. Mileage goes down if I take the actual freeway but only by 1 mpg on average.

My best is 33 mpg which was I able to repeat 3 times on that same commute but that's with not much boost (I have a DI turbo 4 cyl engine) and no actual freeway driving on the commute. Not much fun driving like that and I only gained another day of driving.

By Spuke on 4/3/2012 5:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
The temps can get into the low 20's in the winter but will rise to the mid 50's. Never saw a difference in fuel economy though.

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