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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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remove the bloat
By undummy on 4/3/2012 11:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
Its about time that automakers quit making cars heavier from year to year. Newer models are getting lighter.

The new Altima is 50-100lbs lighter when compared to similarly equipped earlier versions.
The CVT has a wider gear range. That alone will improve MPG if they can keep the RPM down when cruising on the highway. The CVT also has reduced friction from previous years. I hope that the tech is adapted across the product range. I haven't seen a really good MPG Sentra since the early 90's.
That composite intake is variable. This should help improve the low end torque since the CVT will be lugging that 2.5 as much as possible.
The newer Altima will have less wind drag also.

So, 36mpg highway is no big deal. I get that from my '99 Altima and '04 Camry. We're finally catching up to MPG from the past, before most vehicles turned into overweight slobs.

Even though I want manual transmissions, the gearing in the past decade for 4cylinder vehicles has been absolutely HORRIBLE. Bring back the gearing from the late 80's and early 90's when the overdrive actually was an overdrive.

Mazda, Hyundai, Toyota, Subara.... and most automakers are putting their vehicles on DIETS. Its about time.

RE: remove the bloat
By macca007 on 4/4/2012 3:36:07 AM , Rating: 2
They are getting heavier because they have to comply with silly safety standards which are on the verge of becoming overkill, Who knows maybe our grandkids cars will have a collision sensor that inflates an airbag that encircles the entire car just before impact! o.O
The more saftey features they add the more sense of false security it gives to some drivers out there, Which means some will take a little more risk each time. Now if we all had flimsy cars AND trucks that would likely kills us on impact like a motorbike, Maybe we would all be too shit scared to be zooming around everywhere thus saving petrol two fold by not speeding and flimsy light weight cars!
I could be wrong, See so many temporary citizens out there hooning on bikes.
But yeah totally agree with you, Time to reduce weight on cars some more, I would say last BIG improvement was moving from cast iron engine blocks to alloy blocks which was about a 40% reduction in weight and also improved handling(less weight on front wheels). I wouldn't say moving from metal panels to plastic bumpers/panels is an improvement so I won't mention it for weight reduction even though it would also contribute. lol

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