2013 Nissan Altima Comes Back Down to Earth with Latest Fuel Economy Comparo

By Jacob Brown | September 03, 2012
The last time Nissan got us thinking about the 2013 Altima's fuel economy, it was in regards to how much fuel it would take to get to Mars. Obviously a nod to the the space shuttle and Curiosity rover making their way to the red planet that week, Nissan wanted to make the its fuel economy more palatable versus its competitors. But with such long distances, it lost us somewhere in orbit. Now, the automaker is coming back with its 38-mpg highway number in a much easier to understand infographic. On a roadtrip from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles and back, Nissan mulls how much it will cost for each of the class' top midsize sedans to travel 5,350 miles at a cost of $3.776 per gallon. As someone who has completed that trip one-way, the whole thing actually hits pretty close to home for me. The 2013 Nissan Altima comes up in first place with just $532 spent while the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima all tie for a distant second with $577. They achieve 3 mpg less than the Altima on the highway.
Nissan is very proud of the Altima's fuel economy, and rightfully so. With the exception of murmurs of the 2013 Honda Accord achieving similar numbers, the 2013 Nissan Altima achieves the best fuel economy of any car in its class, excluding diesels and hybrids. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder also puts out a decent middle-of-the-pack figure of 182 horsepower. But with the compact, lightweight continuously variable automatic transmission the Altima uses, it's able to use its powerband more efficiently and generate class-leading four-cylinder acceleration to 60 mph. It doesn't hurt that the car slipstreams through the air pretty well, too. In city driving, the 2013 Nissan Altima is rated at 27 mpg. Nissan has a tendency of milking its pluses for as long as it can, likely because it's often so hard to ignore. We just wonder what sort of infographic it's going to come out with next, comparing all of its Altima generations side by side to show its fuel economy progression? Source: Nissan