2013 Nissan Altima: The Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Car You Can Buy

Follow Nikki

Featuring some pretty nifty fuel-saving technology, like its redesigned continuously variable transmission and Easy Fill Tire Alert System, the 2013 Nissan Altima has always promised to be a green car. 

But now it’s official: according to the EPA, the 2013 Nissan Altima is the most fuel-efficient gasoline mid-size car you can buy. 

At least, when specified with the 4-cylinder 2.5-liter, dual overhead cam engine instead of the larger, thirstier 3.5-liter V-6. 

Now certified by the EPA, the 2013 Nissan Altima gets 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined, placing it just ahead of cars like the 2013 Chevy Malibu eAssist. 

Due in dealerships any day now -- and already available to pre-order online -- the more fuel-efficient 4-liter variant of the 2013 Nissan Altima comes with a choice of four different trim levels, while the V-6 engined Altima comes with a choice of three trim levels. 

Expect to pay around $21,500 for the base-level 2.5-liter Altima, while the higher-end 2.5-liter SL will set you back a little over $28,000. 

For that price though, you’ll get some nifty toys to keep you and your passengers happy on long trips, plus Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection systems to help keep you safe.

Missing at the moment is a hybrid option for this fifth-generation Nissan Altima, something that is likely to remain absent until at least 2014. It’s worth noting however, that Nissan has yet to confirm if or when the hybrid variant will return. 

For now then, if you want a fuel-efficient mid-size car that isn’t a hybrid, the 2013 Nissan Altima is tough to beat. 


Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Us

Comments (13)
  1. The title seems to be a major fail.

    The most Fuel Efficient mid-size car (according to the EPA) is the Toyota Prius, by a wide margin. 50 mpg versus 31 mpg for the Altima.

  2. The Altima wins for non-hybrid cars :)

  3. Did make me wonder if there are any mid-size plugin cars yet.

  4. 2012 VW Passat TDI (diesel) - EPA rated 31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined. Owners reporting to Fuelly.com are averaging 40.1 mpg.

    Mid sized, and not a hybrid :-)

  5. Sorry, compact car by EPA standard and I think the numbers are 31 city 42 highway.

    Still pretty impressive.

  6. Fueleconomy.gov says the 2012 Passat TDI is mid size and EPA rated 31/43/35 mpg.

    EPA mid sized is 110-119 cubic feet of combined passenger and cargo volume. At 102 + 16 = 118 cubic feet, the 2012 Passat is mid sized.

  7. My bad, I had the Jetta TDI, you are right.

  8. I think safety and reliability are more important than fuel economy.

    Consumer reports, which reports yearly in the April issue, the compiled frequency of repairs on most cars, and shows the TDI as better than the Non TDI Passat, which is a MUCH WORSE THAN AVERAGE repair history, whereas the TDI Passat shows as just WORSE THAN AVERAGE. since it's still pretty new, really not enough time for the problems to show up.
    I point this out as a automotive tech for almost 50 years, and I usually try to discourage my customers from buying cars that are high maintenance & prone to problems like VW's are.

  9. The prius is hardly a mid size car.....I'd wager its a bit smaller than the Altima or any car in that class.

  10. @Henry: Actually, the Toyota Prius IS classified as a mid-size car by the EPA based on its interior volume.

  11. If you can't count the Prius or the Fusion or the Camry or the Sonata, then you can't count the Chevy E-Assist cars either.

  12. It stated Fuel Efficient Gasoline Engine. The Passat TDI runs on Diesel.

  13. I am getting around 40 city, 52 hwy in my 2012 Passat tdi. If I keep the car around 60 on a long 2 lane highway, I can get 55mpg. I have a hard time getting excited about 27/38 in an Altima. Can't wait for a US or Japanese automaker to build a diesel hybrid sport ute or quad cab pick up. I bet those would sell like crazy.

Commenting is closed for old articles.

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you

Find Green Cars


© 2015 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by High Gear Media. Send us feedback. Stock photography by izmo, Inc.