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2013 Nissan Altima Gets Five-Star NCAP Crash-Test Rating

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2013 Nissan Altima

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With all eyes turned to the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Nissan has quietly announced that its all-new 2013 Nissan Altima has been awarded a 5-star overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its New car Assessment Program (NCAP)

Awarded top marks for both frontal crash and side crash protection, the 2013 Altima was given a 4-star rating for rollover protection.

Fitted with a raft of safety features as standard, including driver and passenger seat airbags, front and curtain airbags and vehicle dynamic control, the 2013 Altima starts at $21,500.

Opt for the 2.5-liter, dual overhead cam, inline 4-cylinder engine, and you should expect a gas mileage of 27 mpg city, and 38 mpg highway, while the larger 3.5-liter engine will give you 22mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

While the 2013 Altima has been given its official NHTSA NCAP rating, it has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

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  1. Wow that is at 25% hit to fuel efficiency for buying the six cylinder.

    But at 38 MPG highway for the 4 banger, that is quite respectable for a car that size.
     
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  2. But doesn't the Fusion hybrid (47mpg) beat it by 9 mpg on the hwy?

    On the hwy, the hybrid usually don't add significant amount of fuel advantage. In this case, Fusion hybrid is 23% better.
     
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  3. OK, twist my arm and I will say hybrids are better :)

    In all seriousness you have a very good point. The Fusion hybrid starts at $27,000 which might be similar to the Altima depending on the equipment. They are both midsized cars, so it seems a fitting comparison.

    I guess I was reacting to the fact that the Toyota Corolla only gets 34 MPG highway and it is a smaller car. Guess that may say more about Toyota's weakness in that vehicle than anything else.
     
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  4. Well, some of the hwy ratings are heavily impacted by the "gearing ratio" or the final drive ratio of the engine. With "higher number of gears", you can sacrifice performance by giving it a really high ratio for MPG. Then "downshift" quickly as you need more mpg. So, the mpg will significantly vary based on how you drive...

    It is a "trick" that many auto makers use to have "better" MPG than what you will get in the "real world".
     
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