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Ford Taurus vs. Nissan Altima MPG

Chart is based on 264 fuel economy reports for the Ford Taurus and 539 fuel economy reports for the Nissan Altima.

Ford Taurus MPG

Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2015 22.4 MPG Highway Percentage 74 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2014 27.8 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2013 19.5 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2013 22.3 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2012 24.3 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2011 24.4 MPG Highway Percentage 64 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2011 24.6 MPG Highway Percentage 64 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2011 18.2 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2010 21.2 MPG Highway Percentage 46 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2010 22.8 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2010 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2009 22.3 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2008 23.3 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2008 22.1 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2007 23.3 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2006 24.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2005 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2005 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2005 24.8 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2004 23.2 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2004 20.5 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2003 24.9 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2003 23.6 MPG Highway Percentage 82 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2002 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2001 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 49 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2001 21.5 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2000 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 2000 20.5 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr Sedan turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 0 26 74 70 22.4  
2014 4dr Sedan 288-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 5 25 70 75 27.8  
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 20 10 50 20 60 19.5  
2013 4dr Sedan 288-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat lead light 3 68 4 27 70 22.3  
2012 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med light 0 10 24 67 66 24.3  
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 4 6 26 64 74 24.4  
2011 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 5 6 26 64 71 24.6  
2011 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 20 0 27 53 62 18.2  
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 9 16 29 46 68 21.2  
2010 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 11 19 34 36 66 22.8  
2010 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 13 18 20 48 77 23.5  
2009 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
hills med hvy 20 40 0 40 68 22.3  
2008 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 6 18 29 47 66 23.3  
2008 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 41 31 11 17 100 22.1  
2007 4dr Sedan 153-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 18 18 40 25 70 23.3  
2006 4dr Sedan 153-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 6 19 31 43 69 24.4  
2005 4dr Wagon 153-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 10 10 70 10 60 22.0  
2005 4dr Sedan 201-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med none 0 40 30 30 60 24.2  
2005 4dr Sedan 153-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
hills light light 7 15 11 67 85 24.8  
2004 4dr Sedan 201-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 12 19 17 52 63 23.2  
2004 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
hills light none 15 0 55 30 75 20.5  
2003 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 11 13 23 53 75 24.9  
2003 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
hills light none 11 6 1 82 65 23.6  
2002 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 2 11 26 61 78 23.5  
2001 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 17 9 26 49 65 21.0  
2001 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
hills light none 5 10 55 30 65 21.5  
2000 4dr Wagon 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light hvy 0 0 10 90 70 24.0  
2000 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 8 21 15 56 81 20.5  

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Nissan Altima MPG

Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2015 27.7 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2015 30.4 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2014 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2014 34.1 MPG Highway Percentage 79 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2013 31.4 MPG Highway Percentage 73 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2013 32.2 MPG Highway Percentage 71 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2012 26.3 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2011 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2011 31.1 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2010 23.0 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2010 26.3 MPG Highway Percentage 49 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2010 37.2 MPG Highway Percentage 66 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2010 27.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2010 22.8 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2009 25.2 MPG Highway Percentage 22 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2009 27.2 MPG Highway Percentage 66 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2009 33.4 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2009 23.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2009 28.2 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2009 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 25.7 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 26.1 MPG Highway Percentage 73 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 27.4 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 34.1 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 22.8 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 22.8 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2008 25.5 MPG Highway Percentage 21 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2007 25.2 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2007 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2007 26.1 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2007 32.3 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2007 32.3 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2006 23.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2006 26.6 MPG Highway Percentage 73 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2006 26.5 MPG Highway Percentage 31 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2005 21.7 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2005 24.5 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2005 26.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2005 26.3 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2004 26.3 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2003 25.8 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2003 28.3 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2002 26.9 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2002 27.8 MPG Highway Percentage 77 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2002 35.7 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2002 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2001 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Nissan Altima Nissan Altima 2000 29.1 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light light 0 0 31 70 70 27.7  
2015 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
flat light light 3 39 14 44 67 30.4  
2014 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med none 5 5 10 80 75 25.0  
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
flat light hvy 4 1 16 79 68 34.1  
2013 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable CVT FWD
hills med light 13 7 7 73 70 31.4  
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
flat med none 0 5 24 71 77 32.2  
2012 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light none 7 13 13 67 65 26.3  
2011 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 25 25 10 40 80 21.4  
2011 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light light 2 3 5 90 75 31.1  
2010 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med hvy 11 11 33 44 70 23.0  
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light light 11 25 16 49 83 26.3  
2010 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light none 12 12 11 66 65 37.2  
2010 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light hvy 17 23 18 43 73 27.4  
2010 2dr Coupe 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light none 6 35 17 42 67 22.8  
2009 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 21 51 6 22 73 25.2  
2009 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 1 13 20 66 90 27.2  
2009 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat med none 50 0 0 50 60 33.4  
2009 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 0 0 20 80 75 23.0  
2009 2dr Coupe 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 9 11 22 58 74 28.2  
2009 2dr Coupe 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
hills lead none 5 5 5 85 100 23.5  
2008 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med none 8 13 26 53 75 25.7  
2008 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
flat med none 0 0 28 73 75 26.1  
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light light 7 13 12 67 74 27.4  
2008 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light light 5 21 39 35 62 34.1  
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 5 21 16 59 69 22.8  
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 4 33 27 35 71 22.8  
2008 2dr Coupe 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med none 4 38 38 21 64 25.5  
2007 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat light light 9 20 23 48 69 25.2  
2007 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
flat light none 33 17 17 33 100 24.7  
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
flat med light 9 24 21 47 80 26.1  
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 14 21 23 42 72 32.3  
2007 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light light 4 29 40 27 67 32.3  
2006 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 30 20 10 40 80 23.0  
2006 4dr Sedan 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 14 7 7 73 68 26.6  
2006 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
hills med light 5 43 21 31 87 26.5  
2005 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 3 62 15 20 80 21.7  
2005 4dr Sedan 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 4 34 19 44 68 24.5  
2005 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 10 80 0 10 60 26.0  
2005 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 11 18 15 56 80 26.3  
2004 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 4 13 26 57 64 26.3  
2003 4dr Sedan 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 23 25 15 37 67 25.8  
2003 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 4 8 19 70 64 28.3  
2002 4dr Sedan 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 5 0 5 90 70 26.9  
2002 4dr Sedan 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
hills med none 2 10 11 77 66 27.8  
2002 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light none 14 12 18 55 55 35.7  
2002 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 6 27 43 25 76 25.0  
2001 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 2 15 30 53 65 22.0  
2000 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med none 0 10 0 90 60 29.1  

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Ford Taurus vs. Nissan Altima MPG

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
With 28 to 30 mpg on the highway with a vacation load of luggage, food and other equipment she takes to the road with ease and comfort I never had in any car I previously owned. Mileage is close to the intermediate size Buick I used to drive but this car is much more comfortable and worth the mileage difference. see full Ford Taurus review
2011 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
With 28 to 30 mpg on the highway with a vacation load of luggage, food and other equipment she takes to the road with ease and comfort I never had in any car I previously owned. Mileage is close to the intermediate size Buick I used to drive but this car is much more comfortable and worth the mileage difference. see full Ford Taurus review
2010 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very respectable mileage for a heavy, stylish car. see full Ford Taurus review
2008 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Able to get 30 mpg at 70 mph with a/c on and on the interstate. see full Ford Taurus review
2008 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Good mileage for a large car. 29 to 32 Highway. see full Ford Taurus review
2005 4dr Sedan 153-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
For a Large Car 30mpg on a 12 hour road trip is outstanding. see full Ford Taurus review
2004 4dr Sedan 201-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Seems like they should get respectable MPG. see full Ford Taurus review
Ford Taurus Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
My average MPG is about 24 right now. It does better on the highway and not as well around town. I do not drive it hard. I am using (per Ford) Regular 87 in it and it seems fine. I ran one tank of 93 Premium and did not notice a difference in performance or mileage. see full Ford Taurus review
2008 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
It's got a 20 gallon tank and I basically never see 400 miles on the trip counter. 20mpg in mixed use (almost 40 mile round trip commute) has been something to get used to after living with a 4-cylinderMazda 6. In addition, when I hit 1/4 tank on the gas gauge, the range computer plummets to the point that I start planning a fuel stop within 50 miles of the 1/4 tank mark. I don't know if this is unique to my car or not. see full Ford Taurus review
2005 4dr Wagon 153-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Only getting about 4-500 km per tank of gas see full Ford Taurus review
2002 4dr Wagon 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
22 or 23 MPG at best on the highway is mediocre but not terrible given the size and 24V V6. see full Ford Taurus review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2013 The 2007-2012 Altima managed decent fuel economy, but the 2013 does much better. The sedan's EPA city rating is up from 23 to 27 mpg and its EPA highway rating has been bumped from 32 all the way to 38 mpg. The city figure ties the new Accord's for best of any non-hybrid midsize sedan, while the highway figure doesn't need to share the honor. How did they do it? Partly by reducing the Altima's curb weight to a compact-like 3,108 lbs., about 100 below the Accord and Camry and 300 below the new Fusion. But the MVP award likely goes to the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with an unusually wide 7:1 ratio spread. At 60 mph the four-cylinder engine spins a very relaxed 1,450 rpm. The EPA ratings for the Fusion are lower, especially in city/suburuban driving: 23/36. see full Nissan Altima review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
40 MPG highway see full Nissan Altima review
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
80 miles total commute each day, average 30mpg with a 70% highway and 30% city roads. CVT helps make that mpg count very high for a gas engine and relatively weighted sedan. see full Nissan Altima review
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
Since the weather gotten warmer, I have been averaging about 35 mph combined mpg which is excellent for a vehicle of this size with a 2.5L four cylinder. The Xtronic CVT transmission is key to obtaining good fuel economy. Once at cruising velocity, engine rpm stays below 1800 rpm at 70 mph and below 1500 rpm at 60 mph. I drive 80 hwy/ 20 city most of the time. see full Nissan Altima review
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
If you have a 60/40 city-hwy, then you are better off with a hybrid or in this instance a fuel sipper. The car is large, nimble with the power assist and light due to the re-design. I am averaging about 30mpg and if my hwy gets more, I am expecting a 36mpg. This is very much inline with the advertisements by Nissan. see full Nissan Altima review
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
I have had my 2013 Altima for 10 months and 12,000 miles. The gas mileage in this car is great. I drive 75% highway and get on average 37 - 38 miles a gallon. I can go 600 miles without any worry of running out of gas. see full Nissan Altima review
2010 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
CVT provides 28-29 on hwy see full Nissan Altima review
2010 2dr Coupe 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Reasonable around 10-12 litres/100Km for 100% city driving see full Nissan Altima review
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
I have gotten use to the CVT transmission. This transmission is set up to use the engine torque to aid in fuel economy. When you take off from a stop light, you can feel the transmission change (no shifting felt) where the engine rpm is kept low (low rpm) and engine torque pushing the car more than horsepower moving the car. For maximum horsepower, the rpm's have to rise up above 3k rpm. When the rpm is kept low, the engine is not using as much fuel, thus increasing fuel economy. The CVT does a good job at utilizing the engine's torque at low speeds (city driving) to aide in maxing fuel economy. On the highway, it varies the gear ratio's without feeling it shift. You may observe at 70 mph the rpm at 2k rpm. When needing more power or climbing steep hills, you do not feel it shift, but will observe the rpm (tachometer) rising to meet demands for the situation. It you drive it easily, maintaining speed limits, and allow the car time to increase speed, it definitely maximizes fuel economy. It you had a heavy foot and and go zipping around, then you loose economy. But driven easily with a mind on economy, I get approx 32 mpg in this car on the highway and around 25-26 city. If I'm driving "in a hurray" so to speak, I lose about 5-6 mpg all around. see full Nissan Altima review
2009 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Best fuel economy in a mid-size sedan. I get over 31 MPG on the highway. see full Nissan Altima review
2009 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Exceeds the sticker ratings of 23 city and 31 highway. I consitently get 27 city and 35 highway. see full Nissan Altima review
Nissan Altima Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
I do most of my driving on the highway as well as long road trip in the 1st month of owning and I have never gotten mileage better that 33 mpg - my average is 26 mpg see full Nissan Altima review
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
City MPG is disappointing. see full Nissan Altima review
2011 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Car now has just over 1500 miles on it. Tanks of gas have ranged from 21.7 MPG to 27.1 MPG. Hoping for more consistency as drivetrain continues to break in see full Nissan Altima review
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
the highway fuel economy is rated at 45mpg imperial gallon. it does not even get close im lucky to get 32 to 33.5 mpg see full Nissan Altima review
2007 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Fuel economy is not bad, but with gas approaching 4 dollars a gallon, and Nissan recommending premium fuel, it still hurts a bit. Update: I just burned my first tank of regular and could tell no difference at all. (No premium or midgrade available.) see full Nissan Altima review
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Average 23mph on the HWY with a 4cyl and 175HP! Enough said... see full Nissan Altima review
2005 4dr Sedan 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In this time of high gas prices a 4 cylinder would be a wiser choice see full Nissan Altima review