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EPA rates 2013 Altima at 38 mpg highway; production underway

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just certified the 2013 Nissan Altima (earlier post) featuring the 2.5L engine and Xtronic CVT as the most fuel-efficient gasoline mid-size car currently in the US, with ratings of 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined (8.7, 6.2 and 7.6 L/100km, respectively.)

The 4-cylinder Altima, with a standard 18-gallon fuel tank, is capable of going up to 684 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, the first of five all-new models Nissan will introduce in the next 15 months, is on the way to dealers as of yesterday, the same day Nissan began production at its second US assembly plant in Canton, Miss. By the end of this year, both plants will operate three shifts each to maximize production of the country's second best-selling car.

The release of the new Altima comes in advance of the vehicle’s official on-sale date of late June, allowing Nissan dealers the opportunity to conduct test drives with potential customers. Nissan has experienced a very large amount of interest in the new model with 1.5 million individuals visiting a pre-order website created to deliver information about the new car and gauge interest in early orders. More than 30,000 customers have expressed an interest in the car through the pre-order website, which also offers those placing an order a complimentary three-year scheduled maintenance program valued at $700.

Prices for the 2013 Nissan Altima start at US$21,500.

Comments

HarveyD

Seems to be a good buy @ $21,500 with 3-year maintenance (probably limited to about 6 oil change services) included.

The 31 mpg will put pressure on others like the (Sonata, Camry, Fusion, Malibu, Chrysler 200, Passat, etc) to improve their product.

Nick Lyons

Mmmmm. We need a new car, and 38 highway for a no compromises mid-size is outstanding. I expect to be doing a fair bit of open highway cruising in the next few years.

ToppaTom

On the lamb are you Nick?

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