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2012 Nissan Altima (four-cylinder CVT): 23/32 mpg
2012 Nissan Altima (six-cylinder CVT): 20/27 mpg
2012 Nissan Altima Coupe (four-cylinder): 23/32 mpg (CVT), 23/31 mpg (manual)
2012 Nissan Altima Coupe (V-6): 20/27 mpg (CVT), 18/27 mpg (manual)
Now that the Nissan Altima has lost its Hybrid model, its fuel economy is just average for the class--despite its use of continuously variable transmissions.
Four-cylinder versions are the most efficient. In either coupe or sedan form, the Altima with the smaller engine and the CVT earns an EPA-rated 23/32 mpg. In the coupe, the four-cylinder Altima with a six-speed manual transmission checks in at a slightly lower 23/31 mpg.
Moving up to the V-6 versions, the CVT-equipped Altimas also sip less fuel. Sedans and coupes with the CVT are rated at 20/27 mpg, while the Coupe with the six-speed manual checks in at 18/27 mpg.
In all, the Altima's fuel economy numbers are respectable for the class, but not quite on par with a number of mid-size models, such as the latest editions of the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, which both get 35 mpg highway.
The 2012 Nissan Altima can't depend on the Hybrid anymore to lift its average fuel economy.