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2013 Nissan Altima



  • arkycowboyarkycowboy Posts: 8
    edited March 2013
    I too have experienced similar "problems" with MPG.

    Within a week of purchase, I made a round trip to New Orleans from central Arkansas. I got 42/40 MPG at 75/80 MPH overall. For the round trip, I filled up just 4 times even though it was not really needed, but being a new car, I had not yet learned to trust the fuel gauge or remaining miles. Only once was I down to the fuel warning alert and that did spook me some.

    When I got back and running around town, it was getting 35 MPG or greater with no regard to my "lead foot" or traffic.

    After about 4000+ miles, the in town mileage is now ~18 MPG. When watching the RPM, and like the post above, keeping it below 1,500 RPM, I was able to gently approach 24 MPG.

    Recently a trip (400 miles R/T) via interstate, cruise control on and speed of 75 MPH, I was able to do no better than 33 MPG overall.

    Something is up with the Altima at ~4,000 miles. Although, my sticker says 27 MPG and 38 MPG, it's not there any more. Still, it's better than my previous car.
  • mike4301mike4301 Posts: 1
    I just bought the 2013 Altima S based on the fact that im gonna save on gas, but I end up paying more, the computer in the gas that tells you how many miles you have left on your gas tank, reads 180 miles left ( for example) then I drive 3 miles then it reads that I have 173 miles left, and I only drove 3 miles NOT 7 miles. so basically I am consuming for a 6 cylinders and driving a 4 cylinders, im so pissed that I got rid of my 2010 corolla, where I used to get 33 TRUE miles per gallon. This is my first and last Nissan. I m very disappointed. Nissan lied and im sure they gonna have a big mess on their hands soon, worse than what Toyota had.
  • The miles left in the tank display is constantly being updated.

    If you are a coaster (good MPG), the mileage will increase as you drive up to a point. If you are a lead-footer, it will decrease as you drive, again to a point.

    While I was getting 42MPG on my trip and under cruise control, the miles left was dropping about 1 mile for every 5 to 8 miles I drove, which was somewhat unsettling, but nice to see. It started out showing 485 miles after a fill up after sucking empty. Then, after about 100 miles of Interstate driving with "great" indicated miles left, it began to drop about 2 miles for every 1 driven. After about another 100 miles, it was tracking pretty much 1 for 1 and probably displaying a realistic number from then on out. This happened about the half tank point.

    Bottom line, I would not start across the desert with a half tank of gas indicated, even though the miles left was saying 300+. You will end up pushing or walking for sure. In other words, enjoy the high numbers shown, but don't take it to the bank.

    The instantaneous MPG shown on the Driver Display is a bit more accurate as it's metering the gas past a point vs the speed. As you can see, it fluctuates a lot as you drive, thus the crazy reading on the miles left numbers. Overall, the Altima does get pretty good mileage for a mid-size family car. My older SUV gets 14MPG going downhill.
  • The first weekend we owned our 2013 Altima 2.5S we got 40 mpg on the highway and over 20 in the city. Since then the mileage has deteriorated, getting lower with each fill-up. We are now at 17 in the city and 30 on the highway.How much worse will it get?
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Have you noticed that at any given preferred speed that you drive at, if the RPM's are higher now than when the car was new? I have heard a bit about Nissan having some belt issues..not sure if it is premature wear or not. But if the belt is wearing too fast and is sitting lower in the pulleys then that would increase rpm's and consequently lower FE. This wear then, if that is the reason, would also not necessarily jive with the other electronic algorithm parameters set and also maybe cause more fuel consumption.
  • This is an update. I drive 2/3 highway, 1/3 city. My car now has 4800 miles. At fill up my 2013 Altima SL 4cyl would show 677 miles to go to empty. Then it would increase in mileage to a point of about 748 miles to empty then slowly decrease as long you're light on the gas pedal. With each fill up my miles to go to empty has decreased. Today with my 7th fill up since Dec, it now showed 566 miles to go to empty. My mileage has been decreasing over the past 2 months, 4 miles per gallon. I didn't buy this Altima to beat out my 2011 Camry(29 mpg) by only 4 mpg. Not happy..
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I didn't buy this Altima to beat out my 2011 Camry(29 mpg) by only 4 mpg. Not happy..

    Well then you probably shouldn't have bought an Altima. The Combined EPA rating for the 2013 Altima 2.5 is 31. Camry, 26. That's a 5mpg difference. Granted, it's 5, not 4, but you should've anticipated a change of somewhere from 3-7mpg, based on driving style.

    Is it safe to assume you're calculating mileage not based on the computer, but rather using the odometer and gallons pumped each time?
  • 29bob29bob Posts: 1
    Any recommendations for replacement seats? 2002 Altima.
    Especially interested in replacing the passenger seat.
  • 13altima13altima Posts: 1
    Have a 2013 Altima. On the trip computer display there are 2 sides, Average and Driving. On the driving side there is a trip timer and it is constantly timing. How do I stop the timer? I tried resting the trip computer and it goes back to 0:00 and starts again. Also, how do I reset the DTE (distance to empty)?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Also, how do I reset the DTE (distance to empty)?

    I would think DTE would be automated, like it is in my car (a Sonata). It's dependent on driving style and fuel left in the tank. When I pump gas with the car "ON" but not running, you can actually watch the Range climb mile by mile until the tank is full.
  • grampy2grampy2 Posts: 1
    A straight, flat, and lightly-used stretch of U.S. 98 through Tyndall AFB in the Florida Panhandle gives me a chance to frequently put my '13 2.5 S through its mpg paces. At 60 mph, with ethanol-polluted gas, no AC, and windows closed, I routinely get 44 mpg. AC drops us to 42, but ethanol-free gas kicks us up about 3 mpg. 50 mph, no AC, and ethanol-free (a one-time, 15-minute deal) got me to 50.6 (take that, hybrid owners).
    Last week, a 220 mile round-tripper including 50 miles of I-10, 150 miles of two-laned blacktop, and a couple of two-stoplight towns got us 39.6 mpg. This was through, by Florida standards, hilly country. A couple of limited-access-highway-only trips (70-75 mph) have come in at about 39 mpg.
    Wet roads drop our mileage by 10% or so (reduced traction?), and strong headwinds by 5-10%.
    In city driving (Tallahassee), we get 28-32 fully warmed up and 26 cold starting. I haven't yet driven in true stop-and-go stuff, and hope not to.
    My experiences suggest that those of you reporting the lousy mpg should first look at your driving habits and then assertively interact with your dealer and Nissan rep. Something's amiss.
    So far, our Altima is my favorite of the 20 or so vehicles I've driven extensively. We think it's a superior vehicle to my wife's '07 M 35. It's quieter, handles nearly as well, and is as comfortable. Yeah, the power train makes some atypical, but very faint, noises, and I can sense some unusual, but very brief, vibrations. But come on, ya'll, this ain't your father's (or mother's) Oldsmobile.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    I just bought a new 2013 Altima SV with the convenience package (build date April 2013). So far so good. My only hesitation was the amount of velour type cloth in the vehicle. But so far, it hasn't been an issue and I wonder if Nissan put any type of stain resistance into the cloth?? Took it on a short 15 mile stretch of the interstate where it got 38.1 mpg at 73mph. For a not even broken in vehicle, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    edited May 2013
    Very informative fuel economy account. I liked the bases you covered.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    Does anybody know if a full size spare tire will fit into the spare tire wheel well? I am not a fan of compact donuts and typical buy a cheap steel rim and OE tire for use as a valid spare tire.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    If you are happy with the OE tires, and plan to invest in one, and assuming you have 4 alloys, why not invest in the extra alloy? This would enable you to do tire rotation sequence involving the spare, which pays back eventually, and has two other benefits too. You don't end up with a new, but old rubber spare that may not match replacement tires in future. Also, by default of being regularly integrated during tire rotations, it is kept aired up. Not an issue if you check your spare often, but few owners/garages do.

    Since OEM alloys can be quite expensive, consider first trying to find one at a wrecker. The key here though, is to ensure that whatever caused the wreck, did not injure or bend the wheel in any way. Most 20 to 30 mph front write-off collisions usually spare most rear parts like a rim and tire.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    Thanks, but I don't plan on using it in my tire rotation. I just don't like using those temporary donut tires in the event of a tire failure, etc. I just wanted to know if anybody knew if the full size tire would fit into the spare tire well. Otherwise, I have to pull the tire off and check it myself. Something I would rather not do.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Well, in that case either call your dealer, they should know, or just measure the outside circumference of one of your full sized ones. And measure the overall depth. In looking at the wheel well, if it has the height and diameter, it's pretty much a sure thing that the centre convex area where the donut is bolted down will also accept the full size.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    Sadly, the dealer didn't know. I did what you did and it does look like it will fit in the well. But just to be on the safe side, I will pull a tire off and double check before purchasing a spare wheel/tire. Thanks.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    edited May 2013
    Hey, you're quite how did you make out? Is it a fit?
  • rickt9868rickt9868 Posts: 2
    My 2013 3.5 SL makes a banging noise when I stop. It sounds like it's coming from the back of the car. The technician says it's devices floating in the gas tank to make to fuel gauge more accurate. It does sound like he might be right because the rollback bang is kind of delayed like it is floating as opposed to something that is rolling around in the trunk. Does anyone else experience this?
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    edited June 2013
    I had a 2011 Maxima S that I bought new in January 2011. I loved driving that car; but, I didn't love owning that car. The back seat was cramped, the trunk is on the smallish side, the driver's leg room is a little tight and paying for premium unleaded got really old. I traded it 2 weeks ago on a new Altima 2.5 SV. Yes, I miss the V6 at times, but I really enjoy the car, otherwise. The first thing my 14 year old said when he sat in the back seat the first time was "Wow, this is a nice back seat." Loading baseball equipment into the trunk is easier with more room. I still have Intelligent Key, rear air vents and automatic climate control; but, now I have rear view camera, remote start and satellite radio--all things I now use every day. The extra 10 mpg on regular unleaded gas is nice, as well.

    Nissan did a nice job of upping the luxury feel and apparent build quality of the new Altima. The dash material and construction is solid like the Maxima's. The interior is quiet with no squeaks or rattles. It feels like it was put together very well.

    I know it's still early, but I am happy with my purchase and I look forward to driving it for years to come.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Tomorrow will mark 4 weeks with the Altima and I'm getting about 26 MPG in mixed city driving. The Maxima I traded would get 21-22 in the same driving, so I'm up about 20% in mpg and I'm using regular instead of premium unleaded. I'm expecing that number to go up some as the car breaks in.
  • vaddalavaddala Posts: 3
    I am interested in this vehicle, I been shopping around. Can someone tell what is the best price on 2013 S model as the 2014 is coming in few months, any discounts going on ? I can travel to any central or eastern states.
  • vaddalavaddala Posts: 3
    Guys, Please share your recent price.
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  • ricovanianricovanian Posts: 14
    with all of the negative comments I have been reading here and on the altima forums on the 'net, I have been thoroughly dissuaded from purchasing a 21013 altima. The long range prognosis for the CVT does not seem to be very promising. Is there anything I am overlooking in the Altima's favor? Seems like the safer bet to buy is a sonata...
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    As is the case in many forums, people only talk about their cars when they have an issue. For everyone complaining here, there are 100s of people who have nothing to complain about.

    I don't own an Altima, I drive a Sonata (2009) currently, but drive the car and make the decision yourself, not because I told you to buy one, or someone else told you not to buy one. :)
  • haulthault Columbus OhioPosts: 126
    I agree with the graduate post. I purchased a 2013 Altima SV 2.5 9/1/12. So far other than the trans recall to update software that addressed the shifting issue I have had no complaints. I experienced the shift issue. The recall/update fixed it. I have 12,000 miles. MPG's have avg between 28-32 in normal mixed driving. I use these forums as a guide to looking for and solving problems with my vehicles with as little difficulty as I can. These forums have been excellent for that.
  • baluinbaluin Posts: 1
    Hey even i faced the issue. The dealership is giving some lame excuse, stating it is expected. I have faced a major issue with transmission, 3 days into the purchase of my car (just 3 days, i was totally unhappy). They replaced my transmission, yet when i ask them to replace my car. They say, that we have to go to the dealership with the same issue for 3 times to fix it.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    I bought the same car (2013 2.5 SV) back in May. I too was amazed at how nice the car is and how smooth it drives. The 38-39 mpg is an added bonus (real world). No regrets here at all!!!
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