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You are in the Nissan Altima Hybrid
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Nissan Altima Hybrid, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#112 of 158 Re: Altima Hybrid Mileage [wayne8888]
Jul 27, 2009 (1:48 pm)
I currently own a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and was very seriously thinking about buying new 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid but I never pulled the trigger. The Nissan just didn't seem as "smooth" as the Toyota, although I think it drives better. I also had heard that the NAH did not quite equal the fuel economy of the TCH but I never heard it being as bad as you experienced.
General question, however, why did you decide to trade and (except for the fuel economy) do you have any regrets?
#113 of 158 Hybrid mileage note
Jul 30, 2009 (3:05 pm)
There's very little about the gas motor in a hybrid that's special. The only way to get better gas mileage in a hybrid is to KEEP THE GAS MOTOR OFF. If you aren't vigilant about this, then your mileage will dwindle downward to roughly that of a gas 2.5 Altima (if not a bit worse b/c of the extra weight from the batteries). There are lots of factors that can keep the gas motor on including anything other than the slowest/easiest accelleration, highway speeds, and cold weather.
I'm always amazed by people who buy hybrids without understanding the technology, simply expect the car to magically return better mileage, and then say the car's "defective" after it doesn't do what they want it to do.
#114 of 158 Re: Altima Hybrid Mileage [newcars]
Jul 31, 2009 (7:47 pm)
The reason that I traded in my Camry Hybrid for the Altima Hybrid was mainly (as a 6 year owner of a 6 cyl Altima Hybrid 3.5SE) I wanted to get back to the Altima feel on the road. I also assumed that I would get the 35 mpg in the city (I do a lot of city driving) that the Altima Hybrid was hyped to get compared to 33 mpg city for the Camry Hybrid. Well I am very sorry that I gave up the Camry Hybrid in terms of gas mileage. I had no trouble getting 33 city with the Camry and can't even get more than 29 mpg with the NAH. I tend to try to drive it the same way as I did the TCH like coasting whenever possible and not roaring off to a start and using the cruise control in the same manner as with the Camry Hybrid. But what worked for me for 11 months (and 11K miles) in the Camry Hybrid does not work for me with the Altima Hybrid. I have had the NAH for 6 months and 5k miles. I do like the ride and the pep but could have gotten that with the 2.5S Altima for a lot less $$$ and nearly as good mileage!
#115 of 158 Cruise control
Jul 31, 2009 (8:00 pm)
Cruise control on the highway is good, but not great.
For better fuel efficiency, you're better off driving with constant throttle vs. constant speed, kinda like the truck drivers do. Faster downhill and slower uphill.
This is called "driving with load (DWL)", one of many "hypermiling" techniques.
Check out cleanmpg.com for more ideas, if you are interested.
44mpg in the summer.
#116 of 158 Re: Altima Hybrid Mileage [wayne8888]
Jul 31, 2009 (8:37 pm)
Very interesting. Most of the time, I drive in the city and I estimate I get about 31 mpg in the city. That's not bad considering I used to have a 2002 Corolla and I only got 22 MPG in the city. A 2.5 S will likely get the same mileage as the Corolla in SF city driving, and be down about 20 plus HP compared to the NAH. The CVT transmission in the NAH is better than the NA 2.5S so be glad you don't that transmission.
Sorry to hear your NAH is not working out to your expectations. So far, it's working out well for me.
#117 of 158 Re: Altima Hybrid Mileage [meanboy2005]
Aug 01, 2009 (6:39 pm)
Glad that you are having a good experience with your NAH. In Maryland only a couple of dealers import one or 2 Hybrid Altimas (probably from New Jersey which is the nearest state selling them). Mainly they seem to import the top end model (leather bluetooth navigation system, spoiler , sat radio, etc) I should have gone up to NJ myself so that I could have gotten a lower end NAH. I must admit though, I love the rear Camera! I now only back into places and it makes parallel parking as easy as pie. But anyway, a lower end (with a price about 5K or so lower would have lowered the sting of paying so much for crummy mileage (compared to Camry Hybrid). I guess I either have a dud or I need to drive the NAH differently than I drove the Camry Hybrid to get better mileage. I will be experimenting some more I guess!
#118 of 158 Re: Altima Hybrid Mileage [wayne8888]
Aug 01, 2009 (10:14 pm)
You aren't the only one complaining about mileage. Somehow, it just happens. Sometimes, i wish I had more features like the backup camera but we bought it based on price and incentives and the things we don't have we can live with. I have no real suggestions on how to drive it since it's our first Hybrid. Hopefully, you'll find a solution to get the best gas mileage possible.
#119 of 158 Mileage on the first tank of gas (from a Canadian Owner)
Aug 25, 2009 (8:14 pm)
I'm still on my first tank of gas and am kind of wondering about the mileage. In Canada, everything is in kilometers. When I left the dealership, the "range" showed 605 km. I'm down to almost 1/2 tank of gas and the range is showing 575 km. I keep running the numbers in my head and I'm not looking at very good mileage (for a hybrid). I owned an '06 Altima 2.5 and the mileage on my hybrid seems very similar to my '06.
Does the mileage get better on the hybrd. I only have about 250km on the car, but it's through almost 1/2 tank of gas and am wondering. It's been mostly city driving with about 50km of the 250 being on highway. Just a sidenote 1.6km = 1 mile.
I don't think that I'm that heavy of a driver...but the gas meter even moved the first day that I started driving the car.
#120 of 158 Re: Mileage on the first tank of gas (from a Canadian Owner) [cruiser1964]
Aug 26, 2009 (10:15 am)
from the other forum also, it sounds like your dealer didn't really give you a full tank of gas. refill it up and then make a judgment
#121 of 158 When is the car running in "hybrid"mode?
Aug 26, 2009 (3:49 pm)
As a follow-up to my above question, I would like to know when is the car actually running in "hybrid" mode?
- I know from reading the manual that anytime it says "EV" mode on the dash, that it's running as a hybrid (with the electric motor), but that is usually only up to 60 km/hr (40 mph). Does the car not run in hybrid mode past those speeds? How about if I'm driving down the highway on a long trip? Will EV mode come on at highway modes?
I'm wondering because if EV mode only comes at low speeds, then basically what I have is a 4 cyl 158 hp car for highway driving (where I had a 2.5 lire 175hp '06 Altima before) that had way more power for the highway.
Appreciate any feedback.