3. 2015 Nissan Altima: 2.5-Liter, CVT – 27/38/31
Driving away with a bronze medal in this Top 10 is Nissan’s jack-of-all-trades Altima. The brand’s longstanding sedan saves drivers money at the pump thanks to its efficient four-cylinder engine and energy-sparing continuously variable transmission.
The car’s 2.5-liter ‘banger delivers 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. With a CVT automatically adjusting ratios the Altima delivers 27 miles per gallon in the city and 38 on the “interst8;” combined it should return 31 MPG.
If drivers prefer, Nissan also offers a dramatically more muscular 3.5-liter V6 engine. It delivers 270 hp with 251 lb-ft. Naturally fuel economy is significantly reduced; this version averages just 26 MPG.