Nissan Most Fuel Efficient Full-Line Automaker In The U.S.

Nissan is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States.

This according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report.

Nissan’s fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology trends in the United States.

The report used 2013 Model Year EPA Fuel Economy Estimate as its main data.

Nissan’s 26.2 combined mpg rating, based on Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, marks a 2.1 combined mpg (8.7 percent) improvement over 2012 model-year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. This gain happens to be the largest year-over-year gain among all manufacturers.

Nissan said the 26.2 combined mpg mark is 4.4 percent more efficient than the No. 2 spot and exceeds the full-line automaker industry average (manufacturers offering vehicles for sale in every product segment) of 23.3 combined mpg by 12.4 percent.

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The company added this accomplishment came in part due to the introduction of three all-new fuel-efficient models for the 2013 model year – Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra.  These models each brought a significant improvement in fuel efficiency compared to their predecessors. Average combined fuel economy for the 2013 Altima sedan improved 4 mpg or 14.8 percent. The most fuel-efficient 2013 Sentra model improved from 30 mpg to 34 mpg combined, or just over 13 percent compared to the model it replaced. The 2013 Pathfinder SUV saw the largest gains, with an almost 30-percent year-over-year improvement and a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg