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If you've ever wanted to purchase a Nissan Altima Hybrid, now's the time. The 2011 model-year Altima Hybrid marks the vehicles last hurrah. According to Kicking Tires, the Altima Hybrid suffered dismal sales in its lifespan, mostly due to the fact that the vehicle was only sold in a handful of states (those that stuck to California's stricter emissions standards), unlike its main competitors.

Originally launched in 2007, the Altima Hybrid was Nissan's first foray into the gas-electric arena, using a Toyota-derived hybrid drive system. According to the EPA, the Altima Hybrid is rated to achieve 33 miles per gallon in combined driving. Not bad, but quite weak when you consider that 40 mpg is the new benchmark.


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      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      BTW, Nissan has been showing an in-house developed hybrid system, using a 2.5l Miller cycle engine and a Lithium battery, in both the Infiniti Etheria and Nissan Ellure concept. That drivetrain has been promised for the next generation. http://www.hybridcars.com/news/interview-ellure-concept-shows-new-nissan-hybrid-system-28964.html Rather than continuing to outsource the hybrid system with supply issues in Japan, it makes sense that they don't offer it for the 2012 model year before the redesigned 2013 model with an in-house hybrid system comes out next year.
      BILL BONER
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is something they'd still make a profit off of if they kept making them for taxi customers. You see quite a few of these around NYC. Then again, I guess it would just cannibalize NV200 sales once those start popping up in the city's fleet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BILL BONER
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      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      For 2011 midsized cars, the only cars that beat the Altima Hybrid are other hybrids and the LEAF. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/byEPAclass.htm 40 MPG is quoted in misleadingly marketing by many companies, but it is only for highway mileage, often for a special model. It is not typical of automotive usage, which according to government studies is more similar to the city cycle. Every publication that spouts off the highway mileage as what the car makes is being as misleading to its readers as the misleading marketing comming from many manufacturers. NO non-hybrid 2011 midsize or compact sedan gets 40 mpg combined -- it is not "the new benchmark". No non-hybrid 2011 midsize sedan beats the Altima Hybrid's 33mpg combined fuel economy.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even in those states that this car was sold in, there was little-to-no advertising to inform/remind people that the Altima came in Hybrid form, and it was almost never picked to compete in magazine comparison tests. You can't sell a car that no one knows about, and I like to think that I follow automotive news pretty darn closely and even I forget it exists.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course it didn't sell well. First off the altima is the ghetto choice of vehicle, most in the hood can't afford the maxima and they think the altima is a good second choce, so nobody has an extra cash for a hybrid version. Second of all, the extra mileage the hybrid produced was next to nothing, so why bother.
      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well no duh... I mean just look at it :P
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad. I drove one of these in CA a few months ago. It's so much better to drive then the Prius (2nd or 3rd gen).
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing Ghosn wishes he had brought the Maxima Turbodiesel to the US after all...
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Accord hybrid failed. The Malibu hybrid failed. And now the Altima hybrid failed. Hmmm. Ford and Hyundai have the market now.
        Robdaemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        Not exactly apples-to-apples there. The Accord Hybrid was a V6, basically using the hybrid system as a performance enhancer. The Malibu was a "mild hybrid". Both suffered from unimpressive mileage gains as a result of their hybrid setups. The Altima was screwed by the limited markets it was sold in. The market is now left to the Camry, the Fusion/MKZ and the Sonata Hybrid.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Robdaemon
          Limited markets really did kill it. They couldn't advertise it because most couldn't buy it anyway. Also, the Buick with E-assist gets 31 or 32 mpg combined. I think that this engine was just towards the end of it's life cycle to be honest. It's been around for what seems like ages. The 2.5 was great when it was in a 2005 Sentra SE-R. That is not 7 yrs ago people (in Model years). How many 7 yr old engines do you really see in the industry without major overhauls? Even Chevy LS engines get changed more often and they don't need that much. This engine was never made for hybrid but it has performed admirably. When this 2.5 liter engine came out gas was WELL UNDER $2 a gallon. I believe Nissan will have a near class leading 4cyl next life cycle. Probably 25 city and 34highway. Then a mild hybrid with advanced fuel cut off etc to get 33city and 41highway. Or a full hybrid that will get them 37/41
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        Ford and Hyundai have the market now. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Really? 2013 Malibu with eAssist (read Hybrid). Volt plugin. Leaf plugin, Prius. Hardly all to themselves.
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes sense. Surely the Leaf is Nissan's focus now.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ajschrod
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another opportunity for you union-hating southerners to try another American-named car. Remember, even a few bucks going to Japan is a few less supporting our economy!
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