Nissan Altima Hybrid
Engine: 1.3-liter 4-cylinder
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
City mpg: 42
Highway mpg: 36
Green score: 48The new Altima Hybrid is Nissan's first hybrid vehicle. It is currently available for sale only in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
ACEEE's "Green Score" is based on tailpipe emissions as well as pollution created in manufacturing the vehicle. Pollution from manufacturing is estimated based on the vehicle's weight. The average vehicle's "Green Score" is 30.
Disposal of hybrid batteries does not pose an environmental issue, said James Kliesch. Research Associate for ACEEE.
"It's generally agreed that batteres in [non plug-in] hybrids are going to last the life of the vehicle," he said
When the vehicle is eventually disposed of, the battery will almost certainly be recycled because of the high value of the nickel it contains, he said.