Nissan Altima
2013 nissan altima

Usually a dark horse in Car of the Year competitions, the Altima was a winner in 2002, and this year Nissan has produced its strongest entry in a decade. If gas prices stay high, Altima's 37 mpg highway rating could be a deciding factor, but the could also be it failing. The car gets downgraded by hot-shoe jurors who find its fuel-sipping CVT transmission, which contributes to its high gas mileage, too lazy for driving pleasure.

Odds of winning: 12-1


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 02 2012 01:35 PM ET
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