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Nissan Versa, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#130 of 889 Re: SL,CVT 1750 miles [tab00]
Aug 19, 2006 (1:27 pm)
It went something like this:
I am writing to let you know about my disappointment in my 2007 Nissan Versa purchase. I have used 3 full tanks of gas and am only averaging 24.5 MPG. This is a far cry from what you put on the sticker (30/36) and is totally unacceptable. The majority of my driving has been city driving with the AC on. I am not an aggressive driver in any way shape or form.
It appears I am not alone with my disappointment of what was posted on your sticker and what actual mileage the car gets. If you searh the Versa forums on the internet(Edmunds car space and Nissan/Infinity owners club-NICO) you will find many others with similar mileage complaints and feelings of being misled by your company. I expect you will receive many letters similar to mine.
I understand the posted EPA of 30/36 is a perfect scenario and I would not hold Nissan to those numbers. The problem I have is that the Versa doesn't even come close to those figures, yet you advertise it to do so.
I purchased this vehicle because I needed a car with excellent fuel economy. What I ended up with was a compact car with the fuel economy of a midsize sedan.
Please forward this information to Nissans Technical department as perhaps there is something that can be done.
In addition, please do not tell me that "your mileage may vary" or "your car needs time to break in".
Thanks for looking into this matter
Your thoughts on this purchase mirror mine...DITTO
"No one can lie to you about how much space there is in a vehicle"--LOL...perfect
#131 of 889 1875 mi and looking up
Aug 20, 2006 (7:09 am)
Either there is some truth to this "break-in" rumor, or I'm just learning how to drive all over again. But my last fill yielded 29.162 MPG. I'm a lot more pleased with this number. The optimist sees one favorable data point and reads a trend
#132 of 889 Re: 1875 mi and looking up [bendupre]
Aug 20, 2006 (5:49 pm)
Glad to hear it Bendupre!
How many miles on this fill up and what type of driving?
Lets hope Versa's need break in
#133 of 889 Re: SL,CVT 1750 miles [skoobahead1]
Aug 20, 2006 (6:49 pm)
Funny how people have to pick at things..
My first real tank I got 26, the last couple were 27, and now 29. Its getting better My last car was a 2000 Ford Contour I was getting 24. The Versa is far better then the Contour and if the mileage keeps getting better, I'll be happier..
#134 of 889 Just for reference: Japan-spec Versa (Tiida) MPG
Aug 21, 2006 (4:21 am)
Just for your reference, the 1.5 L CVT Tiida in Japan is rated by the notoriously unrealistic official system at approx. 43MPG. I have scoured the 'net to see what the real people are saying about their Tiidas' mileage in Japan, and most people are reporting something in the neighborhood of 28~29MPG, with a few reporting as high as 38MPG and as low as 16MPG. By the way, 29MPG in Japan, especially in urban settings, is a pretty good number.
#136 of 889 Re: Just for reference: Japan-spec Versa (Tiida) MPG [skoobahead1]
Aug 21, 2006 (10:52 am)
Whoa, the article is a tough indictment against the Versa's mileage.
#137 of 889 Re: SL,CVT 1750 miles [bendupre]
Aug 21, 2006 (6:28 pm)
There does seem to be something magical about that 30 mpg figure!
I have a newer 6sp SL with about 500 miles on it that I bought instead of replacing my Camry with a similar car. So far I've noticed several downsides compared with the larger car: 1) more engine/road noise, especially on the freeway; 2) no quite as much front seat leg room; 3) and a much less efficient stereo (given that the rear speakers no longer have a trunk behind them); longer overall cabin for hauling long (2x4x8) items. I'm still enjoying the refined interior and fun to drive quality, but I believe that I will expect more than 30 mpg city to feel good about the purchase down the road.
So far, only (at least) 28.5 miles on the first tank with about 20/80 city/interstate (75 mph) driving. I'm working on my second tank and will post updates.
#138 of 889 Re: Just for reference: Japan-spec Versa (Tiida) MPG [skoobahead1]
Aug 21, 2006 (6:37 pm)
Shouldn't we be comparing the mileage of the Versa to the Matrix (1.8L) and the Focus (2.0 L); cars with very comparable interior space.
For instance, the Matrix is heavier and slower and only 1-2 inches longer and wider than the Versa. The Versa has more rear leg room and only falls short a few cubic feet in storage space.
Matrix owners on Carpspace report more than 30 mpg on average (EPA estimated 30/36 with the 5spd). The lowest reported number was 27 but fewer overall complaints. I'd say this is good indication that most owners are hitting the low end of the EPA estimates.
#139 of 889 Re: SL,CVT 1750 miles [chicagoburbs]
Aug 21, 2006 (6:42 pm)
>>There does seem to be something magical about that 30 mpg figure!
I was thinking about the psychology of 30MPG earlier. If converted to km/L, 30MPG translates into about 12.7km per liter. 29MPG is about 12.3km per liter. Coming from Japan, I can tell you that no one there would give a rat's a** about the difference between 12.7 and 12.3km per liter. But in the U.S., 30MPG is a sacred and inviolable territory, and failing that is a deadly sin of economy cars. Rather interesting how our minds work....