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Nissan Versa, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#826 of 889 Re: 2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback [prophphreak]
May 10, 2009 (9:36 am)
A wonderful habit it is to drive a fuel-efficient car with good driving manners. I often say to my wife that, hey, we all get there, so why pollute unnecessarily in the process?
On a tangential note, I recently rented a Hyundai Sonata (I4, not V6) for three days, and was pleasantly surprised to have gotten 35.2 MPG for the tank (95% highway). With a car like this, I couldn't help but drive conservatively, and it showed in the gas mileage!
#827 of 889 Re: 2009 Versa mileage vs 2008 Versa mileage [masa3]
Jun 01, 2009 (1:48 pm)
We purchased a Versa hatchback with CVT (variable) automatic transmission last fall. We now have 13k on it, but the mileage is still poor; nearly 25% worse than published. The local dealer has been no help, and just shrugs it off. We do everything possible to squeeze the rated mileage out of it, but to no avail. Our best highway mileage of 8.4 l/100 is still far cry from the rated city mileage of 7.9 and highway mileage of 6.3 l/100 km. After all I've read, I starting to believe this vehicle was over-sold, unless someone can give me a better reason.
Paul in Victoria
#828 of 889 Versa MPG worse than Cube?
Jun 06, 2009 (4:44 pm)
It seems odd that the flying wall shape of the Cube seems to be getting better mileage than the Versa, since they're both essentially the same underneath. (I know the Cube is a bit lighter, but not that much.)
#829 of 889 Re: 2009 Versa mileage vs 2008 Versa mileage [paul_in_vic]
Jun 18, 2009 (3:31 pm)
I think it takes a very light foot on the CVT to get good mileage, it is very willing to deliver acceleration at the price of gas mileage!
Also a lot of us drive more city miles than we think and that kills mileage.
Have you tried filling up just before a really, really long road trip, then refilling and calculating your mileage?
#830 of 889 Re: Nissan Versa MPG - real-world numbers [Sylvia]
Jun 22, 2009 (11:33 am)
I love my Nissan Versa Hatchback!!!
I bought it new in April of 2008 in Hawaii and usually averaged between 38-42 mpg. I opted to get the upgraded packaged with the CVT transmission, bluetooth feature, and other accessories.
I was really suprised to see so many disgruntled users. In Hawaii the fastest highway speed is 60 mph, this may also have something to do with why I was getting better mileage than most users. Now that I've moved to the mainland, I'll see what my mpg will be with faster speed limts.
I hope this helps.
Jul 14, 2009 (4:32 pm)
It's been about a year now since we've been forced to use ethanol-laced fuel here in central PA. The first 18 months, using non-ethanol gas, I was getting 33-34 in mixed driving and 35-36 on the highway. (Still feels like I need 7th gear sometimes)
For the last year, I've never cracked 32 on the highway and my mixed driving is 29-30mpg. That's The Inconvenient Truth About Ethanol
But I still love my Versa!
Aug 07, 2009 (7:41 am)
09 Versa CVT, on the third tank now, around 30 mpg with mixed city/highway driving. Not great... okay I guess... my other car is a Jetta TDI, ~43 mpg, and much better ride. Hope that it will improve a bit as the car breaks in.
#833 of 889 My automatic transmission won't coast
Aug 15, 2009 (2:07 pm)
I just bought a 2009 Versa Hatchback 1.8 S. When I take my foot off the gas on the highway, the car feels like it is slowing down, not coasting like a "normal" car. Does this happen to everyone else ? I have the 4 speed auto trans, not the CVT.
#834 of 889 Re: My automatic transmission won't coast [twistedmuffin]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Aug 16, 2009 (6:16 am)
I don't know of any vehicle that doesn't feel like it slows down on the highway when you take your foot off the gas. At highway speeds that's pretty much normal behavior since the engine is working to overcome air resistance. As soon as you lift off your foot, the air IS going to slow you down.
#835 of 889 Re: 2009 Versa mileage vs 2008 Versa mileage [micweb]
Aug 16, 2009 (11:06 pm)
I have a Dodge Caliber with a similar Nissan CVT tranny to the Versa. I agree, the CVT can get good MPG, but only if true feather footing is used. Compared to other Caliber drivers who drive their CVTs 'normally' (which isn't normal, since Americans are always in a hurry), I can get 10+% better MPG. Compared to lead-footers, I get 20+% better MPG. A classic example......when starting from a stop, carefully note if your car rises a bit on its front shocks......that is an indication that you can get better MPG, just from easing more carefully into your first acceleration from zero MPH. When you begin your forward motion, allow the front end of the car only to move straight forward......not up on its shock.