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Nissan Versa, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#865 of 889 Re: New 2011 Versa [tifighter]
Mar 17, 2011 (1:58 am)
That's the trouble with the mpg postings on this thread - are we comparing two different cars or two different driving styles? If I drove the same way your wife has to drive I may do no better in my Versa.
Just got back yesterday from a round trip of 325 miles to Minneapolis and back - 33mpg. Put car into CC at 65mph (the speed limit) and just let her cruise into the city. Interestingly once I got into the the city I had to drive faster than out on the rural highways. Did a lot of driving taking beltline freeways around the city and everyone was driving 80-85 mph and I had to keep up with the flow of the traffic or be run over.
Your wife's 30mpg as a city car driving stop and go and urban freeways may be very reasonable.
I pretty much read all the post in this thread going back to 2007. I noticed that as time went on the mpg postings got better and better. I wonder if the early Versas may, in fact, have had some problem? I'm no gear head but I do know that programming of the motor control unit does not have to be far off to adversely effect mpg. Perhaps Nissan realized this and quietly went about reprogramming the later Versas for better mileage?
Just speculation on my part.
#866 of 889 Re: New 2011 Versa [natureboy3]
Jun 17, 2011 (12:49 pm)
I just purchased a Brand new 2011 Nissan Versa Hatchback. I love the car but have been sorely disappointed in the gas mileage. I am only on my third tank and i have heard that mileage does improve but I am skeptical. The 1st dealer tank got me 25 mpg and the second which i did got me 24.5mpg. Simple math 300 miles, 12.4 gallons to fill up. I dont know what everyone else is doing but everyone else seems to report better numbers. Even the Dealer said he had not heard of anyone getting less than 30, of course he would be somewhat biased. I very much like the car so I am hopeful that the mileage will improve. Also i have not taken a road trip yet either so if that goes well it will take away some of the sting, after all i went from 5 minivans in a row (which i loved for trips with the kids) to a subcompact completely for fuel economy reasons. My 6 cylinder vans were getting 18-22 so at 24 or 25 MPG i am not gaining much. Good Luck All
#867 of 889 Re: New 2011 Versa [wr426f]
Jun 17, 2011 (2:37 pm)
There is going to be a range of reported mileage numbers, ranging from very low for brand new purchases with CVT tranny, lead foot short distance city driving to very high ones for broken in, standard tranny, subtle driving, long distances, CC set at 65, and a gentle breeze blowing from behind.
Dealers are full of sh!t... they will tell you anything to make you feel good about your purchase beforehand or question yourself if something seems wrong afterwards.
I am used to my 45 mpg Jetta, so the 28 mpg we are getting from the Versa are not overwhelming. On the other hand, I would hesitate to call this a "Subcompact". It is very roomy, tall, with loads and loads of space for the back passengers. Not like a van obviously, but not like a true subcompact either.
#868 of 889 Re: New 2011 Versa [wr426f]
Jun 17, 2011 (3:39 pm)
I'd take any MPG trends with a grain of salt for the first couple thousand miles; engines take some time to break in. My last Honda was so/so for the first 15000 miles, then it made a marked jump upwards. Same for a Subaru I had prior.
Even though I've thought our Versa MPG could be a little better, with only 5k miles, I don't think we've driven it enough to know anything definitive yet.
#869 of 889 Re: New 2011 Versa [tifighter]
Jun 18, 2011 (1:18 pm)
I've had my 2008 4-speed auto for almost 4 years now; 17k on it now, and despite a slight bump somewhere during the first 8k, I'm still getting a mediocre 26 90% city. I too take it easy most times and notice that when I do get frisky a number of times during a tankful, my mileage suffers about 10% overall. I have to say, it's more than 2x better than the 77 cobra
I'm not too upset about the mileage as the other attributes of the vehicle more than make up for it for me: reliability, space, comfort. My father and brother can sit with great comfort in the back despite both being 6'2".
Take most dealer mileage stickers at 80% of their face and you'll be right around reality.
#870 of 889 Re: New 2011 Versa [fflintstone1]
Jun 19, 2011 (1:05 am)
You make several good points fflintstone. Especially regarding dealers!! lol. I should have bought a Jetta seems like my first mistake. I guess I used the term subcompact a little loosely since it does have a ton of space compared to the others that i looked at. I do drive mostly city and the only breeze in Texas is when a Miskito flys by. I am a little encouraged. I filled up again today and my mileage was a slight bit better at 27. Add a little bit for sitting idle while on the phone during work...a little for the 106 degree temp we've been at and i can maybe count on 28 or 29 with maybe low 30's for highway. Those numbers are becoming much more acceptable and i'm looking forward to lots more versa driving fun. Getting me some sweet aftermarket wheels next week so i'll look fly doing it. later's
#871 of 889 Expected better miles per gallon?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 14, 2011 (10:41 am)
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#872 of 889 After 4 years...what happened to my MPG
Aug 16, 2011 (12:05 pm)
So…I have an '07 Versa SL hatchback, standard, just under 33,000 miles. I purchased it, new, in March of 2007. Like many posters here, I to was underwhelmed by the fuel economy…especially since I had the Versa with the "original" fuel estimates of 30/34…not the revised 28/34.
My fuel economy has risen steadily over the years. 90% of my driving is intracity driving: no freeways, all surface streets, stop & go, rarely above 45mph. I have used the 1-2-5 shifting regimen (something I found on this forum) for 3.5 of the four years I have owned the car.
From the data I have been able to chart and observe…I am getting, on average, about 315 miles per tank. Each time I fill up I put in approximately 11.3-11.8 gallons. This translates into 26.7 - 27.9 mpg. Considering the type of driving I am doing…that is about as advertised. Unfortunately, the MPG doesn't climb all that dramatically when I do venture on to the highways.
This brings me to now. This last tank of fuel. I am at 210 miles with a quarter tank remaining. This is about 50-70 miles behind my averages (2-2.5 gallons off). I have been able to watch the fuel needle move like I was 16 and gassing a 289K. My question (besides WTF) is: Is this a bad fuel sensor (I haven't spotted any leaks or smelled gas)? I am waiting to fill up again and see if the volume is off, but I am more than a bit ticked off that after only 33,000 that there might be a fuel sensor issue. If anything, with my driving habits and below average annual usage, I have taxed the sensor less. Anyone else experience this?
#873 of 889 Re: Nissan Versa MPG - real-world numbers [Sylvia]
Dec 29, 2011 (5:20 pm)
I picked up a 2012 SL sedan with the 1.6 engine and CVT. My first tank reported 37.6 mpg. Hand calculated it came out to 36.6. My second tank came in about 1 mpg lower. I commute into Boston and the temps dropped so I think that may be a factor. I driving is 50% city and 50% highway though half of my highway is stop and go traffic on route 93. I drive easy most of the time with occasional trips at 75 mph on the highway.
#874 of 889 Re: Nissan Versa MPG - real-world numbers [formula353]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Dec 30, 2011 (4:00 am)
That's a good number to hear. I don't expect that our 4th Versa, 2012 that we pick up tomorrow (6-speed), will hit that number but we've consistently been getting 32-33. That WAS in the 35-36 mpg range until ethanol blends hit the pumps and stole 10% of the mileage, but that's another topic for another discussion over on the Automotive News board
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