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Nissan Rogue, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#80 of 126 Re: 2008 Nissan Rogue gas mileage problem [phil53]
Sep 03, 2008 (8:28 pm)
No, the overdrive is not turned off. I have driven it mostly highway for another 75 miles and now it is registering 20 mpg. That is much better than what I was getting, but I am still hoping to get back to the 25 mpg I had during the first 400 miles. As far as the rest of it goes, I think my 2.5 SL AWD Rogue has nearly all of the amenities my 2006 Altima 3.5 SL had. The one thing I am finding I really miss, though is no automatic headlights that turn off or climate control AC. The leather seats are very nice and are heated like the Altima. The biggest difference is my Altima got 30+ mpg on the highway and combined mpg was around 24. I really detest the break in period on a new vehicle. The other thing is, my husband has a tendency to go 80 mph on the highway, which coupled with crosswind probably kept me from getting very good mpg on the last half of my trip (I am guessing). I am sure he won't slow it down without an argument. He is also having a little trouble getting used to the CVT transmission, as he always loved to shift the Altima himself, although it was an automatic. Anyway, right now it seems there isn't any consistency to the mpg, so I will just have to keep an eye on it. I did register a complaint with Nissan, however. Thanks for your response, Phil.
#81 of 126 Re: 2008 Nissan Rogue gas mileage problem [medcook]
Sep 07, 2008 (2:02 pm)
I too have a bit of a heavy foot, so I've been taking that into consideration as I read these posts. The Rogue SL I drove had paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which would force the CVT to emulate a 6 speed. Interestingly, I noticed that when I shifted it out of that mode into full automatic at highway speed, it would actually shift to an even higher ratio than the "6th" gear of the manual mode, which means you need to be in "D" when crusing on the highway to get the best mileage. I will say this about the CVT in the Nissan, be it Rogue or Altima, it feels more like a 'normal' automatic than the unit Ford puts in the Escape/Mariner twins. I was also disappointed that they had no climate control. In fact, I would really prefer a dual zone. I have it in my truck; I'd think these vehicles would have that feature. Good luck with the mileage thing.
#82 of 126 Re: 2008 Nissan Rogue gas mileage problem [phil53]
Sep 22, 2008 (8:18 am)
which means you need to be in "D" when crusing on the highway to get the best mileage
apparently true - have observed 70 mph to be at approx 2200 rpm if the tranny is left in 'D' BUT over 2500 rpm in '6th' a significant difference that logically would effect FE. The CVT while it does take some getting used to, is phenomenally smooth in the Rogueand cetainly 'smoother' than any AT I've ever had in any car - really don't understand why anybody would want to paddle shift it - after all it is no 'sports car' and overiding the computer gear 'selections' hurts FE???
#83 of 126 "catching the draft"
Sep 23, 2008 (3:56 am)
just finished driving RT to Washington DC along I-95 about 300 miles. most of the trip, caught the "draft" of trucks. would not recommend this to everyone unless you have nerves of steel, quick reactions and someone to watch for state troopers to make sure that you don't get caught tailgating. but averaged about 30-34 mpg going about 70 mph. (don't know how truckers feel about this...having a little Rogue trailing them closely).
#84 of 126 Re: "catching the draft" [tamoshanter]
Sep 24, 2008 (4:04 am)
Well, truckers don't like tailgaters at all. If I were you I would stay away from truck stops. Seriously this is a very dangerous practice.
#85 of 126 Re: "catching the draft" [bdyment]
Sep 24, 2008 (6:58 am)
If I were you I would stay away from truck stops
yeah, no kidding - I think that those same truck stops might also have a different definition of 'justifiable homicide'
'drafting' (to be truly effective) requires that one follow any vehicle much too closely to be safe! They can and do write tickets for this kind of thing?
#86 of 126 Re: "catching the draft" [tamoshanter]
Sep 24, 2008 (9:54 am)
don't know how truckers feel about this...having a little Rogue trailing them closely
In addition to that little Rogue being a danger and an annoyance, any fuel savings that you might get out of it is coming at the expense of the trucker. It's tough enough for those guys to stay in business without having to shell out extra cash from their own pockets just so you can feel good about cutting your own fuel costs. Moreover, the rest of us end up paying more for the products they deliver. There is no free lunch.
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#87 of 126 Re: "catching the draft" [tidester]
Sep 24, 2008 (4:05 pm)
"In addition to that little Rogue being a danger and an annoyance, any fuel savings that you might get out of it is coming at the expense of the trucker."
I have not heard of this. The big rig is going to generate the suction behind the vehicle regardless - the same suction with a drafter as without. There is no magical connection back to the big rig, is there? Where did you read this?
My understanding is that the drafter is entering into the suction zone where the air came off the big rig. But that zone is always present...
The truck drivers don't like it because people follow too closely, and the drivers can't see them in the mirrors.
#88 of 126 Re: "catching the draft" [stevedebi]
Sep 24, 2008 (7:33 pm)
The big rig is going to generate the suction behind the vehicle regardless - the same suction with a drafter as without.
I'm afraid not. Flow patterns are changed and the truck has to do extra work. The notion of a perpetual motion machine still doesn't fly.
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#89 of 126 MPG Gauge Stuck!?!?!?!?
Oct 19, 2008 (8:30 am)
My Rogue, which is abt. 6 months old has been stuck on 23.7 MPG going uphill, downhill, city, hwy. etc. since the day I purchased it. Anyone running into this problem. Should I bring in for service, are most of you using these gauges for the mpg you are posting, or figuring manually?