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Nissan Versa Real World MPG

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
edited April 7 in Nissan
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  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    Ok people this has been a while coming...

    I figured out 26, but before the FIT people point fingers at us and say, WE GET BETTER mileage then you... The FITS will get better mileage period.. But also this tank also includes all the tests drives that the sales people took in.

    Currently I have gone 137 miles on alittle more then a 1/4 tank. When I filled up the needle was at alittle less then a 1/4 of tank and it took 10.3 gallon to fill up. So basically I'm averageing about 32 MPG and that is a mix of 50/50, highway and city. I am haing a hard time keeping the car under 75 on the freeway... With that said, this second tank is getting far better then the first.

    Tony :shades:
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    the only way to figure true gas mileage is to be sure you started with a full tank and fill it to the same level... then divide the mileage you drove by the gallons you used to fill up.
    from what i understand, you aren't sure the car started with a full tank of gas.
    estimating gas usage by seeing how far the fuel level dropped is not accurate.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    When I took delivery of the car it had 75 miles on it, and was showing little less then full tank. But I'm sue those first 75 miles weren't driven with ease as the saleman were out driving the car.. So the first tank really didn't cound.

    The current tank, I filled up took 10.3 gallon of a 13.3 tank. So every 1/4 mark on the fuel gauage is roughly 3.5 gallons. So i ROUGHLY figured out that I'm currently getting 32 MPG. But wont know offically until next week when I have to refill it.

    Tony :shades:
  • I now have more than 1000 miles on my Versa SL with CVT. All with the A/C on and most going fast between OKC and Dallas. The cruise works great and holds 80 mph up and down the hills. Less than 30 mpg, but that is expected at that speed. Level ground the rpm is about 2800 @ 80. Goes up to about 3500 up hill, but a very smooth transition. Much more comfortable and quiet than the Scion xA I was driving. My only concern is that the A/C isn't as cold as I expected, but it has been over 100 here since I got the Versa last Wednesday. I'm taking it in tomorrow for an inspection of the A/C to make sure.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    regarding the AC I live here in Phoenix and we have been beween 112-113 and my AC works perfectly.... So far my mileage has been in the mid 30's..

    Tony
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    Ok people just finished my first tank.. 328 miles and it took 11.6 Gallons to fill up, basically 29 MPG, which is much less then I was expecting... I have 557 total miles on the car. The fuel light went on, so I had abount 1.5 gallons left before running out (tank holds 13.3 gallons) I'm hoping the MPG picks up, On this tank I was very good on not trying to be ricky racer in the car, I tried to keep the revs down before 3K driving around town and keep the car at about 70 on the freeway. Now this is with he A/C on all the time, here in Pheonix it has been 110+....

    Only time well tell.

    Tony ;)
  • My Versa is at the dealership as we speak for two reasons: I still don't think the a/c is working as well as it should, and there is a "rattle" under my dash.

    Since you are in Phoenix and it is even hotter than here, do you leave the sliding knob pushed to the right for recirculating the air inside, or do you ever let it mix with outside air by sliding it to the left? The service dep't guy said I should keep it in "recirculate" mode all the time, but that is not what the owner's manual says on page 4-5. Its says for quick cooling you move the lever to the recirculate position, but..."be sure to return to the circulate position for normal cooling." The dealership service guy maintains that the owner's manual is wrong and that all Nissans work his way. That has never been my experience with previous Nissans or any other car I've owned. What do you think?
  • doromachidoromachi Posts: 21
    I think the guy at the Dealer is full of it! Yours is a new vehicle but there have been instances that people have become victims of carbon monoxide poisoning because they did not let fresh air into their vehicle while a exhaust leak was somewhere it would get into the car. Odors will linger and air will become stale with out refreshing.

    Sure it's hot there and one will cool quicker if it uses the same air for a while. We in West Texas have a problem like yours. I think, "put on recirculate at full speed. Open a window about halfway to let as much hot air escape as possible and when you begin to feel the cool air from the vents, close the window. After a minute or so, return to normal cooling." Works for me.

    It does require longer periods of time to completely cool a vehicle with outside air because not only are you attempting to cool the inside but you have to cool the hot air coming in before it gets to you. Modern A/Cs are designed to do this.

    Buy a inexpensive meat thermo, one with a 3-4 inch shaft with a dial on top. Drop it into one of the vent outlets. Drive around a while. If at open road speeds the air does not settle in a about 40 - 44 degrees it's not working! Slower speeds the compressor is not as efficient. Freon - 12 was much better than the R134 at slow speeds.

    Don't let that/those guys snow you. Prove it to them that it's not working with a Thermo as described above. :(
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    I keep the knob to the right "Recirulate" I can leave the car outside in the sun for a few hours get into the car, and by 5 minutes the inside is cooled down to a comfortable temp, by 10 minutes I need to turn the fan down to #3 or I start to freeze.... Our 05 Altima is the same, a very good A/C...

    Tony :shades:
  • Now I have 1300 miles on my red Versa SL. A/C problem was a non-problem. Rattle was a fiction of "pike pass" hitting the rear view mirror.

    Another 400 miles down and back from OKC to near Dallas in 100 degree heat was easy breezy. Cruise set on 80, very quiet and stable. MPG suffers at that speed, but still got almost 30.

    Couldn't be happier with the Versa.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    Today was 118 here in PHX and was out driving my car, and couldn't be happier with the A/C...

    Tony :shades:
  • wulybugrwulybugr Posts: 19
    Have been reading Versa Blogs for almost a year. The car is now out but no blogs report REAL MPG. all are just guesses. No actual owner fill-ups and check. I think I want a versa, but need MPG input before I order one.
    Wulybugr
  • doromachidoromachi Posts: 21
    I have put two tanks through my Versa. Did a lot of spot checking before using a full tank to compare. First one was 28.X and the second was 31.X. (forgot the tenths). I drive about 20 to 25 miles per day. They are about equal as to City (small one) and Suburban which is 45MPH max and several stop signs.

    Have not had a long Interstate or major hi-way run. My guess would be a 26-28 in a major traffic situation. Low thirties for small town/rural area.

    Hopes this helps. It is a super ride, quiet as the Grouch's Avalon on the road with more room in the back seat for knees and feet. If it holds up mechanically I'm going to be well satisfied.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    well I think if you go back to the beginning of this suject you well see a couple people, including myself post REAL WORLD NUMBER...

    Tony
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    The service dep't guy said I should keep it in "recirculate" mode all the time, but that is not what the owner's manual says on page 4-5. Its says for quick cooling you move the lever to the recirculate position, but..."be sure to return to the circulate position for normal cooling."

    Personally, I just leave my Maxima in recirculate full-time during the "dog days" of summer. Once it starts to cool down in Sept/Oct, I'll turn off recirc until the next summer. I think the problem with leaving recirc on year-round is that after awhile, mildew starts to form (from the condensation) which of course makes the air reek.
  • tadatada Posts: 4
    I have a little over 800 miles now. My first tank was 29 mpg. My second tank was 29 mpg. All city driving - I commute 43 miles each way in Denver traffic. Next tank should be better - more highway driving. I hope the 6 speed can at least get mileage in the 30s.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    I just topped up my second fill up since buying the Vers SL with CVT last Tuesday. I got 323 miles, put in 12.5 gal (filled til it spilled out). So that's 25.84 MPG. I live 12 miles from where I work and it's all interstate. Very little in-town driving. Had the air conditioner on for every mile (won't turn it off 'til October probably). There was at least an hour's worth of sitting in the car idling while fiddling with the SIRIUS radio and setting up the blue-tooth phonebook. Gas is $2.94 here right now so it's still almost $40 to fill up. Oh well, it still beats my V6 sable which never got above 20MPG.

    The car has 637 miles now so it should be through it's break-in period. Maybe the next tank will be better, I'll post again next week.

    Ben
  • herrkaleuherrkaleu Posts: 62
    I was thinking buying hte versa...
    but after seeing your mpg values, I hesitate. My Mazda 3 -5 door gets 25-28 mpg in city like driving (all around Madison, WI), and that car is larger and has 160 hp...
    kind of disappointed with all your numbers. I expected more. maybe after breaking in it gets better.

    At work we have 2 honda Fit (automatic) and they get 32-35 mpg in city driving (I work for the city of Madison, so they never really leave city boundaries). Once on a long trip to an exhibition I had one of the fit and got 38 mpg driving 75 mph.

    Just for compariosn, maybe someone comes up with better numbers for the versa.
  • doromachidoromachi Posts: 21
    Before making a final decision believe you should ride and drive a Versa.

    I own a Versa with CVT. The first fill I got an unbelievable 38+ on a 127 mile run. Had a tail wind about 30 mph. Was anxious to see what it did.

    Since then with a combo of rural/city about 28-30 was the best. Have not had a chance to get a true interstate/major hi way run.

    The car is unbelievable quiet on the road, handling is great, and the seats as comfortable as a car costing in the 20 grand category.

    If mpg is your only concern, the Fit or maybe the Yaris is the way to go. If you want a quality car, with room to spare inside, upscale upholstery, radio, etc., you should certainly consider a Versa. Just sit in the seat of a versa then the Fit and Yaris and consider which one you would like to spend a few hours in.

    There is more than gas mileage to consider in purchasing a vehicle. Again, if mpg is your only consideration, skip the Versa. If you are after quality, and and comfort go Versa.
  • mac444mac444 Posts: 9
    My wife and I stopped at the grocery store last night and we had several small bags of groceries. Since we were both at the back of the car, my wife was able to unlock the hatch since she was close enough to my key that was in my pocket. Keyless entry is great and it is standard (here in Beijing) on the Versa/Tiida. Take the Versa for a ride and you might forget to ask about the mpg. The other features are very compelling.
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