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Nissan Versa Real World MPG



  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    BTW, I keep track of both my DIC (mileage computer display) mpg number AND calculate the mileage tank by tank, and the figures I used were based on my calculations, not the slightly optimistic DIC.
  • OK, we finally made it though our first tank. We have an SL w/ CVT. A little dissapointing at about 26.3 MPG in mostly "city" driving. I'll chalk it up to brand new car still in the break in period, and I can't be sure the dealer gave us a full tank. I'll post again down the road.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    Ummm the Versa does not have a MPG computer..
  • not sure what is going on...
    could please only people that have actual mileages post here? Fill up the tank, set the trip meter to zero... drive 300 miles, fill it up again and then calculate mileage..
    no more 1st tank readings where it is not certain if the tank was full..... no more mpg-meter readings (that obviously don't exist :-)
    if the mpg numbers stay the same as posted, that would be diappointing..
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    We got 29 mpg on the first tank and will report the second tank mileage today. I can't say we are disappointed but we were hoping to average 30 and hit mid thirties on the interstate. This may yet still happen.

    However, I am always skeptical when I read other mpg reports. One reason is that my wife drives with a heavy foot :P so these figures rarely apply to us. The other is that some people have no idea how to calculate mileage. I work with a man who swore to me his new Dodge Durango, loaded with wife, kids and luggage, averaged 26 mpg on vacation this year - no way, no how.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    Mileage dose vary no doubt about it, so far I am averaging 28 combined this is after 4 tanks. I don't race about and for the most part keep the RPMS under 3K around town from a standing start, on the freeway I usally average 70.

    In two week I'll be driving to San Diego from Phoenix so I'll have a good freeway mileage...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,881
    Don't be too quick to dismiss your co-worker's claim. I have averaged 25+ mpg in a '99 Grand Caravan with a big V6, loaded with people and luggage, on long trips. If the guy knows how to keep a light foot on the pedal and watched his speed, and almost all the miles were on the highway, it's possible albeit difficult.
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    That's the computer's instantaneous MPG readout, which could be from 0MPG and above. It all depends on throttle opening, and other extraneous inputs to the computer. Close the throttle, and I'll bet you see a very high MPG.

    Forget the computer . . . calculate MPG the old-fashioned way. There's is absolutely no way the Versa is gong to get 19.9MPG in real world driving - unless you sit at idle for long periods of time
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    We put 320 miles on the latest tank and averaged 27.12 mpg. We have a 6-speed S model and drive 60% interstate and 40% light two lane. Expected better averages although this is acceptable mileage for us. I'll be interested in seeing some averages from long freeway trips.........
  • oregoneoregone Posts: 11
    Versa SL manual:
    1st tank: 29.09 mpg
    2nd tank: 34.22 mpg
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    you want what is funny is, the VERSA does not come with a MPG computer... IF your car has one and its not a Versa PLEASE post that in your message so people don't get confused.

    Now regarding getting bad gas mileage, If someone hot dogs the car around town I beleive the versa would get 20 MPG...

    NEVER say NEVER...

  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    I usually like to eat lunch in my car parked in the shade at McDonalds with the AC on listening to the Sirius radio. I think that's the cause of my 25MPG numbers. I'm avoiding that for a week so as to get a more accurate picture of mileage. Will post later.

  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    I have had a Grand Caravan, as well, with the 3.3 V6. My wife averaged 16.6 MPG in the vehicle. Steady interstate travel at 70 yielded right at 22 for us with a light load.
    I am admittedly stubborn but will never believe a 4500 pound, V8 driven SUV with the aerodynamics of a barn and carrying a load of approximately 1,200 pounds will average 26 MPG anymore than my Titan would (it gets 13-14, by the way). Did his electronic display, at times, read 26? Maybe, but that is one instant in time and not a true average. Our Caravan display would read 70 MPG going down our driveway.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,881
    Did you ask him how fast he went? I'd get the 25+ mpg with the GCS at 60-65 mph, but it went below 25 over 65. Downhill, foot off the accelerator, the mpg meter used to hit 99 (the maximum).
  • gaboogaboo Posts: 4
    In a short-but-sweet press release Nissan announced that it is revising downward the estimated EPA combined city/highway gas mileage for its Xtronic CVT-equipped Versa sub-compact. The original estimate was 38 MPG , which has now fallen to 33 MPG . Nissan offered no explanation for the adjustment. All Versa models are powered by a 122-hp, 1.8L four-cylinder engine. :sick:
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    VERY interesting, I wonder what kind of fallout this well have for them. Since most people buy the Versa for the fuel saving it was to have given us....

    Tony :shades:
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    You can calculate and share your mileage at:

    The site will keep a log for you and include your figures in a total for that model and year for others to use and compare. No entries yet for the Versa.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,881
    That's a really old press release, several months old I think. That was back when Nissan announced an estimate of 38 mpg for the Versa before the EPA numbers came out.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    EXCUSE ME.... the window sticker has the EPA rating on them... My window sticker has 38 MPG and my car was sold 7-9-06, so how could this be SEVERAL months old ??

    BTW, the government is one who rates the EPA rating for the cars not the manufacture.. I wonder what made Nissan came out with the new numbers....

    Tony :shades:
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    I could not find the article but Backy is correct - this was revised well before any models were produced(seems like March/April?). Nissan, and others, routinely publish average city/highway MPG on their pre-model release publicity. These numbers were not met and revised downward - based on the final EPA figures, I'm sure.
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    We have an old 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan ES with a 3.3L V6 and 4 speed ECT. Regularly, and still do, get 26MPG on the highway heavily loaded in "vacation trim" with four adults and luggage on board. In town, the MPG drops down to around 16MPG.

    We're looking at a Versa SL to replace another car.
  • My Versa was purchased on 29 Jun 06 and the mpgs on the sticker are 30 and 36. Exceeded 36 only once. Am beating the 30 by 1-2 mpg.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    the 38 MPG was for the CVT model.

    Tony :shades:
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,019
    that might be true, but again my window sticker shows 30 city and 38 HWY..

    Tony :shades:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,881
    You are right, it was April:

    Gardena, CA - April 7, 2006: Nissan is revising downward its estimated EPA city/hwy mileage for Versa models. EPA mileage for CVT-equipped Versa models is 33 mpg combined, down from the previously announced 38 mpg estimate.

    Note that the correction was to the overall mpg estimate. Nissan said it would be 38 mpg before this announcement in April. That seemed high for a car with its weight and power. And it was.
  • I've had my base Versa w/ 6 speed for about a month. In various highway and city driving I've never gotten more than 29 mpg. Disapointed with the mpg.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    I wanna see your sticker. Mine said 30/36 and I have the CVT. I don't beleive you.
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    Can't speak to Tony's window sticker, obviously. The CVT models here in the S.E. USA showed up rated 30/36 on the window when we were shopping. As noted before, we bought a 6-speed S which was rated 30/34 and has gotten 29 and 27 on the first two tanks.
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    Sorry I commented on the Dodge's on a Versa forum and this will be my last comment. The acquantice I spoke of drives a new, V8 Durango SUV 2WD which is rated 14/19 AT BEST. I think we all realize the EPA numbers are rarely,if ever, met in the real world. I am not questioning a sole here but I would find it a fanciful dream to average 26 MPG in the S.E., in July, with the ac running and five people and their luggage on board. Most individuals who make these claims are reading one instant in time over the digital display, not a true average. This has always been the basis of my skepticism regarding others MPG averages - that and not filling the tank to the very top.
    Now, back to our regularly scheduled topic........
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