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Nissan Versa Real World MPG



  • mac444mac444 Posts: 9
    MPG ratings might not be the figure that is most important when comparing small cars. The Versa has the strongest engine of most subcompacts but only costs about $100 more per year in gasoline compared to the highest MPG rated Toyota Yaris. ($14.45 per week for the Yaris compared to $16.38 for the Versa). I would take the Versa any day!

    From New York Newsday. (

    How much are you paying to drive to work? Data below compare eight fuel-efficient vehicles with the 2006 Ford Explorer, based on a 30-mile daily round-trip commute, 150 miles weekly.

    VEHICLE: EPA mpg - City - Gallons - Cost
    mileage estimate (mpg) used

    Toyota Yaris: 34 mpg - 4.8 gal - $14.45 per week

    Honda Fit: 31 mpg - 4.8 gal - $15.85 per week

    Nissan Versa: 30 mpg - 5.0 gal - $16.38 per week

    Kia Rio: 29 mpg - 5.2 gal - $16.95 per week

    Hyundai Accent: 28 mpg - 5.4 gal - $17.55 per week

    Chevrolet Aveo: 26 mpg - 5.8 gal - $18.90 per week

    Hyundai Elantra: 24 mpg - 6.2 gal - $20.47 per week

    Toyota Camry: 24 - 6.2 - $20.47 per week

    Ford Explorer: 15 mpg - 10.0 gal - $32.76 per week

    NOTE: Cost is based on Wednesday's AAA average price of $3.276 for regular unleaded; estimates are for automatic transmissions. Toyota Camry data are for four-cylinder model; Ford Explorer data are for six-cylinder, four-wheel drive model.
  • standepuystandepuy Posts: 23
    I tried out the Versa Hatchback (with CVT) and while driving back to the Dealer the MPG display was 19.9 at 40 MPH. How is the car ever going to get 30MPG? :confuse:
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    Interesting, what display showed you MPG ?
  • doromachidoromachi Posts: 21
    Driving on Rural and City, about 50% each, I got 33.4 on the last tank. I drive very conservative. I don't care to know how fast it will move nor how fast it will run.
    Planning to take a 300 mile trip soon, all interstate. That should give me a good hi-way reading.

    Like the Versa more each day. No bother to me but has anyone noticed that there is no ash tray or lighter in the vehicle?
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    I am unaware of a digital mileage display in the Versa - does anyone posting here have one in theirs? Of course, ours is an S-model but the catalog/website does not mention this, either. Our first tank (with my heavy-footed wife driving) averaged 29 mpg with the 6-speed and mostly two-lane driving.
  • voltronguyvoltronguy Posts: 10
    That was the either the trip meter or odometer. The first time I drove one I thought it might be MPG too. If it was the odometer snatch that car up!!
  • standepuystandepuy Posts: 23
    ooops - I asked the salesman if that was the the MPG and he said yes (if I'd gone a few more tenths I would have figured it out on my own). It is the trip reading. my mistake. ;)
  • standepuystandepuy Posts: 23
    I'm waiting to see the sedan which won't be out until January 2007 (according to a local Sacramento dealer) but with all the raves about the hatchback I had to give it a try. Hope the nice ride and quietness holds up during the life of the car. Some of the ads for the Versa show a Golden color but it must be the lighting in the photograph.
    The colors are limited - (no gold, just the basics). :mad:
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    Ok I was wondering there for a minute..
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    When I test drove Chevy Cobalts, all the cars' computers showed between 14-16 mpg. That was based on nothing but off-the-lot short test drives. My actually Cobalt (also a stick shift) delivers 33-34 mpg on my commute and gave me 37 mpg on a trip to Yosemite.

    It's all about the driving patterns.

    (And keep in mind the gas mileage isn't an "instantaneous read" its the average mpg since the computer was last re-set.)

    (If you want to ballpark your future freeway mileage- figure out how to do this BEFORE you pull away from the dealer's lot - reset the mpg computer when you first get on the freeway. Of course the numbers will be absurdly high until you get off the freeway and drive the few blocks back to the dealer, whereupon the numbers will "settle down" to a more realistic level. CITY DRIVING is the big gas mileage killer, and it doesn't take much to beat down otherwise excellent freeway cruising 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 at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    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 at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    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: 18,618
    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.........
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