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Nissan Versa Real World MPG



  • patrevopatrevo Posts: 4
    Versa SL 6sp hb 2008, 2500 miles

    377.17 miles for 10.57 gallons 35.68 mpg
    Mostly highway 60 mph. I work 30 miles from home.
    I accelerate without passing 2200 rpm.
  • Your idiot light doesn't come on 'till you hit about 415 miles?? That's got to be the best mpg of any Versa out there.

    Can you remind me which Versa you have?

    I've got a 07 HB with CVT (about 7000 miles on it) and I thought I was doing good with my best numbers being 29mpg town and 37mpg hwy (all flat terrain, near sea level (East Coast)). To see how driving style might change the mpg, I drove a lot more aggressively on my last tank (mostly town, some very short hwy)... quick take-offs from lights, getting up to speed faster, punching it more... etc... basically having a lot more fun. :-) I managed 28.4 doing that. So not much less than when I drive conservatively.

    FWIW, I always wait until the light goes on before I fill up. I also let the pump run full speed until I hit about 9 gallons. Then I stop it and run it real slow. Then at the first click, I remove the nozzle.
  • wxwatcherwxwatcher Posts: 1
    You guys think you got hosed, I bought the car in August 2006. The sticker mileage then was 37MPG highway. By the time 2007 rolled around that number was hanged to 33 MPG. Talk about false advertising. I was getting about 27 miles per gallon until recently. I moved down to Florida and for some reason I am getting between 32-33 miles a gallon down here. I had the dealer run multiple diagnostic and everytime they said the engine was fine. Needless to say the dealer has also said essentially "sorry the sticker was that then now its this and tough luck". Over all I like the car but feel that they still owe me something.
  • winkie733winkie733 Posts: 14
    Do you have a HB or sedan? I get the feeling from reading the blogs that HB Versas get better mileage due to their more aerodynamic design and lower drag coefficient. I have a sedan and can't break the 26 mpg barrier regardless of the type of driving I do. And, I've had the dealer run diagnostic tests and check for leaks. The good news is that I will eventually move from Philadephia to Florida in retirement, so maybe, like you, I'll start getting better mileage. Here's hoping.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    If you are going to complain to someone, it should be the EPA. They are the ones who run the FE tests that are posted on the window stickers (which Nissan and every other automaker is required by law to do in the U.S.), and they are the ones who changed the way they calculate the estimated FE numbers starting with the 2008 MY. They did it to make their estimates closer to what people get in the real world.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I second that, backy.

    It isn't just Nissan... look at the EPA website to see that all vehicles were affected; some by larger margins than the Versa.
  • patrevopatrevo Posts: 4
    366 miles for 9.97 gallons on supreme gas.
    I average 35 mpg with regular.
    I do like to try supreme gas on my cars. With my Ford Focus 2002, i save at least 10% of gas on supreme gas. In the winter though there is no difference.
    62 mph on highway.
    I work on evenings, no traffic.
    I do some city driving maybe 10% of my driving.
    I love the car more and more, confortable for a small car.
  • I am sorry, but would Nissan not mandate Supreme if the reward is getting 10% higher mileage?

    Why don't you try to drive the same stretch of highway twice, the first time using Supreme and the second time using Regular. Make sure the weather, traffic, time of the day and speed are the same. But wait, that is not possible, isn't it?
    It is very hard to duplicate driving conditions in order to isolate the cause of better mileage.

    I could swear that every time I put new synthetic oil in my car I save at least 10%, if not more. Reality is that for some reason I tend to be a little easier on the gas and that is all it takes to get better mileage.
  • jkev2jkev2 Posts: 2
    I have read some of the hypermileage techniques including putting the car into neutral when going down hill. Does this put additional stress on a CVT to say shift into drive from neutral at say 40 - 50 mph. Sounds like an easy way to squeeze a litle more MPG out of the car but I don't want to damage the trannie. Thanks for the help.
  • winkie733winkie733 Posts: 14
    I've complained in this forum about not getting advertised mileage (26-33mpg) in my 97 Versa auto with CVT. However, at last fill-up, I put in 89 octane and, this is probably more important, I controlled the nozzle by putting the gas in SLOWLY. I've heard that when you put gas in quickly, it evaporates and gets sucked back out of your car, which means you are paying for gas you are not getting. So far, i've driven @ 90 miles and the gauge is hardly off the full mark. Ordinarily it would be down to the 3/4 full mark. The care seems to run smoother on 89 octane too. Here's hoping my final mpg improves. I'll keep you all posted at next fill-up.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I've heard about this technique before and still think it's one of the more dangerous things I've ever heard of anyone doing. Doesn't exactly sound like a smart thing to do to remove your abilty to be able to accelerate if you need to.


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  • jkev2jkev2 Posts: 2
    Yes, I agree that at the wrong place and time its a dangerous thng t do. But what are the mechanical drawbacks to coasting with a CVT
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Plus coasting downhill in neutral is illegal in at least some states... probably because it is so dangerous.
  • pixel1pixel1 Posts: 14
    Just completed an 1838-mile trip through Idaho, parts of Montana, and Oregon in our '07 Versa SL w/CVT and used 50.85 gallons for an overall 36.1 MPG. Most driving was on 2-lane rural roads averaging 50-60 mph, with around 25% interstate at 60-70 mph. Only used AC for maybe 100 miles. We're really pleased with the mileage and performance, and now have over 19,000 miles on the car.
  • patrevopatrevo Posts: 4
    428.7 miles
    12.35 gallons
    I was trying to get 700 kms (435) with a tank. I was a little to close to a empty tank. I got into the traffic for one trip ( 1/2 hour of traffic ).
    A lot of highway ( 62 mph ).
  • patrevopatrevo Posts: 4
    402.6 miles
    11.05 gallons
    30% City and stop and go.
    The gaz light wasn't on before i filled.
  • rcosrcos Posts: 4
    I drive at sea level, in 60-ish temps, and fill with 87 regular. I saw no difference using premium, so save the 50c per gallon for more important things. Since I received this 4sp auto 2008 hatchback six months ago, I have gotten the following mileage (Canadian car):

    liters km's l/100km mpg

    43.0 430 10.0 28.2
    45.4 367 12.4 22.8
    44.0 440 10.0 28.2
    44.6 422 10.6 26.7
    45.3 415 10.9 25.9
    46.4 435 10.7 26.5
    43.2 425 10.2 27.8
    19.9 241 8.3 34.2

    The last figure is the only pure highway rating, but driven twice over a 7500ft mountain pass during the trip. The rest are 20% highway numbers.
    I measure tank to tank, and always fill to the second click, so these should be accurate. I would peg this car at 25/36 under my local conditions.
    I have to admit I too was disappointed at the ratings compared to the misleading sticker of 33/45. But, as was pointed out before, the room, power and comfort of this small car are very pleasing. Compared to the 2.5s 4sp auto 2005 Altima we also own, this car feels much less heavy (duh:) and gets 4 mpg better overall. (and 20 better than the 77 mustang :)
  • g35johng35john Posts: 12
    I just achieved 35 mpg on my 08 SL CVT hatchback. Thats including 30% stop and go traffic in Los Angeles.
  • winkie733winkie733 Posts: 14
    Hello all. Well, it's only taken me 9300 miles in my 07 Versa SL sedan with CVT to finally get decent mileage. Today I got 29.3 mpg! And, no changes in driving habits were involved. I have even been running the AC. Up to now, my best mpg was just under 26. If I can keep it at 29 or even push it to 30 I'll be a happy Versa owner. Hopefully this is not a fluke.
  • 206 miles
    5.4 gallons

    I have a 2008 SL hatchback with CVT. I drove it off the lot yesterday with 12 miles on the odometer and a "full tank" to stay with family overnight (I got a really good price buying out of state) about 15 miles away. Today I drove the odometer to 218 miles from NH to Maine over a heavily rolling landscape with very heavy rain for about 40 miles (thus 206 since leaving the lot). I refilled the tank (with a top-off) at 5.4 gallons near Bangor. I ran the air conditioner off and on during the rainy period to help defog the windows (about 20 min). Outside air temperature was about 71F. About 15-20% of my mileage was in-town driving and the rest would be reasonably classified as highway. My mileage, assuming the tank was similarly topped-off by the dealership - which is probably a conservative estimate) was thus 38.14 mpg without any break-in period! As a late season 2008 my car had the EPA mileage estimate of 2/33 mpg highway so I am extremely pleased with my actual mileage.

    Keep in mind that I set the cruise control to 60 mph because I didn't want to be too rough on the car during the break-in phase. I've heard a lot of rumors that the key to sucking the most mileage out of the CVT is to use cruise control and I have to say it works.

    Am I wildly optimistic to think that with a break-in period I could reach 40 mpg? I have to say that I am more than willing to drive a 60mph if that is some sort of sweet spot for mileage (my rpms held just below 2k for almost all of the highway time).

    Awesome car for the money!
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