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Nissan Maxima Real World MPG



  • cmyawncmyawn Posts: 48
    I have a 2007 Maxima SE, and I get about 23 mpg in mixed-use driving so far (only on my 4th tank). I have a slight problem in that the low fuel light comes on and the "DTE" (Distance to empty) on the computer warns I am nearly out of fuel, but when I fill up it only takes about 16 gallons (and the tank is spec'd to hold 20 gallons).

    Is this behavior typical? I am used to other vehicles where the DTE is very accurate. Is there an adjustment that can be made at the dealership to improve the accuracy?

  • alexstorealexstore Posts: 264
    First thing first. Never drive in low gas, dangerous.
    I had similar situation and even though it was showing 40 miles left in 26 mpg (hey it was new. I can get 30-35 in highway driving alone) a full tank was about 14.5 gallons.
    DTE is estimate so if I were you , i will fill up @ 1/2-1/3 of tank.
  • I just bought a 2007 Maxima SE with 20,000 miles on it. It was a rental with 20K on it and sold for 21,900, a great price. But the first time the gas tank light was showing Empty and I filled it up, it only held 14 gallons. I'm scared. Did they stick a Sentra tank in by mistake? Is the gas tank guage so innacurate? I'm somewhat comforted to see that others like you have a similar problem. If you've found any tenable explanations, let me know.

    Jeff McMahon
    Torrance, CA
  • alexstorealexstore Posts: 264
    When I go for fill up, depending on a gas station, I get different amount of gas. My assumption to be on safe side , Nissan decided to have low fuel indication on empty while you have 3 gallons in your tank. If I were you, I would never allow my car to be low on gas. The lowest, I try to avoid is being at 3/4. I Usually fill up @ 1/2 tank or more.
  • debatingdebating Posts: 14
    ....stack up against the Maxima? With the base engine or the 3.5? Reliability and satisfaction with the car?

    Curious, we have a 2000 SE Maxima that still impresses. But quite frankly the Altima fits our needs better today, and I like the looks of the new Altima better.
  • Good advice. But I'm going to have the gas gauge checked since there should not be a six-gallon disparity. The car gets leather put in this week and they're going to check the gauge. I suspect it needs to be fixed.
  • I bought a 2007 Maxima 3 days ago but my intention was to buy a 2007 Altima. However, after driving them both, I realized the Altima felt cheap compared to the luxury of the Maxima. I bought my 2007 rental Maxima for 21,900, so I recommend getting an almost-new Maxima (you can get low mile ones for low 20s) over a new Altima.
  • craig777craig777 Posts: 4
    Hello... My name is Craig.. I live in Santa Monica ..

    I happened to read your posting...I have been wanting to have an extended test drive in the 2007 maximum ...

    You mentioned that you had bought your maximum from a local car rental place ?

    Could you please tell me the name and location of the car rental place so that I might rent a car for a day or two to really get a good feel for it..

    Thanks for your assistance ...
  • Craig, The Power Nissan Torrance dealership acquired the rental car. It was a 2007 with 20,000 miles. I don't think you will have to find a rental car to get a similar price. You should be able to find an 05 or 06 Maxima with low miles in the low 20K range. You will see several with these specs on I recommend leather as cloth seats retain odors and are hard to keep clean. The car rides like a Lexus GS for half the price. You do compromise on gas mileage however. You'll get high teens in town and mid twenties on the freeway.

    Best luck,

  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    The trip computer for Altimas or Maximas will consistently give you faulty information regarding MPG. Do it yourself. Most likely, you'll be disappointed. My trip computer (2002 Maxima) consistently says I'm getting 24-29 mpg but I've never done better than 24 (okay 23.7) when actually computing it. The low fuel warning is skittish since I've driven on what I thought was fumes and have never put more than 17 gallons in my 18.5 gallon tank.
  • Thanks for the valuable info. My 07 Maxima holds 20 gallons and my first fill it only held 14.

    How's your automatic seat? When going forward, I have to lift my butt a little or else it's stuck. But going backwards, I don't have this problem.
  • windy6windy6 Posts: 57
    I just checked my TRUE mileage, 165 miles, nothing but in town, average trip about 6 miles, 18.2 MPG on 87 Octane.

    On a recent trip to and from Austin to Denver I realized after my first two fill-ups that driving my "normal" 75-77 MPH wasn't going to get me there a day earlier, since it's a total of 935 miles door to door. Deciding to see what I could "milk" out of this by dropping my speed to 65 +/- was a very pleasant experience. Especially as this was the week that gas was going from $2.80 up to $3.00/gallon.

    Two tanks at higher speed; 24.4 MPG.
    4 tanks (actually 4 fill-ups on all highway) averaged 30.3 MPG.

    BTW, those "all highway only include about 175 miles of Interstate, the rest is 2 lane and 4 lane with a fair amount of smallish towns mixed in. Pretty nice cost savings.

    If we all did this we could take some real money out of the pockets of the sheikhs.

  • Hello, I also have a 2007 Maxima. I found the fuel problem the first time I filled the tank. I took it back to the dealer and they said that was normal. I plan to complain to Nissan. I suspect they put the Altima sending unit in the Maxima to save money. (the Altima has a 15.9 gallon tank). I'll post Nissans response.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Craig, I live in Tampa, Florida and I have been able to request certain cars to drive as rentals at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. I've rented Nissan Muranos in the past. It helps that the location where I usually rent from is across the street from a Nissan dealership also. So you might want to give your nearest Enterprise Rent-A-Car location a call and see if they might be able to assist you. Good luck!
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    2006 Maxima SL

    Recent trip from Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach yielded 28.5 MPG at 75 MPH including some distances through mountainous terrain. Level land actually got me around 29 MPG. I typically do mostly city driving in high traffic conditions and struggle to average 18.5 MPG so I was very pleasantly surprised.

    As for trip computer DTE and fuel guage, I have the same issues and have just learned to deal with it. I consistently get only 16 gallons when both show as being dead empty. I agree that this was most likely done on purpose so that a mis-read by the system doesn't run someone empty and most likely was done after some testing of the tolerance interval of the computer's measurement accuracy. It's hard not to keep that in the back of your head and run it down further sometimes.
  • anyone have the real world numbers for the 2009 Nissan Maxima?
  • go_mdx1go_mdx1 Posts: 135
    I've got an 2009 Maxima. 4000 miles on it. I've had it since August and love it!! Overall, my average has been around 22mpg (combined city/highway). If I go on a road trip, I average between 27 to 28 mpg.
  • andy211andy211 Posts: 1
    I just got a 2007 Maxima SL this weekend. I observed the same thing with my first two fill-ups; when the gauge shows nearly empty, the DTE shows 60+ miles and 14 to 15 gallons will fill up the tank. I suspect it's just Nissan being overly conservative to cut us drivers some slack.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Agree, I've never gotten more than 16.5 gals in my 2006
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    wow, that is pretty good gas mileage considering there are 290hp under that hood; I've been getting just about the same mileage in my 2010 max; guess you have to thank the CVT for that!! will never get gas mileage like that in a G37 sedan!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I was just curious what kind of gas mileage people are getting on their 2009 or 2010 Maxima? not too many people with 09 or 10 Max's have commented on their MPG and I was curious if people are using regular or premium gasoline? my nissan dealer told me I had to use premium in the max and that I could only get away with regular if I had the Altima V6
  • My Wifes' 2009 Maxima has been averaging around 21.5 mpg on premium. Her typical day is a 7 mile commute in town with numerous stops and starts. I have almost the same commute with my 2009 Mazda6 V6 and only get around 19.5 mpg. We both drive the same driving style. I actually drive a little more conservative with my car and still can't get any better in town mileage. Oh well.
  • tracguytracguy Posts: 28
    I get 22-23 on 30 mile commute half on the expressway and the rest city streets. I get about 27 on highway trips (about 250 miles each way 2/3 of which is mountains)
    It has been very consistent over 10,000 miles I have put on it.
  • Wow! You guys are getting great MPG. I am from NYC, I drive my car mostly in the city, I have about 1400 miles on the car. I barely get like 16-17 MPG in the city, 21 MPG mixed City and Highway. I never tested all highway MPG. Infact, I didnt really go on any road trips yet. I will keep you guys posted.
  • My 1997 Maxima SE has 147k miles on it. Avg 31.7 MPG on a recent all highway trip, I locked the cruise control at 60mph the whole way, or as much as possible. Total trip with only about 5% suburban was 498 miles. Filled in 15.7 gallons. (16 gal tank).

    Same trip doing 80 almost all the way, probably was about 22-23 mpg.

    60 is hard to do these days on the inst 95 btwn NJ and VA. But is sure saves on gas. I wonder if could stretch it more at 55mph, but I'm afraid I am going to get rear ended by a crazy, speeding, trucker! damn they are ruthless...

    Still, I think near 32 mpg for a 6 cyl car with near 150k miles on it is pretty good. And those 150k miles have been a extremely varied mix of miles and driving styles. (oil has bout 3k on it at the time).

    Now if i get a little 4 cyl jobbie, can i get 50~60,...ohhh.
  • easypareasypar ColoradoPosts: 192
    Great job there gd420. I've often done the same on my 03, in fact I'm pretty sure I've got a post on here from last year when I was making a lot of round trips between Austin TX and Ft. Collins CO.

    I don't think you'd do any better at 55, in fact you might not see a drop off if you kicked it up to about 62/63 MPH.

    Keep up the good work.
  • gs42gs42 Posts: 54
    2009 Maxima. Worst tank 23.2. The car has 9100 miles and is driven carefully. State highways with lower speed limits usually will return over 30 mpg while interstates at 70-75 will be in the 27 range. Best tank 31.2. Got to keep your foot out of it! My driving is largely rural and highway.

    The big frontal area pushes a lot of air and affects higher speed mileage, imo. To interstate drive with the wind will do 29 plus and will be in the 26's coming back into it.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    edited March 2010
    you would not believe what I've just got man the other day playing around with the cruise control! I filled up with Shell Premium and right by the gas station and my house is about a 9 mile stretch of open US highway; so after filling up, I cleared out all the trip computers, avg mpg, etc and went out on this open stretch!

    I put the cruise control on the whole 9 miles doing about 60-65mph and I was getting a 37-38mpg reading on my trip screen; when I turned around, I drove the 9 mile stretch back without the cruise control and used a light foot and got 32-33mpg without the cruise on! the trip mpg reading has typically been off by 1 mpg less then what I manually calculate from the trip and pump reading so even if that is the case, the mpg with the cruise is absolutely ridiculous!

    apparently, the CVT loves cruise control!!! my avg mpg without using cruise has been 21-22mpg avg so I'm hoping if I start using the cruise control a lot I can improve my avg up to 24 or 25mpg!!! here is to hoping!!!

    Here is a tip guys, if you want the best gas mileage out of your 7th Gen Maxima, use the cruise control as much as possible :shades:
  • gs42gs42 Posts: 54
    I have seen owners state that they can beat the cruise control mileage. I can't. Just took a 102 mile trip to South Bend, Indiana and got 33.4 on the way up...slight tailwind. State and US highways with a max speed of 60 with some traffic lights and stop signs. I had good luck timing them and a very light foot when accelerating.

    Coming back the same route with more traffic and a slight headwind returned "only" 30.5. The cvt is amazing! Those who get bad mileage have a heavy foot.

    I got only 25.6 on the last tank of an 850 mile trip last week because the cruise was set at 77 and there was a headwind. These babies push a lot of air.
  • nystarnystar Posts: 28
    Hi guys,

    Bought new Maxima 2 weeks ago did reset the MPG moremthan once and still getting 12 MPG Avg max !!

    Is that normal, the trip computer is not showing more than that" any advise ?

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