2016 Nissan Versa SV Fuel Mileage Update

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  1. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    451.4 miles, 8.075 gallons, 55.901 MPG. New stats:

    Fuel Cost $825.99
    Gallons 383.273
    Miles 19021.7
    Cost Mile .0434
    Ave. MPG 49.630
    Tank MPG 55.901
    G. Saved 176.189
    Free Miles 5990.4
    EPA +45.970%
    Tank +64.415% EPA
     
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  2. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I filled up again Sunday afternoon. I'd been 444.4 miles and took 8.213 gallons for 54.109 MPG. I drove approximately 12-15 miles in funeral procession on this tank so that cut into mileage a little and there was a little a/c usage on this tank. As a normal rule I don't use a/c until the temperature and humidity are unbearable since I like the fresh air of having my windows down. The Versa just hit 30K miles on this tank. I gave the CVT a fluid drain/fill and new filters at 029993 miles to try to keep it happy for years to come. Here are the new stats:

    Fuel Cost $847.34
    Gallons 391.486
    Miles 19466.1
    Cost Mile .0435
    Ave. MPG 49.724
    Tank MPG 54.109
    G. Saved 181.046
    Free Miles 6155.6
    EPA +46.246%
    Tank +59.145% EPA
     
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I use approx 330 gallons of gas a year , but I have yet to "save" any of it.

    I burn every drop.
     
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  4. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    New record high tank, 58.908 MPG.

    Fuel Cost $872.94
    Gallons 401.488
    Miles 20055.3
    Cost Mile .0435
    Ave. MPG 49.952
    Tank MPG 58.908
    G. Saved 188.374
    Free Miles 6404.7
    EPA +46.919%
    Tank +73.259% EPA
     
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    58.9 MPG sounds pretty good to me !
     
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Outstanding! Good work, Ford Man!
     
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  7. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I was slightly disappointed when I saw the actual numbers. My Ultra Gauge was showing 59.7 MPG. Not disappointed with 58.9 MPG just that my Ultra gauge was off by that much. I don't remember the exact numbers on the factory display but know it was showing over 65 MPG.
     
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  8. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    The Versa was due an oil change this week so instead of using the 15 year old Citgo Supergard 10w40 I've been using this time around I decided to use some 15 year old Pennzoil Platinum 10w30 I had in the garage to see if it makes any difference in fuel efficiency but since it's already starting to cool down some for the fall I'm not likely to know for sure until early-mid next summer when the temperatures reach 85-95* and I'm back on summer blend gas. Looks like I'll probably be filling up again this afternoon after driving to church and mom's house for lunch. At the current time I've got about 500 miles on this tank and the Ultra Gauge I think is showing 57.1 MPG. I expect the actual MPG to be somewhere in the 56-57 MPG range when it's all said and done.
     
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yeah, the northern daylight is shortening at its greatest rate at any time of the year. Only northern amateur astronomers & people who love fall colors are at their happiest, now. There are 2 beautiful small trees (Japanese maple?) down the block, bursting with pale green, yellow, rose, & pink colors.
     
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  10. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Filled up this afternoon 560.4 miles/10.004 gallons/56.018 mpg. Mileage was down 2.890 MPG since my previous tank when I set a new high record of 58.908 MPG. This tank is probably winter blend. Our forecast is for cooler and wetter so the next tank will likely take another hit on MPG. Looks like now I'll have to wait until next summer to try to get my 60 MPG tank. New specs:

    Fuel Cost $899.94
    Gallons 411.492
    Miles 20615.7
    Cost Mile .0437
    Ave. MPG 50.100
    Tank MPG 56.018
    G. Saved 194.852
    Free Miles 6625.0
    EPA +47.735%
    Tank +64.758% EPA
     
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  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Wow! I was also looking to buy the Nissan Versa w/CVT, but finally opted for a Dodge Caliber with Nissan CVT($3000 less than the Versa). Worked very well for me, but always knew the Versa would have given me much better MPG.
     
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  12. Ford Man

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    One of the main things that contribute to my higher mileage is the fact that lots/most of my driving is 40-45 mph and little driving in town/city traffic. Even most of the 4 lane roads around my home are light traffic so I'm not forced to drive at high speed to keep from disrupting traffic flow. I'm seldom in a hurry to get anywhere anymore so I just drive how I want to and enjoy the scenery. It was different years ago when I worked construction and often drove 100-200 miles a days and had to be at work at 7 AM. Back then I was driving an '88 Ford Escort Pony with a 4 speed manual. I could drive 4 lane highways with moderate to heavy traffic at 85-100 MPH and still get 40-45 MPG. The excellent mileage I was getting in the Escort is the main reason I kept it and drove it until 518K miles. If the mileage in the Escort dropped below 40 MPG under any of my normal driving conditions I was busy checking things out to find out what the problem was.
     
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  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I bet if you had burned 100% gasoline, instead of 10% ethanol-diluted fuel blend, your true 100% gasoline MPG would have been 63.6MPG. Featherfooting really brings out the efficiency that 100% gasoline has to give.
     
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  14. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Back in April of this year I burned one tank of E/0 since at the time it was within a few cents of the cost of E/10. That tank got 53.290 MPG. The previous tank mileage of E/10 had been 50.171 MPG, the following tank of E/10 was 55.902 MPG. This was during the transition from winter weather to spring weather which could have been several degrees temperature variation between tanks and makes it harder to tell whether there was any noticeable difference in mileage or not. Ideal time to to have tested E/0 vs. E/10 would have been in 85-95* weather. E/0 is usually at least 10% more expensive than E/0. I don't think just for gas mileage it would be cost effective. One thing I did notice when using the E/0 is that it didn't improve the accuracy of the onboard computer MPG readout. With either E/0 or E/10 it's usually off by 4-7 MPG.

    Before I quit using the '88 Escort back around 2011 I tried a few consecutive tanks of E/0 in it during summer weather and it never showed a noticeable increase in mileage so I went back to E/10 rather than paying the premium price.
     
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  15. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Since I’m concentrating on far more efficient Electric Vehicles now, its a dead point that E0 is better than E10. But, for 5 vehicles in a row, concerted testing over decades, I found 87 octane E0 to give 8% to 5% better MPG than 114 octane ethanol-laced, fuel-blend E10, which is completely in line with the mis-matched octanes of 114 octane ethanol as used(not burned efficiently) in 87 octane designed gasoline engines. The foibles, gov’t payoffs & lies of the “ethanol in gasoline” industry have successfully forced ethanol into our national gasoline stocks. People who know, as I do, that 114 octane ethanol can’t produce efficiently used energy in 87 octane gasoline engines, are obscured by said industry propaganda. My on-board computer MPG indicator on my two 87 octane engines, generally was more accurate with E0, than with E10.

    But, it doesn’t matter any more. Gasoline & fossil-fueled engines will end their reign of pollution-killing people & the environment, as people increasingly understand the beauty of the electric motor.
     
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  16. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Time for another update. 518.6 miles, 9.218 gallons, 56.259 MPG. I was expecting slightly lower MPG on this tank with cooler weather than the last but actually got a .241 MPG increase. My winter goal this year is to not drop below 50 MPG on any tank. I did it last year by the skin of my teeth with one tank going as low as 50.171 MPG. Last year was a mild winter so if we have any really cold weather it could break my consecutive 50+ MPG tanks which currently stands at 23. The tank that dropped to 50.171 MPG last winter was during the coldest snap we had last winter when the temperature for a couple days around Christmas dropped to around 0*F.

    Fuel Cost $927.74
    Gallons 420.710
    Miles 21134.3
    Cost Mile .0439
    Ave. MPG 50.236
    Tank MPG 56.259
    G. Saved 200.887
    Free Miles 6830.2
    EPA +47.750%
    Tank +65.469% EPA
     
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