2016 Nissan Versa SV Fuel Mileage Update

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  1. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    With the Corona virus happening and in some cases just out riding around looking over the country for something to do a fair amount of the driving on this tank was 45MPH and a small amount at 40 MPH. I knew this was going to be a good tank and was hoping to break my previous best tank of 51.167 but the last couple times I drove it were slightly cooler/rainy days. This tank brought my overall average up from 47.081 to 47.231 MPG. I need to work on getting that average back as high as possible in preparation for next winter. This past winter I was able to maintain over a 47 MPG average. Last year 4 tanks from time of purchase-4/26 my average MPG was 45.180 MPG. This year 5 tanks 1/8-4/19 my average is 47.599 MPG. Some may remember I added an electronic throttle controller in Dec. 2019 that claimed it would help mileage. Worst tank since is 46.089 MPG and during the winter my MPG numbers from tank to tank were much more consistent. As the weather has warmed up this spring the numbers have increased accordingly Prior to adding the the controller I'd had 6 tanks with a lower MPG than 46.089. I think the controller is doing what they claim but with gas back down to $1.399 a gallon it's going to have a much longer return of $60 investment.
     
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    One station(others?) in the south, reported $0.86 per gallon, yesterday.
     
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  3. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I was out today and already at Walmart so I topped off the tank in the Versa even though the gauge was still showing over 3/8 of a tank. Gas was $1.509 a gallon today. This was my best tank to date in the Versa, 414.4 miles on 7.888 gallons for 52.535 MPG and 54.516% above EPA. With the corona virus going on and sometimes just out riding around for something to do a lot of this tank was at 40-45 MPH just looking over the countryside. My lifetime average is now 47.404 MPG with a lifetime average of 39.424% above EPA. The best my lifetime average has ever been was on 10/29/2019 at 47.443 and 39.539% above EPA. Back to back tanks over 50 MPG, 50.638 and 52.535.
     
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Nice work!
     
  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Back in 1980(?), I remember a two tank average at 50MPG, over a thousand mile route with my Plymouth Champ.
     
  6. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    In 1980 I was driving a car with a V8 that got about 13-15MPG. Lately with the cost of fuel being down my fuel costs per mile have been cheaper than they were in the late '70's and 80's. I bought my first economy car in 1981, an MG Midget that got about 25MPG. How things have changed over the years. My mom has a '99 Mercury Grand Marquis with a 4.6L V8 that will get as good of mileage as the MG did. I drove her Grand Marquis on a 540 mile trip several years ago, with the c/c set at 55MPH on the highway and about 20-30 miles city traffic I was able to get 31.48MPG.
     
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  7. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Hmmm ... During most of 1980 I was driving a 1267 cm³ Four that typically got about 41 mpg---better than it had before fuel shortages and rapidly increasing prices (approaching $1/gallon --- horrors!) slowed me down. However, it was getting rusty, and was a sedan, so I replaced it with the Mazda GLC in December.
     
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  8. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I filled the Versa up again today here are my stats since purchase in Feb. 2019.

    Total Fuel Cost $537.16
    Total Gallons Used 248.582
    Total Miles Tracked 11820.3
    Average Fuel Cost Per Mile .0454
    Ave. MPG Since Purchase 47.551
    Gallons Saved Vs. EPA Combined Estimate 99.074
    Free Miles Vs. EPA Combined Estimate 3368.5
    Average Percent Above EPA Combined 39.856%
    Tank Percent Above EPA Combined 54.113%
    Tank MPG 52.399
     
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Gas hogs like to say..... “Well...people who get high MPG, just drive more”. Many featherfooters say they don’t drive further. As for me, I do drive further because of good MPG. Another factor is my retirement. With the common rainy weather in Washington state cutting down driving pleasure days, my retirement has allowed me a greater choice of travel days AND I use them. Also, since I started using cheap used tires, I drive even more. The excellent quality of our two Hyundai Elantra cars allows more travel, yet less time & money spent for repairs. At some time, repairs on the Hyundai cars HAVE to increase, but the last 12 Elantra “car-years” of zero repairs have been wondrous.
     
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  10. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Being disabled and having chronic back pain I don't drive near as much as I did when I was working and much younger. Some years back then I'd put 30-40K on my work car besides what was put on other cars I had. Now I've got 3 cars licensed/insured and probably averaging approximately 20K miles a year. Years ago it wasn't uncommon for me to have 4 vehicles licensed/insured and putting at least a few thousand miles a year on each of them with the bulk going on the work car. I wish I felt like driving more miles but driving more than about 200 miles in a single day increases my pain for the next several days. Back in the 80's I used to sometimes drive 750-1K miles without stopping to rest and even up until I got hurt in 2000 500 miles was a breeze. Many times up until 2000 we'd get off work on Friday afternoon, get in the car and drive from NC to KY (500 miles) to visit mom and dad getting to their house at 2-3AM on Saturday morning, spend Saturday with them, leave on Sunday morning and drive back to NC to be back at work on Monday morning.
     
  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    “......back to back, they faced each other..... drew their swords and shot each other...“
    A piece of nonsensical verbiage we quoted as kids to get a laugh. I can’t remember the rest.
     
  12. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I think I remember the Mazda. I really loved its look. I adored the shape of the backseat. It wrapped around passengers, but gave extra room... kind of custom-like. It was a less expensive car, but I still couldn’t afford it.
     
  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yes , I seem to remember that it was nicely contoured.
     
  14. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    "Coved rear lounge seats" were in your top-of-the-line "Sport" trim only. Other trims didn't have the fancy corners, but were indeed more comfortable than the rear seats of many comparable "economy" cars of the time. It didn't pretend to seat 3 adults in the rear, but nevertheless the center was not as horrible as the center in the Prius, which does claim seating for 3 in the rear.
     
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  15. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yeah, like I said. I couldn’t afford it.
     
  16. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member


    One Fine Day


    Ladies and gentlemen, skinny and stout,
    I will tell you a story I know nothing about.
    Admission is free, so pay at the door.
    Pull up a chair and sit on the floor.

    One fine day in the middle of the night,
    Two dead boys got up to fight.
    Back to back, they faced each other,
    Drew their swords and shot each other.

    A blind man came to watch fair play.
    A mute man came to shout “Hurray!”
    A deaf policeman heard the noise,
    And came and killed the two dead boys.

    (He lived on the corner in the middle of the block,
    In a two-story house on a vacant lot.)
    A guy with no legs came walking by
    And kicked the policeman on his thigh.

    He crashed through a wall without a sound
    Into a dry ditch where he promptly drowned.
    A long black hearse came and carted him away,
    So he ran for his life and is still gone today.

    I watched from the corner of a big round table,
    The only eyewitness to the facts of my fable.
    And if you don’t believe my lies are true,
    Ask the blind man; he saw it, too.
     
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yup , that's the one I had. GLC Sport , with those giant 175/70R13 tires.
     
  18. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    ... which were more generously sized than the tires on your Prius, as far as the ratio of their load capacity to the load they carried. My "Custom L" version used 155SR13 (superceded by P155/80R13). Some slightly heavier later small cars used P145-13 or 155-12 or 165/70-13---good examples of cost-cutting run amuck. My brother's 1985 VW Jetta, which was considerably heavier than the GLC, used 175/70R13.
     
  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    They had a lot of stick. It was a good-handling car.
     
  20. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Gas prices had gone up $ .17 a gallon here in my hometown this week and when I went to church yesterday I saw a station in a neighboring town where it hadn't gone up yet so I topped off the tank even though it only took 5.003 gallons. On the short fill mileage was 51.65MPG. Each of the last 4 fills have been over 50 mpg with an average of 51.734 mpg.
     

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