2016 Nissan Versa SV Fuel Mileage Update

Discussion in 'Nissan' started by Ford Man, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Another fill up today. I'm still barely holding onto 50MPG. This is tank #11 in a row for 50+MPG. Only way I'll maintain 50MPG the rest of the winter is if the weather is really mild. This was my worst tank since 4/20. This tank had quite a bit of driving during 30-45* temperatures. It doesn't do bad in the mid 40's but when it get into the lower 30's it doesn't do so well. Here are my new stats.

    Total Fuel Cost $658.40
    Total Gallons 316.686
    Total Miles 15,457.3
    Gasoline Cost Mile .0426
    Ave. MPG 48.810
    Tank MPG 50.463
    Gallons Saved Vs EPA 137.940
    Free Miles Vs EPA 4690.0
    Average EPA +43.557%
    Tank EPA +48.421%
     
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  2. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Things aren't looking good for this tank. I'm already about 150 miles into this tank. The Ultra Gauge is reporting about 49.5 MPG right now but it's usually about 1 MPG optimistic. I drove it roughly 100 miles today, temperatures were low-mid 40's but I had a lot of cross and head winds. That little 1.6L hates strong wind.
     
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  3. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Just filled up again and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting 49-50 MPG on this tank but it actually came out to 51.000 MPG. That's 12 tanks in a row at 50+ MPG. This tank was 150% of EPA combined rating, I'll take that for Dec.-Jan. driving. A lot of this tank's driving was in the low-mid 30's with lots of wind. Overall stats look like this:

    Fuel Cost $678.75
    Gallons 326.288
    Miles 15947.0
    Cost Mile .0426
    Ave. MPG 48.874
    Tank MPG 51.000
    Gal. Saved 142.741
    Free Miles 4853.2
    EPA +43.747%
    Tank +50.000% EPA

    Is it possible I could make it through the winter and never drop below 50 MPG? That would make me very happy!
     
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Great job, Ford Man!
     
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    WOW!!! ZOOWY!!! You’re smashing MPG for the Versa!
    Now we have had almost continuous clouds & rain in our eastern Salish Sea(Puget Sound) region for 2+months, supposedly due to La Niña. Tho lots of rain, our temperatures, I believe, must be averaging higher than normal with few(no?) sub-20degF mornings, large(?) majority of no freezing mornings. Might one reason for your high MPG(other than your feather foot) be average warm winter temperatures in your region?
     
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  6. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I don't think we've been much above normal temperature for this time of year, maybe a little warmer in Dec. but we had one really cold snap right around Christmas. Usually January till about the end of February is when we get our coldest temperatures. Another thing that will help mileage if we get any measurable amount of snow or ice I'll be driving my old beat up '02 Escort and will leave the Versa parked. The Escort is in pretty poor condition body wise from an accident several years ago that did more damage to the car than I paid for it so I just pocketed the money to use toward the purchase of another car and continued to drive it as is. As long as it's in good mechanical condition I can stand a little ugly. If this next tank lasts about a month or more and I can keep this next tank above 50 MPG the temps should start to warm up again on the next tank so maybe I wouldn't have to work so hard to keep 50 MPG on future tanks. Since I'm usually in no hurry, lately most of my driving has been in the 40-50 MPH range with more of it on the lower end of the spectrum.
     
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sounds ideal! :)
     
  8. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I’ve forgotten. Do you have the 5 speed or the CVT?
    My Dodge Caliber had the Nissan CVT. The CVT was designed to get the best MPG at 2000RPM & STAY near 2000RPM up to 60MPH, where the CVT reached its high limit. Accelerating gently on the flat, you could keep RPMs near 2000RPMs. I got MPG in the top 3-5% of drivers & that included those drivers that had the optional 5spd tranny. However, the Caliber was not aerodynamic & the engine was not efficient. That’s one reason why I have the Elantras now.
    Anyhow, I was always bummed out that while driving at 45MPH, I couldn’t shift the engine below 2000RPM & above 60MPH, I couldn’t keep RPMs from rising above 2000RPMs. Any driver that traveled 80MPH, would have RPMs at 2666RPMs.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Hey , did you change your handle from FordFamily to FordMan ?

    Maybe my memory is playing tricks on me.

    litesong , it's a CVT.
     
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I remember a certain TFF, too. ;)
     
  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Maybe I should change my handle to HyundaiFamily for our 3 Hyundais. Naw, it doesn’t have any flow.
     
  12. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Thank you, Edwin.
     
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  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yeah, while walking, new flower greens were growing, one even had a flower blossom in mid-January! Coming days are supposed to be freezing cold, so those flowers probably won’t make it.
     
  14. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Mine is a CVT but with c/c set at anywhere from 40-50MPH on flat ground I'm turning under 1500 RPM and if I self feed the gas on uphill grades about 90% of the time I can keep the RPM's below 2000.
     
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  15. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I've always been FordMan. Maybe there was another user with the user name FordFamily.
     
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  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sorry for my confusion with the username.
     
  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Sorry about that.
     
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  18. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Don't worry about that I never gave it a second thought.
     
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  19. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Filled up again today. I'd been 395.3 miles and used 7.533 gallons for 52.475 MPG. I filled up at a different station today so the level might be off a little bit to usual but I did as I always do filled to the cap. Only difference is it could have left a small air pocket in the tank that I don't get at the usual station but since gas was several cents a gallon cheaper there I filled up. My usual station is a Murphy at Walmart but lately gas has been a lot cheaper at BP in the town my mom lives in so as long as it's cheaper there I'm going to fill up when I go visit mom. I also took a couple empty gas cans that will hold about 8 gallons along to get gas for another car. The Versa wasn't driven during the week that we had snow/ice and freezing temperatures so that didn't effect mileage. Since I've got a beat up old Escort I drove it on the slick salty roads. It now looks like I'll make it through the winter without a tank dropping below 50 MPG but lots of my driving has been in the 40-45 MPH range during cold weather. Here's my most current stats on the Versa.

    Fuel Cost $696.75
    Gallons 333.821
    Miles 16342.3
    Cost Mile .0426
    Ave. MPG 48.955
    Tank MPG 52.475
    Gal. Saved 146.835
    Free Miles 4992.4
    EPA +43.986%
    Tank +54.341% EPA
     
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