2016 Nissan Versa SV Fuel Mileage Update

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  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Even tho our present auto Elantra isn't CVT, but a 6spd, I will manually gear down 2 gears, just BEFORE ascending a steep slope(3 gears for a REALLY steep slope). Its the same technique I used in the Dodge Caliber w/CVT, when using the LOW setting to ascend steep slopes. With your tachometer, you'll be able to judge if the LOW setting is advantageous. On those times of steep slopes, I recommend the use of the LOW setting on your CVT.
     
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  2. litesong

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    With MPG like you're getting, you should drive it more.... MORE.... go enjoy your state, which the Versa must be begging you to do. Can't you feel, the Versa wants to.... travel. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Some of us have to work , litesong.
     
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  4. litesong

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah!!! 45 years of work & I didn't get killed!!! Now, I'm retired. Yeah, yeah, yeah!!! Celebration!!! I get to point my cars where I want to go..... then go! I highly recommend retirement.
     
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  5. Ford Man

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    Chronic back pain plays a roll in how much traveling I can do. Anything over about 200 miles in one day gets rough. If I go on a road trip and it's in the 500 mile range it usually takes me about a week or more to get over it and start feeling like doing anything again. I'm disabled so have the time but now I don't feel much like traveling. My wife is still working but we usually try to make at least one road trip per year. Last year instead of making a road trip to NC to see her sisters she flew because, my back had been bothering me so bad for the past few months I didn't feel like I could make the trip.
     
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  6. litesong

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    Forty five years of blue-collar work (early months & decades were savage.....rest of years, not so good either) had me retire before my target. Fortunately, better than any chair or bed at home, car seats (without lumbar adjustments) fit the curves of my spine, that don't go where most people's spines go. So if I featherfoot my cars, avoiding hard bumps & cornering..... I'M GOOD TO GO! So, I go.
     
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  7. Ford Man

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    If my mileage keeps holding up on this tank I think I may be in line for my best tank so far on the Versa. I'm about 200 miles into this tank and the Ultra Gauge is reading a tank average of 50.9 mpg but, the last several tanks the Ultra Gauge has been about 1 MPG low. With the corona virus happening and not being able to get out and do much when we do go somewhere I've been driving around 45 MPH most of the time just to be out and about instead of just sitting at home. Yesterday my wife and I decided to go pick my mom up and go out riding around for a couple hours. I drove some country roads that I wasn't familiar with so I only drove about 45 MPH most of the time. Yesterday was in the 80's here which has also helped mileage. We've been out today too. The temperatures haven't been as warm today and lots of the driving today was either a cross wind or head wind although I did have one stretch I guess about 12-14 miles with a strong tail wind. One time while I had the tail wind with the c/c set at 45 MPH the Ultra Gauge reported anywhere from about 80-115MPG for I guess close to a mile on nearly level roadway.
     
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  8. litesong

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    I wonder how many leadfooters, if they could experience such fuel efficiency, would become featherfooters. I think most leadfooters have lots of money & don't care what their MPG is. Matter of fact, one leadfooter bragged to me, that he got 10MPG.
    What he didn't like, was I calculated, at $2.50 per gallon over 1 million miles of lifetime driving, he would spend $187,500 more than me, on fuel alone. We didn't even talk about his concentrated pollution of in-city driving or his contribution to our country's imbalance of international debt.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yeah , but you can't put a price on the satisfaction he gets from beating you to the next traffic signal.
    That's what it's all about , around here at least.
     
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  10. litesong

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    That's funny. But, not quite accurate. I did put a few prices on his ego.......$187,500....concentrated pollution of in-city driving.....imbalance of international debt. Of course, there are many other prices, that smarter people than me can put on fuel wastage.
     
  11. Ford Man

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    I once had a 1976 Continental Mark IV with 460/4BBL. In local driving I usually got 10-11MPG and on the highway about 14 at 55-60 MPH. I'm pretty sure if I'd tried I could have easily got that mileage down to 6-8MPG locally and 10 on the highway. It definitely wasn't that I'm rich, I had just always liked the looks of the that era Thunderbird/Mark IV and about 14 years after they were made I finally found one I could afford. It was a great riding car but, boy was it expensive to drive and gas was only between $1.00-$1.50 a gallon when I owned it. Now when I drive a car that only gets 30MPG I think of how much gas/money I'm wasting.

    When we moved from NC to KY in 2010 I rented a truck and we moved ourselves. We had a 24' moving van that was loaded from front to rear and bottom to top. Not being familiar with driving that size vehicle often I only drove about 55-60MPH for safety and got about 10-11MPG diesel including bringing that load across the Smokey Mountains on I-40.

    My wife had seizures until she had brain surgery in 2004 so was never able to drive. I'm in the process of teaching her how to drive now and how to do it while saving gas. She still has a little trouble regulating her speed on hills but, the mileage on the car she's driving has changed very little from when I was the only one driving it.

    Everyone thinks they are saving a lot of time by driving faster. I just calculated how much time I'd save going to my mom's house between 55MPH and 65MPH. The distance is about 20 miles and if I averaged those speeds the difference in time to reach her house would be almost exactly 3 minutes. When you're actually driving and not exceeding those speeds when you figure in time to get up to speed the difference would probably be closer to 2-2.5 minutes. When I lived in NC and came to KY to visit mom and dad the difference in setting the c/c at 55 and 65-70MPH usually only amounted to about an extra hour over a 500 mile trip. At 55 I seldom had to cut off the c/c at 65-70MPH I was always catching up to slower traffic, having to cut the c/c off, regain speed and reset it. At 55MPH I was also a lot less stressed and having chronic back pain that helped keep my pain down.
     
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  12. litesong

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    I always liked small cars for their higher MPG. My kidhood idea of a big pleasure mobile, was the 1963 Pontiac Tempest, a year before it became the large GTO. I saw a pretty maroon Tempest at a nearby church every Sunday. As the years rolled by, I should have staked out the church & talked to the guy about his Tempest. Tempest had problems with their drivetrains, tho.
     
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  13. litesong

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    Me.... I love to travel & see my state (& others, too). The slower I drive, the longer I get to see the countryside & less fuel I burn. Yeah, my "PHPG--Pleasure-Hour Per Gallon" goes Way Skyhigh.
     
  14. litesong

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    You're right. Slower driving really helps my back. Also, regular car seats (without Lumbar adjustments) help my back, better than any chair or bed at home. Those are two reasons why my retirement is much better than it could have been.
     
  15. litesong

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    My sister & brother had epilepsy. Some of their seizure accidents were savage.
     
  16. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Lots of times people get irritated at me driving 55 on the interstate and blow their horn at me. I just politely blow back at them. In many cases they do it when there's another open lane that they could use to pass if they had enough sense to know what that lane was for. I had a truck driver get pissed off one time. He passed me and cut back into my lane before giving any room then slowed down so I passed him back. That happened about 2 or 3 times with the last time him nearly hitting me because of cutting me off. A few miles down the road I saw a state trooper with a car pulled over so I stopped and told the trooper what had been going on. The trucker knew what I was doing and pulled over too. When we finished talking to the trooper he told me to go ahead and leave and told the truck driver to stay and that they'd better not get another report of him being anywhere close to me again. Even if the trucker hadn't stopped I had his tag number and truck number. The next day I called the company he drove for and reported him to the safety department. They assured me they'd take care of the problem.
     
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  17. Ford Man

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    The wife and I went out and road about 30 miles or so this afternoon. I was by a couple gas stations while we were out today. One was a truck stop that is usually the most expensive in town, their price was $1.599. One was a BP that's usually a couple cents higher than Walmart, their price was $1.589. We'll be going out again tomorrow to go to my mom's house and will be going by Walmart. I'll try to update with Walmart's price tomorrow.
     

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