• Apr 9, 2006


In a short-but-sweet press release Nissan announced that it is revising downward the estimated EPA combined city/highway gas mileage for its Xtronic CVT-equipped Versa sub-compact. The original estimate was 38 mpg, which has now fallen to 33 mpg. Nissan offered no explanation for the adjustment. All Versa models are powered by a 122-hp, 1.8L four-cylinder engine.

 [Source: Nissan]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes I know that cars are heavier, but the mid 90's (not 80's) civic were only 2350-2400 lbs, looks like they need to go on a diet, today. Plus, what everyone hasn't really addressed was my main point. Shouldn't we be progressing further for fuel economy instead of regressing? something not right about not getting better fuel economy than we did in the past..

      Say whatever the reason, but they should be better today than the past in terms of fuel economy..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mark, maybe you should consider getting a Prius hybrid if you are that concerned about mileage.

      My '05 is a long outside as a current Corolla, and virtually as large inside as a the previous gen. Camry or Malibu, and I'm obtaining 50 MPG on average, except in the coldest winter time with full winter tires, where mileage has been between low to mid 40's - real life.

      The car seats 5, so carpooling is easy and comfortable. It's compact outside so easy to park and maneuver.

      New, $22,000 up is less than the average mid-sized car. If you rush, you'll get a $3150 tax cut on 2006 taxes. That's a bigger chunk of change than the $2000 deduction I got for mine on my 2005 taxes (worth what, $500 to me in a tax reduction?).

      The word on the street (and from the owner of my local gas station) is that gasoline is going to over $3 per gallon before summer really starts and may be $4 per gallon by summer's end.

      God only knows what the price of gas will be if we have another "Katrina" hit the oil rigs off the gulf coast.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #25 - I have to disagree and say your charge that Nissan inflates their numbers is unfounded. The 38 mpg was announced by the company as an estimate that would probably drop when official numbers released.
      I've actually found that Nissan's mileage numbers are more accurate than other cars I've owned - especially the Toyotas. My 05 Maxima is rated at 20/28. I've never gotten lower than 21 and never higher than 27. Most the time in combined driving I get between 23.5 - and 25. I think that's pretty accurate! (and pretty good for a sub 7 second 0-60 family sedan) My Titan numbers are very accurate as well, although they are a little more sensitive to driving style. The few times I've romped on it I've gotten on the low end of the scale.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I had a 87 ford tempo with a manual five speed that got 39 mpg hwy.

      "Besides.. things should be getting BETTER in the fuel economy department not regressing.. It's funny that a 10 year old car gets better mpg's than one today."
      Mark.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Have a Versa now for 3 months, still have not got 30 mpg. Even with long road trip, I got 29 mpg. Normally get 26-27 mpg. Very disapointing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

      oh man you nissan fanboys, wait, wait, I'm still holding my sides!

      AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA

      Good work bashing Fit mpg, hahahah

      Does this prove once and for all that the idiot fanboys have moved from the Honda camp to Nissan? Just because they're not ricing up Civics any more doesn't mean they're not idiots.

      bagging on the fit's milage when the versa's gets dropped to the same, hah. too funny.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Say thanks to the ginormous SUV and people that are generally getting bigger, hight wise as well as width wise. Those factors lead to bigger and heavier cars which need bigger engines and which get worse fuel economy. The cars are built for the market, bigger more powerful cars is what the market wants right now. Even in the smallest of cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      just wanted to toss in my 2 cents.

      New cars are getting heavier not only because of size and ameneties, but there have been quantum leaps in safety over the past 15 years. As well as significant increase in chassis stiffness, all of which are all bound to add on weight.

      Let's not forget too, performance and displacement are increasing pretty much across the board while car manufacturers have taken huge steps with emissions. More restrictive exhausts and cats sap power, forcing increases in displacement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As far as whether or not a commuter car needs a 122-hp engine, I think having a good amount of power on tap is just as important to safety as any other piece of safety equipment on a car. Being able to flow well into traffic from intersections or merging lanes is very important, and an engine capable of strong acceleration is critical to that. You don't need a HEMI in something like that, but you do need enough power to get out of someone's way if need be. There were a lot of 70-hp econoboxes in the '80's that couldn't even get out of their own way.

      33 MPG average is disappointing when compared to the 38 MPG they were originally touting, but still respectable for that class. To some people--myself included--giving up a couple of average MPG isn't a bad trade off to get an extra 15 or so hp compared to a Yaris or an Accent.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I consistently get 34+ mpg in my '05 Corolla.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And then there are those who compensate for their abnormal testicular deficiencies by bashing other countries.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ideally, Mark, yes... people should be willing to give up some power, size, and creature comforts to achieve better fuel efficiency. But the average motorist only thinks about fuel economy to the extent that affects his or her own pocketbook. So until consumers develop a more holistic view of fuel efficiency (or, more likely, until another fuel crisis or price spike occurs), what automakers "should" do isn't what will keep them in business.

      A perfect example of this: hybrids that deliver more power with the same fuel efficiency, rather than the same power with more fuel efficiency. Do I really need an Accord Hybrid that does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds? No. Would I trade a couple seconds for gas mileage that breaks out of the 20-MPG range? Certainly. But for now, it seems that many buyers disagree (the fact that it's "A Hybrid," and is thus fashionable, seems to be enough for some).

      If and when consumer's priorities shift, so will these automotive trends.
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