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Old 11-09-2014, 11:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jcp123 View Post
36 really isn't bad for anyone who is just starting out on the path to fuel economy. The Versa seems to be a bit under appreciated in that regard.
Agreed. I've had the chance to drive the new Canadian market Micra with the same 1.6L engine that the current Versa sedan & Note have in the U.S.

Initially, I was put off by the car's fuel economy rating -- it's actually worst in class on paper.

But in reality, it's pretty easy to beat the the rating, possibly even more than other cars I've driven.

I saw actual (calculated) fuel economy from 2 fill-ups over 940.5 km (584 mi.) of 5.4 L/100 km= 43.6 mpg (US) from the 4-speed automatic in a mix of sub/urban and mostly rural highway driving (summer conditions). And that was with no fancy hypermiling: just basic eco-driving techniques. And of course, the 5-speed manual will do even better than the automatic, despite having almost identical MPG ratings.
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