13th Jan 2013, 11:46
I'm the original posting of this review. Your calculation that the trip computer is 28% is disconcerting to me. I'm going to calculate the economy manually myself too, to see what my results are. I've heard of the economy gauges being off a little, but 28% is huge!
6th Feb 2013, 19:23
I am the guy who posted on Nov 22, 2012 on the OBD's MPG. Here are more after driving 2500 miles / 2.5 months.
(1) 250 miles / 7.018 gallons = 35.6 MPG; OBD = 45.3 MPG (27% off).
(2) 316.4 miles/ 8.622 gallons = 36.7 MPG; OBD = 41.8 MPG (14% off).
(3) 677.3 miles / 17.847 gallons (2 fills) = 37.9 MPG; OBD = 41.8 MPG (10% off).
(4) 336.6 miles / 8.86 gallons = 38.0 MPG; OBD = 42.3 MPG (11% off).
The first one was filled by the dealer. Maybe, just maybe, they tried to pinch pennies and did not completely fill. But the OBD shows consistently better MPG's.
The one I care most is quality. For GM cars in the past, I had to go back to dealers many times right after purchases. So far, I have not had any problems. The best initial quality!
My only dislike is a lack of defogger for the side windows. Otherwise, this is a great car for the price (especially after getting a supplier discount of $2,000).
7th Feb 2013, 14:35
I recently test drove the 2012 Versa while assisting a friend in buying a small economy car. I was very impressed with the new styling and found the interior to be very roomy for a car in this class. Yes, it is an inexpensive car, but I feel that for the price it is a good value. I am pleased to hear that it is delivering good mileage.
I have also found considerable variation between the computer indicated fuel mileage and actual mileage in my Ford Fusion. It frequently indicates 39-40 MPG on trips, but in reality is only getting about 34-36.
9th Feb 2013, 09:53
One thing I do not like is:
When it is cold (?), the engine starts with high RPM, and it takes a long time (distance) for it to go down. It sometimes takes only 5 miles, and as far as 15 miles. Especially on a highway, it might as well take 25 miles for the engine to calm down. During that time, MPG is pretty sacrificed. I do not know if this is due to the CVT or not.
24th May 2013, 21:04
I have the same experience with my Versa. Engine takes forever to warm up while driving, and insists on revving very high until it gets to full operating temp. I think this is normal CVT operation, but it's quite terrible.
13th Oct 2013, 07:21
After driving 12 months / 12,000 miles, I would say this is the best / most reliable car I have ever bought. The only faults I have seen are:
- The paint on the front grille peeled (might have been from day 1, easy fix).
- After filling gas, the fuel gauge goes only up to 1/2, which is fixed after IGN Off / On (this happened only twice so far). As long as this does not get worse, no biggie.
In a good week (no traffic jam), I can even get 45MPG (actual mileage, not on the OBD) for commuting on surface roads (I drive like I milk out of every drop out of gas though).
I wish Nissan would keep producing the Versa for when I need to buy another car in 15 years.
28th Jan 2014, 11:20
Fill-for-life transmission? I believe every car needs to have the transmission flushed and filled at intervals, Not that many people do it though. :-)
21st Jun 2014, 17:33
Many newer automatic transmission equipped cars never need the transmission fluid changed. In fact, there is no dipstick and no way to change the fluid. It's sealed shut. Hence "fill-for-life". CVTs are not this case though. They require the fluid be changed every 30k-60k miles, depending on driving conditions.
15th Feb 2017, 00:59
I think I disagree with a few of the comments. I found the seats to be poorly designed for taller people because the lumbar portion is rather recessed instead of being more like a bump. Very uncomfortable in the lower back portion. I found the same exact seat design in two other Nissan models. Only Nissan seems to have this unergonomic seat design.
Not sure why the original poster says he is 5'9" so the seat will feel shorter for most drivers? 5'9" is already quite tall. Myself I'm 6'1" and I didn't find the seat too short on this particular car.
The steering wheel on the car I drive is solid and certainly not wandering. It is also thick and easy to grab. On the highway at 60mph, the car feels very stable; of course if present, side winds will affect this rather tall car design.
The floor carpet is cheap, and will rip off all along the lower door trim where it's attached, exposing painted metal along with some rusted metallic clips, and cannot be fixed back in place.