Indeed, in real-world drives, our editors have seen fuel economy figures solidly in the low- to mid-20s—which certainly detracts from the Versa's attractiveness as a vehicle with very low operating costs.
Considering the size and competitive set of the 2011 Nissan Versa, fuel economy figures are disappointing even is they aren't bad next to most other new vehicles. There are five powertrain combinations in all offered for the 2011 Versa, but they all range between 24 and 28 mpg in the city and 31 and 34 on the highway. Counterintuitively, figures aren't really any better for the base 1.6-liter models compared to those with the 1.8-liter; the larger engine and CVT automatic (1.8 SL) top the scale at 28/34, with the six-speed manual and 1.6-liter getting 26/34. 1.8 S models with the four-speed automatic are rated just 24 city.