Nissan offers a wide range of cars and SUVs in the majority of the industry’s most competitive segments. Many of these vehicles put a special focus on efficiency, and here we’ve outlined five Nissans that return 30 miles per gallon or better.
Most of the fuel economy figures below are taken straight from the Department of Energy’s fuel economy website, FuelEconomy.gov, which shows official fuel economy ratings for every new vehicle on sale in the United States today, and for those dating back several model years, allowing it to serve as a great resource for anyone in the market for a vehicle, new or used.
2020 Nissan Versa
Nissan has introduced a fully-redesigned Versa for the 2020 model year. While it rides on the same platform as the outgoing model, the Versa gets an all-new body and interior, which helps to alleviate some of its cut-rate rental-car image. While a hatchback known as the Versa Note was offered in the past, only a sedan has been released for 2020, although we expect the Note could return in the future. Nonetheless, the new 2020 Versa offers a good array of features including standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, rear automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. Items like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, heated seats, and push-button ignition are available on upper trims. While a 5-speed manual is technically standard, the vast majority of Versas will be built with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which allows for fuel economy ratings of 32 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in combined driving. The 2020 Versa starts at about $16,000 and tops out at just under $21,000. Find a Nissan Versa for sale
2019 Nissan Leaf
Nissan’s fully-electric Leaf is available in two different flavors. In standard guise, the Leaf comes with a 40 kWh battery capable of taking it up to 150 miles on a single charge, while the available Leaf Plus comes with a larger 62 kWh battery resulting in a range of up to 226 miles. Either way, as they don’t actually use gas, the EPA gives electric vehicles an MPGe or "miles per gallon equivalent" rating, meant to reflect their energy usage in a way that allows them to be compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles. As it’s clearly quite fuel-efficient, the Leaf receives ratings of between 104 and 112 MPGe depending on how it’s equipped. The Leaf starts at about $31,000 and tops out at around $43k. Worth noting, though, is that Leaf buyers are eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, which equates to a significant discount. Given this, we like the Leaf Plus in loaded SL trim, as it offers great range, all of Nissan’s available active safety features, and comes with standard quick-charge capability, all for just over $35,000 after said rebate. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale
2019 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is all-new for the 2019 model year and achieves greater than 30 mpg combined in most trim levels. Two engines are available: a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder putting out 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, or an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four, which makes 236 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The base 4-cylinder is available with all-wheel drive — the first time 4-wheel traction has been offered on the Altima, and a rarity in the midsize sedan segment. Beyond available AWD, the new Altima offers just about all of the features you’d expect from a modern sedan and not much else, with automatic emergency braking offered as standard and other active safety features introduced on upper trims. We give the new Altima bonus points for offering a 7-in infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, as well. Altimas with the basic 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and front-wheel drive return 31 or 32 mpg combined depending on trim level, while AWD examples earn 29 or 30. With the turbocharged 2.0-liter (which is FWD only) the Altima nets 29 mpg combined. Pricing for the new Altima starts at $24,995 and tops out at a little over $36k for a loaded Platinum Turbo model. Find a Nissan Altima for sale
2019 Nissan Sentra
The Nissan Sentra has been on sale in its current form since the 2013 model year and is therefore badly in need of a redesign. Luckily, an all-new version appears to be just around the corner, and we expect it to go on sale in about a year as a 2021 model. That said, the 2019 Sentra on sale today is still reasonably efficient, even if it’s a bit lacking with regard to modernity. A few different powertrains are offered, as is your choice of a 6-speed manual or a CVT. As long as you opt for the basic 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, the Sentra returns 30 mpg combined with the manual or 32 mpg combined with the CVT. Pricing for the Sentra starts at a little under $19,000 and reaches about $24,000, before getting into the Performance-oriented NISMO trims. That said, given the Sentra’s aging design, expect to find these offered with significant financial incentives that serve to bring the out-the-door price down by a few thousand dollars. Find a Nissan Sentra for sale
2019 Nissan Kicks
The Kicks is billed as a subcompact crossover, but as it’s only available with FWD, we’re inclined to point out that it’s more akin to a high-riding hatchback than a full-blown SUV. Still, with an elevated driving position, a practical hatchback design, and surprisingly sporty driving dynamics, buyers will find a lot to love about the economically-priced Kicks. Under the hood is a basic 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine making a humble 125 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque and mated to a CVT. While it isn’t particularly quick, the Kicks does return decent fuel economy, with EPA ratings of 31 mpg city/36 mpg hwy/33 mpg combined. Automatic emergency braking along with Bluetooth, a 7-inch infotainment screen, and Siri Eyes free are standard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are added on the middle trim, while other features like LED headlights and a surround-view monitor come on the top-of-the-line SR model. Pricing starts at a little under $20,000 and tops out at about $24,000 for a loaded SR model with the SR Premium Package. Find a Nissan Kicks for sale