How to Increase Fuel Mileage on Nissan Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Gas prices in the world today tend to skyrocket, causing headaches for everyone when they fill up their tank. Many people have switched to more fuel efficient cars, such as a Prius or Corolla. What many people do not realize is that the gas mileage of any model of vehicle, even a fairly old truck such as a Nissan car can be improved by taking proper care of the vehicle and driving it in a fuel efficient way.

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 How to Increase Fuel Mileage on a Nissan Frontier

Accelerate and brake gradually. If you're the first to accelerate at the green light, braking quickly to stop at the red or driving over the speed limit, chances are you're wasting gas. When you brake quickly, this wastes the momentum that your vehicle has built up and the gas that was consumed to reach that speed. Gradually accelerating and braking, and observing the speed limit, could increase your gas mileage by nearly 33% on the highway and 5% in the city.

Do not exceed the speed limit. Not only is this safer driving, but it will also help to save gas, especially on the highway. Keep in mind that for every 5 miles over 60 miles per hour you drive, you are using an additional $0.24 per gallon.

Use your cruise control. One way to keep from speeding is by setting your cruise control for long trips on the highway. By keeping your speed consistent and avoiding those small fluctuations, you can get better gas mileage out of your Nissan.

Clean out your Nissan and remove any unnecessary weight. Trucks are made for hauling, but when you don't need to haul, be sure to remove any extra weight. While this tends to affect smaller cars more, carrying an extra 100 pounds can reduce your miles per gallon up to 2%.

Say "no" to idling. Sitting stationary and running your engine still consumes gas. If you're not going anywhere for a while, shut the engine off and save that gas for when you need to travel.

Tune your engine regularly. It makes sense that when an engine gets dirty or clogged, or runs roughly, it will use more gas. Your mileage can improve up to 40% by making sure that your engine is regularly tuned and maintained.

Check your tire pressure. Tires low on air will cause a vehicle to consume more gas than needed. Your mileage can improve by up to 3.3% simply by keeping tires regularly checked and properly inflated. A sticker on the inside of your door, or your owner's manual, will provide you with information on proper tire pressure.

 How to Improve the Gas Mileage for a Nissan Pathfinder

Drive slower. Accelerating quickly can reduce fuel economy by 10 to 15 percent. Anticipate upcoming stops and let up on the gas pedal in advance to slow the car naturally, rather than slamming on the breaks. Altering your driving style is the best way to improve fuel economy.

Take your Pathfinder to a Nissan mechanic for regular maintenance. Consult the Nissan Maintenance Guide for information on regular maintenance plans (see Resources). Nissan recommends a maintenance check every 3,750 miles. Issues like low transmission fluid, a dirty air filter and sticky calipers can reduce your fuel economy. Get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, even if you use synthetic oil.

Remove excess weight and roof racks. Unnecessary loads weigh down the car, requiring more power to propel the vehicle. Roof racks make your Pathfinder less aerodynamic.

Check your tire pressure at least once a month, or before long trips. Low tire pressure makes the tires soft, and it takes more energy to rotate them. Keep the tires filled to their recommended level.

Avoid driving during peak traffic times. Idling in bumper-to-bumper traffic burns gas. If you are stuck in a traffic jam, and know you will not be moving for a few minutes, turn off your Pathfinder.

 How to Improve the Gas Mileage on a Nissan Sentra

How To Improve The Gas Mileage On A Nissan Sentra

Accelerate smoothly. Do not unnecessarily push hard and quickly on the gas pedal. Smooth acceleration will improve your gas mileage considerably.

Don't speed. The faster you go the more miles per gallon your Nissan Sentra will consume. Driving at the speed limit will ensure that you are attaining the maximum possible fuel economy. To further enhance miles per gallon, use the cruise control when possible.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Driving on under-inflated tires can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 10 percent. Use your tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure every other time you fill up your gas tank. Check your owner's manual to determine the correct tire pressure for your Sentra's year and submodel.

Make sure that your Nissan Sentra is serviced at the recommended intervals. Keeping your Nissan tuned up and changing the oil and filter regularly will ensure that the engine is operating at it's maximum possible efficiency, leading to dramatically improved fuel economy.

Carry as little extra weight as possible. Storing heavy items in the trunk or back seat for a long period of time while driving can lower your fuel economy.

Items you will need

  • Tire pressure gauge

 How to Improve the Gas Mileage on a 1997 Nissan Hardbody

Drive the Nissan Hardbody at a reasonable speed at all times; do not idle in one place for long periods of time. The faster you drive, the harder your engine has to work, which will decrease gas mileage. Using cruise control and overdrive will also save gas, as they do not require the engine to spin as fast.

Take out unnecessary heavy weight from your Hardbody, such as golf clubs and large packages. Extra weight reduces gas mileage. Although these large trucks are designed to hold a lot of gear, putting over 100 pounds of extra weight in any vehicle reduces gas mileage.

Take your Hardbody to an auto shop for routine tune-ups and emissions tests. This will ensure your car is functioning according to its highest capabilities. Add synthetic foil to your Nissan, which will run the engine much smoother than mineral-based oils. Have air and fuel filters as well as the PVC changed accordingly with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Change your Nissan Hardbody's O2 sensors after wear and tear of several tens of thousands of miles. Consult your local Nissan manufacturer to set up an appointment to have the sensors replaced if necessary.

Check the tire pressures and inflate them when necessary. Tires with not enough air in them will slow down the Hardbody's acceleration and braking and cause more work for the engine. Proper tire pressures can be found in the door panel.

Use premium gas with your Hardbody. The truck will operate with unleaded fuel, but the gas mileage will suffer, especially during the winter.

 How to Improve Gas Mileage in a Nissan Murano

Remove the cargo from your Nissan Murano. Extra weight translates to extra work for your engine, which cuts into fuel efficiency. Even an extra 100 lbs. of weight will cost you at the gas pump. Thus, avoid hauling unnecessary cargo when driving your Murano. Remove tool boxes or luggage, and uninstall oversized tires as well as any other aftermarket accessories.

Do not haul anything on top of your Murano, even if it is equipped with a roof rack. Not only does this add extra weight, it ruins the aerodynamics of your SUV. This combination has a drastic and negative effect on your gas mileage.

Keep your Murano's speed below 60 miles per hour. Once you begin to surpass 60 mph, your engine must work harder and you begin to lose fuel efficiency. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, every 5 miles per hour over 60 equates to an extra 24 cents per gallon of gas. Whenever possible, use your Murano's cruise control to help limit your speed.

Maintain your Nissan Murano. Properly maintaining your engine will help it run more efficiently. This, in turn, will increase your gas mileage. Change the oil about every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. Also, check your air filter frequently and clean or replace it when necessary. Clean, fresh oil and filters will boost your fuel economy.

Check your Murano's tires to see if they are adequately inflated. Under-inflated tires cause extra strain on your engine and result in lower miles per gallon. Look at the sidewalls on your tires for the correct pressure.

Avoid making excessive, wasteful trips in your Nissan Murano. Plan ahead and try to consolidate your errands so that you need only make one trip. When planning, choose routes that are expedient yet avoid heavy traffic areas, stoplights and mountainous terrain.

 How to Improve the Gas Mileage on a Maxima

Drive More Efficiently

Drive less aggressively. Gas mileage drops with excessive braking, speeding up and traveling over 60 miles per hour.

Clean out your car's trunk and passenger area. Carrying around less weight can increase your gas mileage.

Avoid idling whenever possible. Idling provides 0 mpg, bringing your average mileage down.

Use cruise control to keep a constant speed to increase gas mileage.

Maintain Your Car

Get scheduled tuneups and fix mechanical defects. Mechanical problems can alter your gas mileage.

Check your tires regularly to ensure they are properly inflated. Just 1 psi (pounds per square inch) drop in tire pressure reduces gas mileage by 0.3 percent.

Use the correct motor oil for your Maxima, which is found in your owner's manual. Using the wrong grade of motor oil can decrease your miles per gallon by 1 percent to 2 percent.

Plan and Combine Trips

Plan your errands into longer trips instead of many short trips, thereby reducing fuel waste.

Adjust your commute and errands to avoid rush-hour traffic. The more stop-and-go traffic you're in reduces your gas mileage even more.

Use ride-share options or public transportation occasionally, if it is available. Taking fewer trips in your car overall will greatly reduce fuel use.

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