small_logo_nissan.jpgThe Nissan Lightfoot Quest 2008 was held over the weekend and produced some very impressive results. A total of 40 Nissan owners joined the competition. Participant cars included 12 Nissan Latio, 6 Nissan Latio Sport, 16 Nissan Grand Livina and 6 Nissan Sylphy.

The record holder for mileage during the competition was a Nissan Grand Livina 1.8 automatic which only used 3.19 litres for the 180.5km journey from Holiday Inn Glenmarie Shah Alam to Impiana Casuarina Hotel Ipoh! That’s 56.5831 km per litre! The second highest mileage was a Latio 1.8 automatic which used 4.787 litres, or 37.7063 km per litre.

Category Model Top-up Fuel KM/Litre
1.6 Manual Grand Livina 5.005 litres 36.0639
1.6 Auto Grand Livina 5.815 litres 31.0404
1.8 Auto Grand Livina 3.190 litres 56.5831
2.0 Auto Sylphy 6.195 litres 26.5636
Best Latio Latio 1.8Ti (A) 4.787 litres 37.7063
Best Grand Livina Grand Livina 1.8 (A) 3.190 litres 56.5831

This shows a few things: Nissan cars can be extremely economical if you drive them a certain way (the participants were educated on how to save fuel through economic driving techniques before embarking on the journey, plus there was a monetary reward for the best fuel economy so the driving situation may not be what any of us would consider driving within reasonably normal situations), and larger engines does not necessarily mean higher fuel consumption. The Nissans equipped with the 1.8 litre MR18DE engine seemed to clock better fuel economy in the competition.

Larger, more powerful engines do not need to work as hard as smaller engines so they can end up having equal or sometimes better fuel economy as smaller engines, but you still retain the larger amount of power reserve on tap.