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I've had my 2012 Versa Hatchback for a few weeks now.

This car is all over the road! My commute to work is both city and highway. By the time I get to work my arms are just tired. Had the dealership align it cause it was pulling to the right but man I have to work on the highway to keep it on the road. And forget getting anywhere near an 18 wheeler. The dealer put new tires on it for me when I bought it but they are really cheap tires. I'm hoping it's something as easy as getting better tires will help. Does anyone else experience this?

Also my gas mileage is only 28 combined. My 12 year old Honda Civic got better mileage and I was thinking the Versa should be better than this.

Any thoughts or possible things to check?
 

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Thanks for the input. The Continental Pro tires seem to have a few reviews of tread life not meeting expectation. I will definately take it somewhere else, get tires and have it aligned again.
The place that put these tires on stated that
1. When tires are new, they grip the road better which diminishes gas milege, ( 2 other shops say it's not true)
2. There are 3 adjustments that can be made to align a vehilce but the Versa only has 2. I don't know enough about it to deny or confirm. LOL

When I left the tire store, my tire pressure light came on. I stopped, got out and looked to see if it was anything obvious. Nothing. So, when I got home I got my tire guage out of my Honda, tire pressure was 37, 32, 31 and 35. This was after only about 20 miles. They also said they had checked the alignment but the car was really pulling to the right. I told the person I purchased the car from and he had them align again. It has stopped pulling so hard to the right but still not what I expect.

Another factor is I live in the South. I would think since rain is more of an issue here than snow and given the heat here it may change what tire I would need??????

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Hmm, this stinks. I'm very hesitant to spend money on tires now that I have read that. I definately don't want to pay for 4 years on this car and deal with this. I travel 100 miles per day for work. To much driving to be holding it on the road.
Very disappointed.
 

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Also my gas mileage is only 28 combined. My 12 year old Honda Civic got better mileage and I was thinking the Versa should be better than this.
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The biggest factor in mpg is how you drive. You can't get great mpg if you are going 75mph, accelerating quickly, sitting in drive thrus, or jamming on the brakes all the time.

Thanks for the input. The Continental Pro tires seem to have a few reviews of tread life not meeting expectation. I will definately take it somewhere else, get tires and have it aligned again.
The place that put these tires on stated that
1. When tires are new, they grip the road better which diminishes gas milege, ( 2 other shops say it's not true)
2. There are 3 adjustments that can be made to align a vehilce but the Versa only has 2. I don't know enough about it to deny or confirm. LOL

When I left the tire store, my tire pressure light came on. I stopped, got out and looked to see if it was anything obvious. Nothing. So, when I got home I got my tire guage out of my Honda, tire pressure was 37, 32, 31 and 35. This was after only about 20 miles. They also said they had checked the alignment but the car was really pulling to the right. I told the person I purchased the car from and he had them align again. It has stopped pulling so hard to the right but still not what I expect.

Another factor is I live in the South. I would think since rain is more of an issue here than snow and given the heat here it may change what tire I would need??????

Thanks!
I too have seen the tire reviews of not getting the expected mileage out of them....I hope that is not true. Hence why I keep them rotated and aligned which will greatly extend their life.

1. It is not true. In general, tires with 10/32nds will grip the same as a tire with 3/32nds of tread life left on dry pavement. The only time grip diminishes is when it is wet, snowy, or there is gravel and the sipes cannot keep up to evacuate the water. Many tires have sipes that only go halfway into the tread...so on dry pavement the grip will be better than new (and a bit louder) but worse in wet conditions. Of course that is assuming that the tire is still as soft and pliable as when it was new and not hard or dry rotted. Every tire has a different friction factor (rolling resistance)....that is what affects mpg.

2. I havent gotten into my suspension much but the 3 adjustments are camber, toe, and caster. Most vehicles have all 3 but not all.
 

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I have an '08 with a CVT that gets around 28-30 MPG. Not great gas mileage for a small car, but the Versa is pretty big and heavy for a compact. I'm tall with long legs so the choices are limited in the compact class.

I replaced two of the stock Continentals at 50K, and the other two around 55K. It's about what I was expecting for tread life. I usually get my oil changed at the dealer, and tire rotation is part of their oil change service. I probably could have gone a bit further on the first set, but it was winter and the car was starting to get squirrely in slush-covered parking lots. New tires on the drive wheels fixed the problem.
 

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My friend has a 2011 hb and I have a 2012 hb. The same exact setup with lowering spring. My car is definitely not as stable as his on the highway, the reason is he has 17 inch rims with 215 wide tires, as I have stock 185 size tires. With the added amount of road that is contacted. his car is much more stable. I plan on getting wider tires or new rims when these tires are worn.
 

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I bought my 2010 Versa HB from Hertz Rent2own program. I had 3 days to decide whether or not I wanted to buy it. I made sure to check everything out. Anyway, I've had it almost 4 years now. Replaced the tires and wipers at 36,000 miles. Otherwise, a good, reliable car. The new tires made a big difference in driveability. Improved stopping distance and the overall ride. I've never had any issues with steering or what you are describing. That is why I'm going to continue to buy used cars from Hertz because they are relatively new and tested out.
 
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