The Nissan Versa sedan doesn’t look or act like it’s the most inexpensive car in America. It has a good engine, nice interior and pleasant styling, and costs from $11,990 to $16,590. The hatchback model of the Versa runs from $14,670 to $18,590. The two cars are different enough to get two reviews.
The Nissan Versa sedan does the job for the least money. It’s pleasant styling won’t draw crowds, but no one will make fun of it either. The front engine/front drive car uses a 1.6 liter DOHC four cylinder engine to produce 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft. of torque. That’s enough to push the car from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds.
Spiritedly for a car that weighs around 2,400 pounds. The car is available with a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which is essentially an automatic with one continuously changing gear.
The sedan comes in four trim levels; S, S Plus, SV and SL. The options and standard equipment for all four levels include a navigation system, rearview monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, power windows, driver’s seat armrest, 60/40 fold-down rear seats and two or four speaker audio system.
Nissan put a different engine in the hatchback model of its Versa line. The 1.8 liter DOHC four cylinder engine develops 122 horsepower and 127 lb-ft. of torque and pushes it to the wheels with a four-speed automatic, a six-speed manual or a CVT.
The Environmental Protection Agency rates the car at 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
The styling of the hatchback is quite aggressive. The roofline slopes front-to-back, giving the car a slippery look. The front of the car is well-integrated with a small hood and big headlights.
There are two trim levels in the hatchback; S and SL. Options and Standard equipment in the S version include 15 inch aluminum alloy wheels, cruise control, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod interface, navigation system and a cargo area cover. The SL trim level adds 16 inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, rear roof spoiler, sound system with six speakers and auto-dimming rear view mirror.