In 2007 Nissan entered the subcompact market with the Nissan Versa. The Versa, available as a 5-door hatchback or sedan, remains unchanged for 2009.
A 1.8-liter inline-4 with 122 horsepower comes standard in the Versa. It's mated to either a 4-speed automatic, 6-speed manual, or continuously variable transmission, all of which send power to the front wheels.
Two trim levels, the S and SL, offer standard features that include air conditioning, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Features like full power accessories and ABS are optional.
The 2009 Nissan Versa can seat 5, and has a maximum cargo volume of 50 cubic feet in the hatchback models. From a stop, 60 miles per hour is achieved in about 9 seconds.
Fuel consumption for the Nissan Versa ranges 24 miles per gallon city, to 33 mile per gallon highway.
2009 Nissan Versa prices start at $12,990 for the sedan. The hatchback with CVT transmission and full options will just break $20,000. The Versa is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile power train warranty.
The Nissan Versa is a spacious, versatile, fuel-efficient player in the rapidly-growing subcompact market.