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Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is a compact car that Nissan introduced as the Tiida in 2004 to the foreign markets, but when it arrived in the U.S. in 2006 (for the 2007 model year), it carried the name, Nissan Versa, for the American markets. Today, it still uses the Tiida name in Japan, mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The Nissan Pulsar preceded it in America, the Almera in Eastern Europe, and the Sunny in Japan.

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About the Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is known for its larger size and lower price than the competition in the subcompact sedan category. At the same time, Nissan has managed to keep the Versa fuel-efficient. As competition gets fiercer and develops a new level of refinement and fuel-efficiency, Nissan stays determined to keep up with the fast pace.

Nissan Versa Features

The 2012 Nissan Versa comes as a sedan or as a hatchback. The sedan offers three trims: the S, SV, and SL. The hatchback comes in S and SL trims. Nissan makes major changes to the 2012 Versa sedan, including making this subcompact more roomy and increasing the fuel economy. The hatchback model only receives some changes to the standard equipment. The exterior of the sedan changes to be more aerodynamic while keeping the exterior measurements the same. It contains a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with either a five-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The hatchback has a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan and hatchback both have roomy cabins. The rear seats offer generous legroom, and front seats remain comfortable for long drives across town sitting in rush-hour traffic but not comfortable enough for a cross-country drive.

The controls seem easy to use and well-placed, and Nissan offers a generous cache of standard and optional features, such as navigation, Bluetooth, and an iPod interface. The interior uses decent materials and trunk space measures 14.8 cubic feet for the sedan and 50 cubic feet for the hatchback.

Nissan Versa Evolution

The Nissan Versa debuted in the United States and Canada in July 2006 as a 2007 model and made its public debut as a hatchback at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January 2007. The sedan arrived later in the year. It employs a 1.8-liter, dual overhead cam (DOHC) engine. It remains the only Nissan four-door passenger car in the U.S. and Canada to sell worldwide. The three transmission options include a four-speed automatic, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a six-speed manual. It represents one of two cars in its class in the North American market to offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment.

The Versa comes in two trim levels: the S and SL. Some standard features for the SL trim offer options for the S trim, and other features available for the SL trim remain unavailable on the S trim. Some optional features include Bluetooth and a sport package that adds a power moonroof and a rear spoiler. Nissan redesigns the grille for all 2010 models and the wheel covers in the 2010 1.8 S models.

In 2009, Nissan introduced the Versa 1.6 in the sedan model, which uses a smaller, 1.6-liter HR16DE engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission. The four-speed automatic transmission remains optional. The Versa 1.6 features black-trim exterior mirror housings, license plate trim, and front grille; 14-inch steel wheels; a four-speaker audio system with pre-wiring for a radio; six airbags; active front head restraints; and a tire pressure monitoring system. An optional Value Package adds air-conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and keyless entry. Other optional safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist.

The 2011 Versa sedan shows a major change because Nissan bases the Versa on the Micra and not the Tiida. The second generation Versa sedan uses a 1.6-liter engine that produces 107 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque. An optional 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine for the sedan comes standard for the hatchback. Standard safety equipment for all Versa models includes front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes remain optional on the base car and standard on all other trim levels. Stability and traction controls are optional on the 1.8 S trim and standard on the 1.8 SL trim.

The 2011 Nissan Versa has a remarkably roomy cabin. The tall roof creates plenty of headroom and the model offers generous legroom for taller passengers in both the front and rear seats. The interior uses good-quality materials and the controls seem simple and easy to use. The front seats are comfortable, but not comfortable enough to support drivers and passengers during a long journey. The Versa hatchback has a split rear seat that doesn't fold down to create a flat cargo floor, but it still creates 50 cubic feet of space when the seats are lowered. The tuned suspension provides a very smooth ride and it handles very well for most driving scenarios. However, the six-speed manual transmission, which comes with the 1.8 S and the four-speed automatic transmission, offer nothing remarkable.

Select a Nissan Versa Year

2013 Nissan Versa

Compact, Sedan


An economical choice with excellent performance and lots of comfort, the 2013 Nissan Versa offers the choice of a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,616

MPG
27-40
Seats
5

2012 Nissan Versa

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The Versa is totally redesigned for the 2012 model year, with the most notable changes being a new grille design and oval-shaped headlights modeled after the larger Altima and Maxima.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,503

MPG
24-38
Seats
5

2011 Nissan Versa

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The 2011 Versa gets a light helping of new kit, notably a standard six-disc CD audio system for the 1.8 S sedan and anti-lock brakes on all models sans the entry-level 1.6 Base. That said the 2010 model year saw the Versa receive myriad refinements, including a new grille, fresh wheels, and availability of stability and traction control and navigation.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,634

MPG
24-34
Seats
5

2010 Nissan Versa

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,083

MPG
24-34
Seats
5

2009 Nissan Versa

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The 2009 Nissan Versa comes as either a sedan or a hatchback.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,273

MPG
24-34
Seats
5

2008 Nissan Versa

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The 2008 Nissan Versa is a well-rounded sedan or hatchback.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,447

MPG
24-33
Seats
5

2007 Nissan Versa

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The 2007 Nissan Versa debuts this year.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,150

MPG
30-36
Seats
5

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