2008 Nissan Versa 1.8 S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
Good around town runabout. Performance is good for this class of car. The 4 speed auto is to be desired. Lots of foot well space for my size 13s to shift a manual (if I had gotten it). The wife cannot drive stick so auto it is! Not much room for groceries but it does the job for a younger couple starting out. Over 4000rpm the engine gets obnoxious but cruises great in top gear at 2450rpm @60mph. Very quiet inside, not much wind noise etc. It's a bit sloppy on the road in high winds, but descent in the snow. Why is there no temperature gauge?? Come on Nissan! Alternator and most major parts are easily replaceable under the hood for those who plan to own for a long time!
I think the seats are best in class, give excellent support on longer drives. Steering is nicely weighted to give some feedback on what the tires are doing. Back seat space is outstanding. I'm 6'3" 245lbs and can fit with room to spare. It's more of a two place rear seat, not a three.
Cruise control as an option on the S trim level. Washer fluid doesn't like to 'fan spray' over the windshield which makes it difficult to clean when the fluid only squirts up 5-6". The 26" wiper blade is hard to find (winter version would be good to get!).