The 2009 Nissan 1.8 SL Hatchback was not even in my radar when I started doing my research for a new car. 48 hours after test driving one, though, I ordered it with all the available packages. This car is very fun to drive and has enough zip to not disappoint. CVT makes the ride so much smoother and quieter than the 2009 Honda Fit (I test drove both cars back to back on the same day). Edmunds.com may think it's a plain car, but I love it. Nothing complicated; just sound Nissan engineering.
Continuously Variable Transmission. Excellent fuel economy. Controls on steering wheel. Very comfortable seats. Plenty of leg room in front and at the back. Intuitive and easy-to-navigate console.
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