2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
I bought this hatch because it had more room for passengers than any comparable cars. The Fit handled better, but seemed geared higher & had less room for passengers in back. The Yaris was tiny, had the annoying center gauges & felt like it would roll easily. Over 6500 miles, my Versa is getting 32 mpg (rural commute). The car is comfy, stable & handles well. It is too early to predict long term reliability. The only major knock I have is the drivetrain. The 6 speed manual needs a higher overdrive. The Clutch is a bit vague & needs to have more "feel". My total price was $15,000 out the door with California taxes and title for a 1.8S with power package, VDC and 5 yr. 0.9%. financing.
-Lots of space for 2 back seat passengers -Price (Fit = too many $$$) -Vehicle Dynamic Control -Safety Rating -Mileage (32mpg over 6500 miles) -Straight forward gauges -Good size hatch -Handles better than reviewers say -Turning Radius -Visibility -Price again :) I feel I got good value.
-Higher 6th gear to get better mileage -Clutch with more "feel" -Inside hatch "popper" -AC that cools better(my car is black) -Oil filter in a better location for maintenance -Folding Seat like the Fit -VDC standard on all models -Less confusing wiper controls -Telescoping steering wheel