My husband and I tried every other hatchback and station wagon under $20,000 (including some used) before deciding on the Versa. We tried both the S and SL hatchback and chose the SL because it has much smoother acceleration, iPod hookup, and VDC and stability control (great in the snow!). So far, the car has been a joy. Handling is responsive but not too stiff. Some of the other hatchbacks felt like "kid cars" to us, but the Versa is roomy, with the most backseat space for a carseat to fit if needed. If you get the hatchback, make sure to purchase the $130 cargo organizer for a level load floor with bins below.
* Headroom * Appearance * VDC and stability control in the snow * iPod hookup * Comfortable and roomy seats * Cargo organizer
Include the cargo organizer standard or at least advertise it better! So many reviews complain about the lack of level load floor, which is easily fixed.