This car should be a "top ten pick" for an entry level car. My 2012 Versa Hatchback is a "bang for the buck" with CVT (smooth shifting), Bluetooth & Navigation, 16" wheels, ample trunk space w/fold down seats. Thus far, I recorded 28-29+ mph. I do a moderate amount of around town driving. It has ample pickup & power on freeway. Seat height makes getting in and out easy. Cons - rt knee patella can hit drver side dash (however, my 5' 10" husband is fine w it) - passenger dash is lower decreasing vertical leg room. A happy ex-Murano owner (Nissan makes good cars) I have no regrets buying this car (almost bought an Outback Subaru). Bought 2010 Versa Sedan for my 86 yr old Auntie. She loves it!
Extras, not found in most other "entry level" vehicles, include Garmin Nav (nice screen), Bluetooth; 16" wheels (vs 15"); CVT transmission; plus nice "form factor" (a small car, not a tiny one like the the Rio and Fit)
Most of my suggested improvements are mainly concerned with rear view visibility (not great w/most cars these days); add backup feature to Nav or on rear view mirror; square out form factor (more like a station wagon); remove blackened corners on rear window; make fold down rear head rests for when not in use (they decrease rear window visibility); redesign lower dash line so driver rt side doesn't impede rt knee comfort; raise lower dash line on passenger side to add more vertical space for leg movement/comfort; add more cushion to back seat for sitting comfort; Add to product line a small Station Wagon w/all options ($20-26k range?)