The Nissan Versa exemplifies the ways in which subcompacts have evolved beyond just being cheap and fuel-efficient. Like other vehicles in this growing segment, the Versa combines excellent fuel economy, solid build quality and space-efficient interior design while remaining very affordable. The four-door Versa also distinguishes itself with two available body styles and many available upmarket features. It's a great choice as an entry-level vehicle, but drivers looking for any degree of excitement or personality are advised to look toward the Versa's competition.
Current Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa economy car comes in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback known as the Versa Note, which will be available starting for the 2014 model year.
No matter the body style, the Versa has a tall roof line, which allows for a huge amount of interior space. Headroom is extraordinary. There is ample legroom, even in the rear seats where 6-footers can fit comfortably. Cargo space is similarly impressive, with the sedan's trunk bigger than several larger cars. The Note's hatchback is even bigger and more practical. Inside, both offer a wealth of comfort and convenience items. Antilock brakes, stability control, air-conditioning and a stereo are also all standard, while niceties like Bluetooth and a rearview camera are available.
The Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the base S trim level, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. The SV and SL trims get the CVT standard.
Regardless of body style, we've found that the Nissan Versa provides simple, spacious and inexpensive transportation. It's a sensible sort of a car. But if you're looking for a little flair or excitement in your subcompact, something like a Chevrolet Sonic or Ford Fiesta, thanks to their more involving handling and distinctive styling, will probably be a better choice.
Read the most recent 2014 Nissan Versa review.
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