I looked at the Versa, the Fit and the Yaris, and for me this was the best of the three for several reasons including available features, safety rating, performance and roominess. CVT was a plus, as well as the larger gas tank size. It's fun to drive and cute to look at. It looks and feels a lot more expensive than the sticker price. It gets loud when accelerating to higher speeds, but once speed is achieved, the ride is smooth and quite. Wish ABS was available without adding additional equipment. For mixed highway/city driving I get about 32 mpg, and that's improving each time I fill up. It's a great commuter car that's easy on the budget, well designed and one of the best in its class.
CVT, standard 6 disc CD changer, keyless entry (optional), aux input, all the space - feels bigger than most large sedans.
Standard ABS, flat folding seats/more seat configuration options like the Fit.
I have owned my Versa for about seven months, and I have been delighted with it so far. My previous car was a BMW 3, which was getting too expensive to own. Obviously the Versa doesn't have the performance capabilities of the BMW, but I still find it fun to drive in daily use. I special-ordered mine with ABS, and I am glad I did -- I have felt it kick-in when stopping quickly on wet pavement. I test-drove the auto transmission and liked it, but the CVT makes the engine nearly silent in city driving and makes the process of going up hills much more pleasant. My gas mileage averages 28 in 50% heavy city traffic and hilly terrain. Our other car, a VW Golf auto, gets 22 mpg on the same routes.
Comfortable seats; high stance provides a secure feel on the SUV-populated road; quiet and smooth ride; easiest car to parallel-park I have ever owned; good sounding and easy to use stereo; spacious back seat; large side mirrors contribute to good visibility; CVT feel; high ground clearance.
Make ABS standard; improve interior lighting (difficult to put key into the ignition at night); add option for fold down rear seat cushions to provide a flat cargo area; make dashboard in fewer pieces to reduce creaks and reduce chances of future rattles; make front headrest more adjustable fore/aft.
I bought the SL with the CVT. It is so much fun to drive this car. I am already getting 32 MPG. I love the interior room too. I have only had the car for 3 days but I can already tell this was a smart decision to buy this car. If you're looking for good mileage and reliability, this little gem is worth a look.
The CVT and the seats are really comfortable!!
The only thing that I could suggest is that the cup holder is a little awkwardly placed to reach the drinks but that is not a big deal for me!
Probably the best small car I have ever owned - and in my 80+ years I have owned a lot. It's fun to drive, as evidenced by the fact that I have driven it 5000 miles in 4 months. Rides well, handles well, lots of extras for its price. I can't say enough good things about it.
Comfortable ride; 6 disk CD player; radio control on steering wheel; Bluetooth ready; lots of pep when you need it.
Mileage disappointing, not as advertised. Have trouble getting 30 MPG. Blind spot on left side.