Now here is a neat little package that definitely has got it going on, the 2012 Nissan Versa. Not only will tightwads drool at the vehicle’s all-around value but spendthrifts might just salivate a smidge too. The Nissan Versa is not only easy on the pockets but offers hands-down great fuel economy.
But what’s the draw?
The key word when describing the Nissan Versa is “value.” The sub-compact is kinda cute and is offered in a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. It is one of the lowest priced cars in this country and stands wheel-to-wheel with its rivals the Chevy Aveo, Kia Rio, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, just to name a few.
The Nissan Versa sedan’s exterior is pretty easy-on-the-eye. There are some design elements from the automaker’s larger sedans, some Euro cues as well. The roofline appears to be lower than last year’s model and there are also some added curves here and there.
The interior of the Nissan Versa is shockingly roomy. The subcompact will truly accommodate three full-sized adults in its backseat and quite comfortably, I might add. Six-footers plus will feel at ease when in the driver’s seat.
Don’t expect bells and whistles inside the cabin of the Versa but you won’t be disappointed by whatcha get! There are plastic surfaces all about but I wouldn’t call them subpar. The cabin of the Nissan Versa does look neat, finished. The dash controls are a cinch to use and well placed. The seating, although ample, is not as bolstered as I would like but again for the vehicle’s price point, they’ll do just fine and are supportive enough. Getting a child’s seat in the back is also certainly not a struggle. The seats are manual and are accompanied by pump handles, so you’re either a fan or not of them.
Since the price of the Nissan Versa is so doable, you might want to consider adding optional features that can be fun to include such as keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, and Bluetooth wireless controls and connectivity.
The trunk is surprisingly spacious for a vehicle of this proportion–14.8 cubic feet, more than enough room to throw junk in your trunk.
Gimme the 411 on the ride!
Ok, here ya go…civilized! Controlled. Kinda perky at times. I expected so much less, performance-wise from the Nissan Versa but got much more. The Nissan Versa has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that kicks out 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on the S and standard on the SV and SL. The sedan kicks less butt power wise than the hatchback, and the acceleration is a smidge more sluggish. If you’re no speed demon however, the power you get when you drive that ribbon of highway in the Nissan Versa, should more than suffice. It really does have the ride quality of a larger sedan. The vehicle also soaks up those annoying road thumps and bumps with grace.
Fuel economy on the Nissan Versa will keep a smile on your face with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined with the CVT. Braking is pretty solid and secure, the vehicle comes standard with antilock brakes.
What will finally seal the deal?
Pricing! Dollars are what makes the 2012 Nissan Versa an attractive new car for value-conscious buyers and that’s the bottom-line. (Bottom- line being the operative phrase here.) With prices for the Nissan Versa starting at $10,990 leaving you room for add-ons, why opt for a used car when you can have a solidly built new “Big Little Car” for a song that’s a pleasure to drive?
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