3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Nissan Versa

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Expert's Rating

4.2Excellent

MPG 30 City / 39 Highway
Pros
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Smooth ride
  • Good handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons
  • Base models come meagerly equipped
  • Non-folding back seat
, Automotive Editor -
The Versa remains worthy of attention if your priorities are space and features over flashy styling and zingy performance.

Introduction

One of the least expensive new cars on the market today, the Nissan Versa tries to give buyers in the subcompact segment value for money with room and features. It's a space-efficient package that doesn't use much fuel, but still offers features -- like iPod integration, Bluetooth and keyless start -- that some more expensive rivals don't have.

The Versa doesn't have the power or style of its competitors, however, so it will appeal mainly to people who want inexpensive transportation from Point A to Point B.

All Versas have a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The base Versa S has a standard five-speed manual transmission and an optional four-speed automatic. Also included are 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a two-speaker audio system with auxiliary input and a trip computer.

The S+ features a four-speaker audio system, cruise control and a continuously variable transmission. The SV adds power windows, mirrors and locks; keyless entry; and a tachometer. Top-of-the-line Versa SLs get keyless entry and push-button start, alloy wheels, a split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, iPod controls, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and fog lights.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Nissan Versa
Starting price
$9,888

2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 S

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a low-priced car

The Versa S comes with a low price but still offers a decent level of equipment. In addition to the 1.6-liter four-cylinder shared with all Versa sedans, the S gets a standard five-speed manual or available four-speed automatic. The S features 15-inch steel wheels, a trip computer, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a clock and a two-speaker audio system with auxiliary input.

2013 Nissan Versa
Starting price
$9,888

2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 S+

Recommended for: Buyers looking for better fuel economy

The S+ adds a few more convenience features to the S's equipment list. The "+" gets the Versa S a continuously variable transmission for better fuel economy, along with low rolling resistance tires, a rear spoiler, cruise control, silver trim on the steering wheel and a four-speaker audio system.

2013 Nissan Versa
Starting price
$9,888

2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 SV

Recommended for: Buyers looking for more features

The SV is a wise purchase for customers who want more features at a relatively low cost. Over the S+, the SV adds body-colored mirrors; a chrome grille and door handles; upgraded gauges with a tachometer; an upgraded trip computer; power windows and locks with remote keyless entry; a passenger seatback pocket; upgraded cloth trim with better door trims; and a driver's armrest. The Convenience Package adds features such as a split-folding rear seat, an iPod interface, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a passenger side vanity mirror and a front map light.

2013 Nissan Versa
Starting price
$9,888

2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL

Recommended for: Buyers interested in more technology

The SL is the best-equipped Versa and offers a lot of standard features for the money. Most notable are 15-inch alloy wheels, along with the Bluetooth system, keyless entry and start, variable intermittent wipers, front map light, passenger-side vanity mirror, split-folding rear seats and an audio system with iPod integration, speed-sensitive volume control and steering wheel-mounted controls. The Technology Package adds such advanced features as a navigation system with backup camera, USB connection and SiriusXM with NavTraffic.

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