2012 Nissan Versa Overview
The Versa sedan starts with the 1.6S. Like all Versa sedans, it's powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 109 horsepower. A five-speed manual is standard on the S, but a four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The S also gets 15-inch wheels, trip computer, air conditioning, a full set of front, side and curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. A two-speaker audio system with AUX input is also included. The better-equipped SV gets a standard CVT automatic transmission, power windows, mirrors and locks, cruise control, tachometer and four-spekear audio system. The top-rung SL gets alloy wheels, fog lights, Bluetooth, iPod integration and a split-folding rear seat. The Versa Hatchback starts with the 1.8S, which has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 122 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It also gets split-folding rear seats, air conditioning and a four-speaker audio system with AUX input. The 1.8SL is the best-equipped out of all of the Versa models and gets power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry, a CVT automatic transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a six-speaker audio system.
The Honda Fit is agile, well-built and very versatile, but costs more and doesn't get as good MPG ratings as the Versa sedan. The Toyota Yaris is also inexpensive and offers a sporty looking SE trim, but it's not as economical as a Versa either. The Chevrolet Sonic is well-built, powerful and refined for the class, but can be very expensive. And the Kia Rio is stylish and offers better in-car technology, but can cost more and isn't as spacious.
While the Versa isn't the most glamorous small car on the market, its basic approach to transportation could appeal to buyers looking for a new-car warranty at a low price. The sedan boasts a rear seat large enough to embarrass some sedans in the next class up, while the hatchback is well-built and comfortable and available with advanced features like keyless entry and start that are still a rarity in this segment. The Versa is a wholesome package that could be just what certain buyers need.
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