• Apr 30, 2008
Click the image above for a hi-res gallery of the Micra 160 SR

If there's one thing this blogger hates, it's begging. But Nissan, please bring this car to America. (Was that good enough, Nissan?) If Dr. Evil drove this car, his would declare the same thing I did: "friggin fantastic." Along with the Cube I've already committed to buy, I promise I'll get one of these as well.

This 1.6-liter, five-speed, 110-HP gas-powered version is a volcanic blast to drive. So much so that I ditched the road guide book for the first snaking mountain road I saw, and after going up and down once I spun the little red robin around and did it again. It's more fun than a MINI -- and I really like the MINI. But the Micra 160 SR is hootin' hollerin' hands up hallelujah fun. No wonder it's the best selling Nissan in Europe.

Inside, it's all you need in a spicy little hatch, which is to say not much, but what's there is just right. It's roomy, there's plenty of cargo space -- including a bin under the front passenger seat and a cavernous glove box -- but the cupholders will only do tiny cups. Although it's not like you'll have time to drink, with all the hooning you'll be doing. And the car is so adorable it teaches buttons how to be cute. I'm a fan. Nissan, the phrase you're looking for is: US regulatory approval.


You can check out the Nissan 360 event site for more details on all the vehicles in Nissan's lineup and company stats. In the mean time, be sure to check out the gallery of hi-res photos below.

Travel and lodging for this media event were provided by the manufacturer.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Since this is made in Washington and the dollar is weak I doubt this could be imported at a competitive price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Washington...UK. Trust me, after working at the plant where they build these, you don't want one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the March in Japan, yes?
      Nissan did a fair amount of testing about 3-5 years ago with the March in the USA and the reception when paneled to consumers was not good.
      I suspect Nissan could sell at least 40,000 per year of these in NA, probably not worth the trouble to federalize and advertise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Living in Los Angeles this is the exact kind of car we need. Or at least people like me. My partner has an A4 so that car is the road trip car. While I just drive to and from work and a few errands. I drive under 50 miles a week mostly all in traffic. I drive a less than 3 miles to work that if I'd relied on public transportation would take me 75 minutes to get to. Yes, I bussed and walked it once. Not fun! I run quick errands to the market and such. A small car like this is perfect for me. Bring it here, keep the price low and you got a hot seller.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know...I'm always forcing myself to not like micro-cars...but this Nissan makes total sense over an expensive hybrid system. It looks cool, gets great mileage, cost of ownership whould be extremly low and it'll get you across town with minimal effort. I had the pleasure of driving the Yaris for a few weeks, but it had an auto-tranny and that just sucked, but I'm imagining myself in this car (in black with a manual) and having fun across DC. Can we ask VW to poll city folks to see if they'd rather have the Nissan?? I'm guessing that 89% would already say yes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm here all week! But there is a 2 drink minimum.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "pleasure of driving the Yaris for a few weeks"

        I lol'd so hard, 9/10.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, finally Nissan hired Honda designers. Woo Hoo...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it a lot, but, for me, the Versa works better because of the rear leg room. 4 adults would not have fun fitting in this car. Rear leg room is like the Mini, almost none. For someone that can do with two seats and a rear baby car seat holder, this is a sweet ride.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So it is ugly Nissan car day here at autoblog! Thanks for sharing the tons of ugly Nissan cars with us today. Will this get it's own category link?
      • 6 Years Ago
      my gf drives a MICRA in Japan at the moment. its called a Nissan "March"

      cute as bug

      (the car. not the gf)


      • 6 Years Ago
      Dude,
      I want one. I'll park it in between my Dodge dually and charger R/T
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Yaris is one of the best selling cars here in "omg why do they get all the V8 RWD sedans" Australia (I think it's about fifth or something, Corolla is first, Commodore second), so I don't find it impossible to believe the Micra could do ok in the US. In fact they just started selling it here recently, and I've seen quite a few of them already. Don't think we can get this version though, only the more average versions of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You see americans!!!!
      There no point having a V8 sports car you can just as much fun and more in a little pocket rocket,1.6l whit 130-150HP 8000 rpm redline,sport air filter,sport manifold,gokart like handling and you there
        • 6 Years Ago
        Untill, Cortez, you realize the road you drive everyday is a 8 lane freeway, next turn 200 miles. Go cart like handling is useless in vast portions of the U.S. Often car enthusiasts have to go far out of there way to find a fun road where you can take advantage of gocart like handling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they sell it here?
      Because nobody in NA wants a good small car. Autoblog members notwithstanding.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What rock have you been hiding under? With current gas prices, sales of trucks and SUVs are plummeting and smaller car sales are rising.

        The Micra is more interesting than the Versa and Sentra. I wish they'd bring a 3DR Versa over. The 4DR is just ugly and inefficient, like the 4DR Yaris. They won't bring it over of course.

        I drove a Micra about 5 years ago in the UK as a rental car and thought it was a fun car then.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The 4DR is just ugly and inefficient"

        What the f*ck?

        Not arguing over 'ugly', of course... Well, I do think the Sport version is attractive. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        If gas prices keep climbing people will soon be standing in line to get vehicles like these....
        • 6 Years Ago
        What, like the Mini Cooper S isn't a smash hit in the US?
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