2010 Nissan Versa Hatchback – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Nissan Versa hasn't received any substantial updates since its 2007 debut. It's a shame, since there's some pretty stiff competition on the market these days, especially from the likes of the Suzuki SX4, Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. Still, Nissan adds incremental updates annually, and the 2011 model year is no different. What's most important, though, is that pricing for the latest Versa has gone unchanged, meaning the bottom-end 1.6 Base sedan still rings in at $9,990, and the top-end 1.8 SL hatch commands $16,900, with a variety of models in both body styles in between.

Visually, nothing will change from the 2010 car (pictured), but some new standard equipment makes its way onto some trims. 1.8 S Versa sedans now benefit from an in-dash six-disc CD changer, and mid-grade 1.6 sedans now come with standard ABS (sorry, 1.6 Base, you still have to do without anti-lock brakes).

We find the Versa to be a rather pleasant little economy car, but with fresher, more attractive offerings on the marketplace, Nissan will be wise to accelerate the development of its next-generation car. Still, with an unchanged price and more standard equipment on deck, the Versa should continue to sell relatively well until a replacement crops up. Hit the jump to read the full details in Nissan's press release.

Photos by Steven J. Ewing / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2011 Nissan Versa

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2011 Nissan Versa Sedan and Versa Hatchback, which are on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. With a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price* (MSRP) of just $9,990 USD – unchanged from 2009 – the Versa Sedan 1.6 Base retains its position as one of the lowest priced new cars available in the United States market.

For 2011, the fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive Versa is again offered in a range of nine models, including a choice of 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter engines and four available transmissions. 2011 Nissan Versa MSRPs (USD) include:

Versa 1.6 Base 5MT
Versa 1.6 5MT
Versa 1.6 4AT
Versa 1.8 S 6MT
Versa 1.8 S 4AT
Versa 1.8 SL 4AT
Versa 1.8 SL CVT

Versa enhancements for 2011, following an extensive list of changes for the last model year, include the addition of an in-dash 6-disc CD player for the Sedan 1.8 S, and the addition of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) for the Versa Sedan 1.6 (except 1.6 Base).

The front-wheel drive Nissan Versa continues to provide excellent fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance or roominess. Versa features one of the highest standard horsepower/torque ratings and largest interiors in the entry-level segment.

Versa's long list of standard and available equipment is anything but entry-level, however, and includes available Nissan Navigation System, Nissan Intelligent Key™, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately).

Versa 1.8 SL models are also offered with a low-cost Navigation/Satellite Package with a 5-inch LCD touch screen monitor, XM® Satellite Radio and XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately).

D&H Increase on Select Nissan Models

Effective immediately, Destination and Handling (D&H) charges will increase $10 to $750 USD on select Nissan models. Vehicles receiving the increase are Versa, Sentra, Altima, Maxima, 370Z and cube®. D&H remains at $800 USD for Frontier, Murano, Pathfinder, Quest, Rogue and Xterra and $950 USD for Armada and Titan. D&H for the Nissan GT-R continues at $1,000 USD.

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