• Jun 12th 2010 at 2:04PM
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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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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Available all wheel disc brakes please Nissan - drums are sooo C20th on a small car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on Nissan, give us a nice silky SE-R model with your new turbo, and handling that will make the Mini S trying to keep up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A $7,000 difference between base and luxe models.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure, choice is awesome. But a $7k difference on different puddle jumper models?

        Oh, and take a long walk off a short pier. Thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Versa is marketed as Tiida in Japan, and Nissan claims it to be "compact meets luxury".... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY3OERRVqPE )

      It's so weird when in here, the Versa has a base model that's regarded as one of the cheapest bare bone cars in US....
        • 5 Years Ago
        the cultural standards are different (especially in what is luxury), and the econimcal-financial situations are different. I'm some countries, McDonalds are considered as "luxury imports"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This has proven to be typically half French (Renault) unreliable, with relatively sloppy handling, a result of the soft suspension.
      Inordinately large interior, French comfy seats and cheapo hardware. A new one needed now to be competitive. The Koreans are eating their lunch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From some test driving 2 years back, the cheapest versas are still much more refined than any yaris or carolla...that's the point I realized toyota sucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've had my Versa hatch 4 years. No serious issues and an unbeatable standard 10 year/200K warranty on the CVT. Mine was first batch out of the factory in July 06, there are minor trim issues - the passenger airbag cover warping and coming unglued, the glossy finish wearing off the steering rim. That's it.

      Mazda 2/Ford Fiesta just released and neither has the rear seat room of the Versa. However both are what I would call 'more active,' to drive than Versa. The Fiesta lacks active safety head restraints perhaps this will be corrected on next years model. The automatic on the Mazda 2 is only 4-speed.

      I personally think the Honda Fit is still class leader.
      • 5 Years Ago
      By 5 dollars, Nissan Versa officially takes the cheapest car in America crown from Hyundai Accent (9995)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looking at the website now I see that the Accent starts at $9970 and has a $720 destination charge. (Though for some reason an additional $500 off, haha). The Versa is $9990 with a $750 destination charge. Small difference, but still.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "What's most important, though, is that the pricing for the latest Versa has gone unchanged."

      If it is really so important, shouldn't you double-check that "fact"? Don't be fooled by Nissan's sly press release. They state the base model remains unchanged at $9990. That's true. Then they list the prices for all the other models. Now, try comparing them to the 2010 prices and see what you come up with...
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