1.8 S 4dr Hatchback
2012 Nissan Versa

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Engine Engine 1.8LI-4
MPG MPG 26 City / 31 Hwy
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2012 Versa Overview

What Are You Willing To Sacrifice For A Low Price? The compact car market is white-hot. The new Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra have lifted the segment to new levels of refinement while at the same time improving fuel economy to 40 miles per gallon on the highway and beyond. Instead of turning their attention back to trucks and SUVs, manufacturers are going even smaller. Automakers have begun pouring vast resources into the smaller subcompact segment, and the result has been a wealth of all-new models. The Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta are all-new or updated and vastly superior to prior subcompacts that still linger in our memories like an unpleasant aftertaste. Nissan has put its subcompact under the knife, too, as the 2012 Versa features all-new sheetmetal, revised powertrains and a fresh interior. The previous Versa was known for being larger and less expensive than its competition, and its sales reflected that – it's been the most popular model in its segment. But we've been curious to learn if this latest redesign may help or hurt the Versa's standing, so we borrowed the keys to a top trim 2012 Nissan Versa SL Sedan for a week to find out. The Versa may have brand-new sheetmetal, but that doesn't mean Nissan had any intention of deviating from its tried and true B-segment formula. Starting at just $10,990, the Versa continues to boast the lowest starting MSRP in the segment, undercutting the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent by $1,300 or more. Our Blue Onyx SL tester wasn't close to $11,000, but it was still a relative bargain at $15,560 (plus $780 for delivery). The SL is nearly $5,000 more expensive than the base Versa, and all that extra money buys you many of the features new car buyers have grown to expect. We're talking standard features like keyless entry, upgraded cloth seats and a four-speaker sound system. Among the (once) high-end features that come with SL trim are Bluetooth hands-free phone integration, an iPod interface, upgraded audio system and easy-to-operate steering wheel-mounted controls. The SL also includes a continuously variable transmission in place of the standard five-speed manual, cruise control and power windows and locks. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control and a full complement of front, side and side curtain airbags. With a $15,560 price tag, we didn't expect much in the way of accoutrements, but it doesn't cost much extra to bend metal. The exterior of the Versa sedan is all-new for 2012, with more curves just about everywhere. The SL trim level adds chrome accents on the grille and door handles for a touch of class to go along with seven-spoke 15-inch aluminum wheels. Overall, we think the Versa looks awkward thanks to its tall roofline and narrow width, but those dimensions are the reason the cabin feels so spacious. When you step inside the cabin of the Versa, there's an overwhelming sense of roominess. The biggest surprise is rear seat legroom, which …
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2012 Versa Overview

What Are You Willing To Sacrifice For A Low Price? The compact car market is white-hot. The new Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra have lifted the segment to new levels of refinement while at the same time improving fuel economy to 40 miles per gallon on the highway and beyond. Instead of turning their attention back to trucks and SUVs, manufacturers are going even smaller. Automakers have begun pouring vast resources into the smaller subcompact segment, and the result has been a wealth of all-new models. The Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta are all-new or updated and vastly superior to prior subcompacts that still linger in our memories like an unpleasant aftertaste. Nissan has put its subcompact under the knife, too, as the 2012 Versa features all-new sheetmetal, revised powertrains and a fresh interior. The previous Versa was known for being larger and less expensive than its competition, and its sales reflected that – it's been the most popular model in its segment. But we've been curious to learn if this latest redesign may help or hurt the Versa's standing, so we borrowed the keys to a top trim 2012 Nissan Versa SL Sedan for a week to find out. The Versa may have brand-new sheetmetal, but that doesn't mean Nissan had any intention of deviating from its tried and true B-segment formula. Starting at just $10,990, the Versa continues to boast the lowest starting MSRP in the segment, undercutting the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent by $1,300 or more. Our Blue Onyx SL tester wasn't close to $11,000, but it was still a relative bargain at $15,560 (plus $780 for delivery). The SL is nearly $5,000 more expensive than the base Versa, and all that extra money buys you many of the features new car buyers have grown to expect. We're talking standard features like keyless entry, upgraded cloth seats and a four-speaker sound system. Among the (once) high-end features that come with SL trim are Bluetooth hands-free phone integration, an iPod interface, upgraded audio system and easy-to-operate steering wheel-mounted controls. The SL also includes a continuously variable transmission in place of the standard five-speed manual, cruise control and power windows and locks. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control and a full complement of front, side and side curtain airbags. With a $15,560 price tag, we didn't expect much in the way of accoutrements, but it doesn't cost much extra to bend metal. The exterior of the Versa sedan is all-new for 2012, with more curves just about everywhere. The SL trim level adds chrome accents on the grille and door handles for a touch of class to go along with seven-spoke 15-inch aluminum wheels. Overall, we think the Versa looks awkward thanks to its tall roofline and narrow width, but those dimensions are the reason the cabin feels so spacious. When you step inside the cabin of the Versa, there's an overwhelming sense of roominess. The biggest surprise is rear seat legroom, which …Hide Full Review