2012 Nissan Versa Review
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The Versa reminds us of healthy breakfast choices--we know it's good for us, it's inexpensive and inoffensive, we don't dislike it, and yet, we can't fully embrace it.
Nissan's Versa may have the lowest price of entry for a car sold in the U.S., but the Nissan folks would prefer that you don't consider it to be 'cheap.' Still, it's hard not to when the car bases at $10,990 before destination.
It's up to Nissan, of course, to make sure the Versa doesn't feel low-rent--to see to it that the buyers are getting value for their dough. And since most buyers want something more from their cars than basic transit, even at this price point, we suspect most will spring for higher trim levels, like the SV sedan that showed up at our door.
SL trims are the highest level on the reworked sedan (the hatch carries over) but SVs aren't light in the equipment department. We'll get to that in a bit.
Buyers in this segment are looking for basic transit that doesn't embarrass. How does the Versa fit the bill?
Power comes from a 109-horse 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and our tester had 15-inch wheels. Note that the Versa is one of the few cars on the market with rear drum brakes.
Out back, the trunk is spacious but the opening is small.
Safety features include ABS, traction control, an anti-skid system, and the usual complement of airbags.