As cars are gaining more technology and greater features along with competing for style with each other the prices tend to go up rapidly leaving no place for a car that is reminiscent of prices that were in place even ten years ago. The Nissan Versa is that car and gives us a choice we can make whether it’s to buy a new car for our young teen drivers or for our own daily driving this car comes in at a price that will keep more money in your wallet and require less from you.
Price can’t be the only great feature of a car, otherwise what’s the point? The Versa offers more than just a great price, this car is easy on the fuel mileage, has a spacious interior including a large back seat and a reasonable enjoyable engine. The Versa is also a reliable choice you can make to have a car that gives you the confidence to drive where you want. For 2016 the Versa adds new body-colored power mirrors and rear speakers on the S trim with the SL will benefit from a leather wrapped steering wheel.
Since I spoke so highly of the price, let’s get that out of the way right now. The starting price for the base Versa comes in at $12,815 which is the bottom of the market. Adding some simple options will bring this car up to over $14,000 quickly and moving up trim levels can easily command a price that shows up just over $18,000. As a car that doesn’t ever even think about breaking the $20,000 mark the Nissan Versa could be the right car for your new teen driver or for anyone who is on an extremely tight budget but wants to have a reliable new car to drive.
For this price one of the major money saving features of the Vera is the engine. There is only one available and it’s a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder model that brings you 109 horsepower and 107 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine can be attached to three different transmissions to give you fuel numbers of 27 city/36 hwy mpg for the five-speed manual, 26 city/35 hwy mpg for the four-speed automatic and 31 city/40 hwy mpg with the CVT automatic in place. The CVT is what is in place as standard fare on the higher trim levels of the Versa.
When you think of a car that is supposed to be quick and peppy, the Versa does not come to mind. This is a comfortable compact car that will get the job done but does not add a lot of frills to the equation. The suspension and steering are adequate and give you a confident feeling when driving on any road to ensure you can enjoy the ride without the temptation to race around corners and try and create land speed records. The Versa is built to be a commuter car and it does that job extremely well.
As a commuter car the Versa needs to offer plenty of space to encourage a group to car pool and this car has what is needed. Not only will you and your colleagues be comfortable up front, but the back seat offers plenty of space to stretch out and possibly even take a nap on the way. The controls and instruments are basic and easy to use to make perfect sense when driving. There is no reason to think this car can’t get the job done as it was built to haul a team of professionals to and from work each day where they can make the world a better place for all of us.
The outside of the Versa is one place where you find some style and attraction which helps to make this a great little car to buy. The front grill is trimmed in chrome and the headlights sweep back much like more expensive models. The roofline is smooth and comes to the trunklid easily at the rear. Adding the body colored mirrors gives the car a more finished look as it rides along as one of the most sensible options on the market today.
As you might expect another way to offer a base sedan at such a low price is to sacrifice some comforts, but in the Versa these are livable choices. The base model does offer you air conditioning, power mirrors, a four-speaker audio system, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth, vanity mirrors and a rear defroster to ensure you do have the features that are must haves for every vehicle. In order to gain some of the other features you want such as power windows and locks, cruise control and a height adjustable driver’s seat you will have to move up to higher trim levels such as the S Plus or the SV.
In order to make the ride more livable and give you features you want, the options list is pretty long for the Versa. This includes an SV trim that adds a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, split-folding rear seats, upgraded upholstery, an improved audio system and an SV input. The SV adds the NissanConnect infotainment system, push button starting, a premium audio system with a 5.8-inch navigation screen, a rearview monitor, Bluetooth audio streaming, 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and chrome trim. This certainly gives you a car that can be enjoyable from every seat while still offering you a price you will love.
When you are looking for a commuter car that will simply serve the purpose of driving you to and from the workplace each day, the Versa makes a great choice. This car can be loaded up with some excellent features so you don’t feel cheated and come at a price that is easy to live with. Save the miles on your more expensive weekend drive and let the small investment you make in the Versa be the way you handle your daily commuting to and from work.