2012 Nissan Versa Reviews

Like other vehicles in this growing segment, the Versa combines excellent fuel economy, solid build quality and space-efficient interior design while remaining very affordable. The four-door Versa also distinguishes itself with many upmarket features and the choice of an inexpensive 1.6-liter engine or a relatively peppy 1.8-liter.

Current Nissan Versa
The
Nissan Versa economy car comes in two body styles: a four-door hatchback and a four-door sedan. Both body styles share the Versa's distinctive high bulbous roof line, which allows for a huge amount of interior space. The Nissan Versa is available in four trim levels: 1.6 Base, 1.6, 1.8 S and 1.8 SL. Standard features on the 1.8 S include air-conditioning, power mirrors and a six-disc CD changer. A five-speed or six-speed manual transmission is standard on most trims, with a four-speed automatic being optional.

Used Nissan Versa Models
The Nissan Versa was new for 2007.

The
2012 Nissan Versa is a tale of two cars. The Versa sedan has been completely redesigned for 2012. The Versa hatchback, however, soldiers on in its previous guise with only standard feature upgrades on which to hang its hat. In terms of exterior size, the new 2012 Versa sedan is largely unchanged. Fuel economy is up, and when equipped with the revised continuously variable automatic transmission, the Versa sedan achieves an impressive 33 mpg combined EPA estimate. The sedan's also between 3 and 6 mpg better than the hatchback depending on transmission.

Inevitably, though, your choice is more complicated than simply Versa versus Versa.
The 2012 Nissan Versa is available in sedan and hatchback body styles, but each represents different vehicle generations. The Versa sedan comes in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. Stepping up to the Versa SV sedan adds the Cruise Control package, full power accessories, keyless entry, upgraded upholstery and upgraded gauges.

The Versa SL sedan gets 15-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and the contents of the SV Convenience package. The Versa hatchback is available in S and SL trim levels. The Convenience package adds the Plus package, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls and an iPod interface. The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 109 hp and 107 pound-feet of torque.

In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped Versa hatchback went from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined with the manual and 24/32/27 with the automatic. The Versa hatchback SL comes standard with a CVT, which brings fuel economy up to 28/34/30.

Regardless of body style, the
2012 Nissan Versa comes standard with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), brake assist, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

While the interiors of the Versa sedan and hatchback differ in design, their basic virtues are similar.

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