Subcompact cars have a special place in the market. These vehicles are often affordable and attractive to new, young car buyers. They have recently become more popular thanks to their typically exceptional fuel economy. While it doesn’t necessarily get the most votes for its unique personality, the Nissan Versa is popular in this category.
Nissan Versa Origins
The Nissan Versa first showed up on showroom floors in the 2007 model year and this debutant impressed many automotive industry leaders. One of the biggest attention getters was the surprisingly spacious interior for such a small car. Additionally, it received praise for the high quality materials used in the cabin, making the Versa very comfortable for drivers and passengers.
About the Nissan Versa
It isn’t difficult to figure out why Nissan chose to introduce the Versa in the 2007 model year. Fuel concerns were a growing problem and the car market needed more fuel efficient models to choose from. The Nissan Versa has some benefits over the competition including its relatively spacious cabin and rather smart acceleration speeds. In this case, subcompact, economy car doesn’t directly translate to boring or uninspiring. The Versa was and continues to be a well made, solidly constructed choice in this segment.
Nissan Versa Features
The Nissan Versa is available as a new model for the current year. As in the past, this economy subcompact car is equipped with a variety of feature options. It offers a four-door sedan body style, but for the 2014 model year, there are plans to release a four-door hatchback version to be called the Versa Note. The new body style is a change for this previously rather limited line in terms of diverse styling and options. Experts expect the Versa Note to appeal to consumers with a need for more interior space as well as increased cargo room.
The Versa is classified as a subcompact car, but it would be a mistake not to notice the innovative design and engineering that makes this car something special in its class. Thanks to the tall roof line Nissan has built into every version of this car, taller drivers and passengers find plenty of head and leg room, something almost unheard of in this segment’s competition. Passengers of about 6 ft. in height are given sufficient room even in the back seat. The four-door sedan version of the Versa can boast significant more cargo space than cars much larger than itself in some cases. When the Versa Note hits the showroom floor in the 2014 model year, the available cargo space will be vast with a truly impressive amount of space for such a small car.
In the cabin, the Versa is well constructed and is made with a long list of high quality materials. Additionally, Nissan made sure to provide this little car with plenty of convenience and comfort features that make it feel more like a family sedan and less like an inexpensive transportation option. Consumers are sure to appreciate the Bluetooth connectivity features and the rearview camera options. This vehicle is also equipped with a standard audio system and air conditioning. Nissan didn’t skimp on the safety features for the Versa. Several quality features are included with this model including anti-lock brakes.
Under the hood, the Nissan Versa is equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission on the S edition, though consumers can choose the continuously variable transmission for this model instead if they prefer. The SV and SL trim levels are supplied with the continuously variable transmission standard. The engine is capable of 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque.
Overall the new Nissan Versa is a capable compact car with plenty of zip and nice accessories. Some consumers might be looking for a little more excitement behind the wheel. If so, they might want to explore some of the other options in this segment, but the Nissan Versa offers reliability and comfort.
Nissan Versa Evolution
The first generation for the Nissan Versa was from 2007 to 2011. This generation marked not only the Versa’s introduction, but also the beginning of its solid reputation. These cars were offered in hatchback and sedan body styles. Nissan saw fit to supply the Versa with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with a bit more power than the engines used today. In 2009, Nissan chose to offer new versions of the Versa aptly named the Base 1.6 and the 1.6. These models featured the 1.6-liter four-cylinder still used for the subcompact model.
Interestingly enough for the 2012 model year, the Versa was available as a hatchback. Then in 2013, the hatchback model was dropped, only to be added again for the 2014 model year. The Nissan Versa in its current evolution is a strong, well equipped little car capable of providing reliable, affordable transportation.