Say what you will about Nissan's Versa, it continues to outsell everything in its segment and, for all 2011 model year production beginning in December, the base model's MSRP is unchanged at $9990 without the destination charge.
What's changed is that all Versas now have power windows and door locks, something for which most potential customers will probably be glad to pay a little extra.
December production of the 2011 model year also marks the introduction of the S Plus Package that includes cruise control and remote keyless entry. The least expensive Versa sedan with a four-speed automatic transmission instead of the five-speed manual transmission is the 1.6, at $13,010. Versa enthusiasts who need the speed of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine can get the 1.8 S, newly priced at $14,690 with a six-speed manual transmission.
The hatchback bodystyle doesn't offer the 1.6-liter engine. In 1.8 S form with a six-speed manual transmission, the hatchback starts at $14,640. Add $1000 for the four-speed automatic transmission. The high-end 1.8 SL -- offering a navigation system with a five-inch screen -- comes only with a CVT.
Versa sales are up 17.6 percent through the end of November. Here's a helpful reminder of where the Versa fits into the U.S. subcompact car segment:
Car Nov. Sales/Sales Through End of November Nissan Versa: 6724/89504 Honda Fit: 4180/49494 Hyundai Accent: 4052/49191 Ford Fiesta: 3473/18061 Chevrolet Aveo: 3262/44586 Toyota Yaris: 2154/36654 Kia Rio: 966/23675
All prices include destination unless otherwise noted.