Nissan has raised prices and added equipment to three of its vehicles for the 2013 model year: the Cube hatchback, the Armada SUV, and the Versa sedan.
The 2013 Nissan Cube is offered in just two trim levels, S and SL, as the previous Cube 1.8 base model has been eliminated. The funky hatchback also gets Nissan PureDrive badges, and Sapphire Slate replaces Golden Ginger in the color palette. The Cube S is offered with a six-speed manual transmission for $17,550 (including a $790 destination charge), while adding a continuously variable transmission bumps the price to $18,550. Those figures represent price increases of $190 compared to the 2012 Cube S. The 2013 Cube SL adds more equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels and push-button start, and costs $19,650. The $1890 SL Preferred package adds navigation, fog lights, upgraded speakers, a backup camera, and a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer.
The main change for the 2013 Nissan Armada is the addition of the $2090 Platinum Reserve package. Available only on the top-spec Platinum model, the package adds 20-inch dark-chrome wheels, a dark-chrome grille and door handles, chocolate/almond leather seats, and real wood interior trim. There are five new color choices, a USB port becomes standard on all models, and Bluetooth becomes standard on the SV trim level.
Accordingly, prices rise slightly compared to the 2012 Armada. The 2013 Armada SV costs $41,705 (after a $995 destination charge) with rear- and $47,205 with four-wheel drive -- increases of $840 and $740, respectively. Stepping up the Armada SL adds heated seats, push-button start, a backup camera, and a Bose audio system, pushing prices to $46,995 with rear-wheel drive and $49,895 with four-wheel drive. The top-spec Armada Platinum, which adds goodies like 20-inch wheels, a moonroof, navigation, and a rear-seat DVD player, costs $54,275 with rear-wheel drive and $57,175 with four-wheel drive.
The 2013 Nissan Versa sedan arrives for its second year on sale with a few small tweaks. A new 1.6 S model offers a four-speed automatic for cost-conscious buyers who can't stomach the base car's manual transmission. Models with the continuously variable transmission now achieve 40 mpg on the highway thanks to new aerodynamic parts and better powertrain programming.
The 2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 S starts at $12,780 (after a $790 destination charge) with a manual transmission, an increase of $1030 compared to the 2012 Versa 1.6 S. The new Versa 1.6 S automatic costs $13,780. Stepping up the 1.6 S Plus nabs a CVT, cruise control, and the aforementioned aerodynamic components to earn a 40-mpg highway rating. It costs $14,480. The Versa 1.6 SV is $15,780 and adds in a chrome grille, power mirrors, and power windows. The top-spec 2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL costs $17,380 and features 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, Bluetooth, and other upgrades.