Nissan Versa 18 S Hatchback

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2007 Nissan Versa Hatchback

No bargain with the devil.

Mephistopheles: What’s with the Nissan Versa? You could’ve spent the week testing a Corvette or something.

Me: I like small cars. The design is interesting.

Mephistopheles: That hood looks like a Studebaker pickup. They should’ve just called it the Spoonbill. There’s so much blackout on the rear glass, you’d think it was London during the Blitz.

Me: To hide the rear pillars.

Mephistopheles: There’s nothing remotely sporty about the Versa.

Me: It has a six-speed manual transmission.

Mephistopheles: Sure. The throws between gears are so long, it’s like an outfielder hitting the cutoff man. And the gearing itself is so short, 70 mph is;achieved around 3250 rpm. Kind of breathy!

Me: It has a 122-hp engine.

Mephistopheles: Without variable-valve timing—hardly the most refined power. And it’s a torsion-bar rear suspension.

Me: Typical in this class.

Mephistopheles: Did you use the cargo area?

Me: We carried a stack of magazines and newspapers to the recycling drop-off, along with two tall bags of yard waste.

Mephistopheles: How’d you like the rear cargo cover?

Me: That pull-out blind is a pain.

Mephistopheles: Interior fit and finish?

Me: Pretty good. For the money, this isn’t a bad car. There’s tons of backseat room.

Mephistopheles: Next thing, you’ll be extolling the safety features.

Me: An impressive list.

Mephistopheles: What’s the number-one selling point?

Me: The everyday low price: $14,005 as tested.

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Me: It’s practical, nicely made, and all right to drive, but for another $2500 or so, the Honda Fit Sport is way more fun.

Mephistopheles: Alas, your soul won’t be mine. But I’m sending a Toyota Yaris S your way. I think you’ll love it.

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

Mephistopheles: Overall impression?

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