The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan goes on sale this August, and like its predecessor, the 2012 car will continue to be one of the most affordable new cars in America. Base prices for the Versa sedan start at just $11,750, including a $760 destination charge.
That entry fee nabs the base 1.6S trim, which is the only model equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. The Versa 1.6S has very little standard equipment, including air conditioning, ABS, stability control, 15-inch steel wheels, and a CD player. For $13,520, buyers can select the 1.6S model with a continuously variable transmission. Cruise control is available as a $350 option.
The next step up is the 1.6SV, which starts at $15,320. Additional equipment includes power mirrors, power windows, and better seats. The $350 Convenience Package adds a better audio system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
Finally, the top-of-the-line 2012 Versa is the 1.6SL, which wears a sticker price of $16,320. It features all the same trim as the 1.6SV with Convenience Package, plus alloy wheels, fog lights, and split-folding rear seats. A $700 Technology Package adds a navigation system and satellite radio.
The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is marginally more compact, but offers more interior room than the outgoing model. It wears smarter, more rounded sheetmetal, and features a revised 1.6-liter inline-four engine. Now with dual-variable valve timing, the engine produces 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. Nissan predicts the Versa will receive EPA ratings of 30/38 mpg (city/highway) with the continuously variable transmission.