2010 Nissan Versa

1.6 S FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 man trans

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Nissan's least expensive offering in its 2010 lineup is currently the sub-$10,000 Versa subcompact sedan. Around the world, however, Nissan markets even smaller and cheaper models like the (sub-)subcompact Micra. The Japanese automaker has set its sights on Mexico to expand production of the Micra, and has confirmed plans to build up to two additional models in revamped facilities there.
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The bright blue hue and upright profile of this Versa reminded me of our Four Seasons Honda Fit Sport, but I'd argue that the similarities end there. Both cars run roughly $19,000 and include navigation, but the Versa has the little Honda outclassed. At this price point, Nissan adds other features like a sunroof, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and keyless entry/ignition.
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The Versa hatchback, like the sedan we tested a few weeks ago, is a solid competitor in the subcompact segment. The Versa rides well and has a reasonably powerful engine. The back seat is particularly roomy, and the hatchback design and 60/40 fold-down rear seats mean that this vehicle can carry bulky items easily.
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It's striking how similar the Versa is to the Cube. Both are relaxed-driving compacts that prioritize comfort. Like the Cube, the Versa has wide, soft seats and plenty of interior space. Cushy armrests and nice cloth upholstery are unusual for this class. Of course, both cars use a continuously variable transmission, and it's an agreeable unit that doesn't call undue attention to itself. No automaker has embraced the CVT with the fervor of Nissan, so it's a good thing that Nissan does them well. Nissan also has a fixation with pushbutton keyless ignitions, and I must say I'm less enthralled with those. Being able to leave the key in your pocket is convenient, but the pushbutton is less precise to use than a twist ignition switch (like the keyless ignition offered by Mitsubishi).
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This Versa is far preferable to the stripper version we had a few weeks ago. Its upgrades include a radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and even a navigation system. As you might imagine, these additions push this compact Versa hatchback's price to a not-so-compact $19,595 sticker price. That's $1000 more than our recently departed Four Seasons Honda Fit Sport. But the Versa feels more refined than our Fit did; superior interior comfort, better radio controls, and mellower highway cruising also struck a big plus in my book. Even this navigation unit is easier to use than the outdated one in the Fit.
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Yes, this Nissan Versa looks just as geeky as the Honda Fit from the outside but, as Evan and several others have mentioned, it feels far more civilized from behind the wheel. This refinement is most obvious on the highway, where, at 80-plus mph, the Versa was quiet and composed. It even shrugged off strong wind gusts that would have easily unsettled our Four Seasons Honda Fit.
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Every time I get into a Versa, I'm surprised by how well it drives. I guess I have low expectations for a subcompact, but the Versa has a firm chassis, compliant ride, good steering, and a general air of quality and refinement about it. As well it should, now that I think about it, for nearly $20,000.
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As my colleagues have already pointed out, this Versa is very comparable to our Four Seasons Honda Fit in both content and price. And it compares very well. In fact, the Versa seems quieter on the highway and better finished inside. The drivetrain isn't as enjoyable, though, because Honda's manual gearboxes are always so good. The Honda also offers superior fuel-mileage ratings (27/33 mpg city/highway versus 24/32 mpg for the Versa).
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2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback
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I knew when I signed out the Versa that it was the stripper 1.6 model, but I couldn't stop myself from exclaiming, out loud, "What the &%$@, no radio?" when I got behind the wheel. I didn't mind that there were manual windows and no power locks or mirrors - in fact, that's what I expected to find in this base model Versa. But no music? The fact that a stereo system of any sort isn't even available in this model (although it is prewired for you to install an aftermarket unit) strikes me as a gimmick, especially when you consider that this particular model comes standard with air-conditioning and has an automatic transmission.
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I fully expected this to be a penalty box, but from the first moment behind the wheel, I was pleasantly surprised by the Versa sedan. It costs about $13,000, and it's a stripper, for sure, but the only thing it's really missing is a radio---and it really is inexcusable not to have a radio; everyone wants a radio, no matter how poor or desperate they are. And I'd like a little more padding on the driver's door armrest, and I'd like a driver's right-side armrest, but I can live without it.
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Despite the absence of any sort of stereo system, the Versa is still my favorite small car. I'd much prefer a Versa hatchback to a Honda Fit if I were buying a compact hatch right now. The biggest difference between the Fit and Versa is sound deadening. Even without a radio masking the road and tire noise, the Versa was well insulated. I could have easily held a conversation at 70 mph without raising my voice, which wasn't always possible in our Four Seasons Honda Fit.
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We might have a bright yellow Dodge Challenger in our fleet right now, but this Versa delivers more retro flashbacks than the Mopar muscle car does. I learned to drive a stick on my aunt's 1990 Nissan Sentra E, which was devoid of virtually every luxury known to mankind. No radio, no A/C, no power steering, no power brakes, no power windows, no power locks -- you get the picture.
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Fourteen-inch wheels! Wow! Unlike Evan, those were the source of my first retro flashback when I drove the Versa 1.6. The other was in the opening and closing of the trunk. Since there's no sound-deadening material inside and no remote trunk release, you're rewarded with a satisfying metallic plonk as you turn the key and the lid simultaneously pops open. I swear it sounds exactly like opening the trunk of my dad's 1973 Dodge Dart Sport. The memories came flooding back ...
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Of all the content stripped from this Versa-the radio, power door locks, power mirrors, power windows-Nissan went too far by pulling out one specific element: the clock. Surely the clock had to go out the window with the radio, but I was hoping Nissan had a substitute in the instrument cluster LCD. It's also inexcusable that antilock brakes are optional on this Versa. As a $250 option, it seems like that cost could easily be buried into the sticker price without ill effect.
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We've already shown you the sketches of the next-generation Nissan Micra, but corporate executives revealed today that the new microcar will be sold in the U.S., slotting in just under the subcompact Versa range.

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2010 Nissan Versa Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
26 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
Horsepower:
107 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
111 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS (optional)
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM(GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM)
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN VEHICLES THAT WERE EQUIPPED WITH A GARMIN NUVI MODEL 750 NAVIGATION SYSTEM. THE BATTERIES CONTAINED IN THE AFFECTED GPS UNITS CAN OVERHEAT.
Consequences
OVERHEATED BATTERIES COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND THE REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED BY GARMIN TECHNICIANS BY REPLACING THE BATTERY AND INSERTING A SPACER ON TOP OF THE BATTERY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GARMIN DIRECTLY AT 1-866-957-1981 OR NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
7,948
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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