2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback

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).

I do prefer the Versa hatchback's styling to that of the somewhat dorky-looking Fit. The stripper Versa sedan that we had in the office recently was a very impressive bare-bones vehicle, but my choice is definitely this more versatile, stylish, and refined hatchback-but then it would be nicer, what with its price premium of a whopping $6500.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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