2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback

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.

This particular car is pretty much fully optioned, coming in at a just under $20,000, which is fairly steep for a subcompact. But a look at the equipment list shows that you're not lacking for much of anything: power windows and locks, cruise control, sixteen-inch aluminum wheels, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, sunroof, and traction control are among the many amenities. You could easily save yourself about $5000 by opting for the hatchback with the six-speed manual transmission. You'd have to sacrifice some of the above-listed amenities, but you'd still have a solid subcompact that is satisfying to drive and delivers good fuel economy.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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