2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback

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).

Joe Lorio, Senior Editor

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