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Nissan Versa



  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Price isn't that great since you have to upgrade to the top of the line model to get things as basic as cruise control.
    Exterior styling looks very awkward and out of date already. Interior styling is plain, but could be spun as "clean and simple."
    Now, what does it have going for it? The gas mileage had better be better than all the competition or there is little reason to buy this car.
    Seems about as competitive and attractive a choice as the current Mitsubishi Galant is to an Accord/Camry or even Sonata.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,622
    Sentra is rated Below Average (half black circle) for predicted reliability by Consumer Reports, based on worse-than-average reliability for '02 and '03. It improved to Average for '04.
  • ctalkctalk Posts: 646
    Nissan seems to be slipping in reliability. Hyundai overtook Nissan in JD power (in both initial quality and long term dependability) and it seems Hyundai is doing better in CR to.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I think this is mostly a city car, and Cruise Control isn't something necessary.

    Although loaded up it costs $17K, which is a litle shocking. I'd rather forgo the Keyless Go for the Civic LX.
  • I think the Clio is a better looking car. Some how the nissan just isn't as fluid as it should be. The sedan is Horrific. I like the Yaris interior better. It is going to be hard to beat Kia on price and equipment. I have read some high praise for the Rio5's steering and responses. I will have to see it in person before I can make a full evaluation.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Arent the official prices- they are simply used to gather market data. Not sure how that all works, but I'd bet you wont see those numbers be the actual ones. When Nissan did the same with the new M series Infiniti, prices varied widely.

  • as I've stated on the "Low-End" forum recently, I am on my 2nd Kia in a row and am totally impressed with both of them. I like the new '06 Kia Rio sedan, even in black, with those large side mouldings blendly neatly in.

    I am adding the '06 Kia Rio sedan and Kia Rio5 to my futures list and would love to test drive them both. Kia's in general are just so hard to beat on price, feature content, Warranty and even performance, as you have mentioned on Rio5's steering and response feedback. Interested in how both new Rio's are performing for owners.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • avemanaveman Posts: 122
    I like the look of the Versa.The less brand new parts the better conserning reliability. I would definately want the manual transmission. Even though clutch replacement isn't covered under warranty, I think I would still come out ahead on maintenace cost if something were to go wrong with the CVT after warranty. The Clio is up for Euro car of the year award.I learned to drive a stick shift on an old renault Dauphne.
  • The Clio is butt ugly. Look at the front of the Clio. Horrible! Also the Clio sedan, looks to me like a Daewoo of the 80's. And dont even ask me about the Renault Scenic. What a joke.
  • Nissan now has the Versa on its website and you can build and price your own. I couldn't figure out how to get there from the main page, but here is a link that will work-,,action-NVersa_topicId-1_pageId-123147,00.html
  • After playing around on the Nissan website, I'm definitely interested to see the Versa for myself. I found a few things odd and some surprising features on such an inexpensive car.

    The 6-speed manual is a definite suprise as is Bluetooth capability and Intelligent Key (though optional) are welcome features. I'm sure to keep prices down, they didn't include ABS/side airbags as standard. I consider this a plus as I would skip this $700 option if keeping the price low was my main objective.

    The base S model isn't available with cruise control, even with the optional power package. The S also doesn't have an AUX input which I think should be standard as it is on the current Sentra. The S could also use a wheel upgrade option, those standard wheel covers do nothing to flatter the car and an alternative would be nice.

    The Rockford Fosgate stereo isn't available on the sedan, only on the SL hatchback. It's only a $300 upgrade, but requires the $700 convenience package to get it.

    Prices can get too high if all options are selected, the SL 5-door with CVT and all options has a sticker of $19,855 . If this car is the same price as a Civic or Mazda3 it doesn't make a lot of sense. With minimal options, say the S with power package for $14,255 or SL w/ no options for $15,555 it's a strong value.

    I may have to check out the SL 6-speed manual when it arrives.

    BTW, when will it arrive???
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,622
    I played with the Versa website also (really slow) and found that a SL hatchback equipped the way I'd want it, with 6-speed, convenience pkg (Bluetooth etc.), and ABS/bags is about $16,500. That's not too bad at all compared to, say, an Elantra 5-door that lists for $15,775 with a moonroof but w/o a 6-speed, alloys, CD changer, side curtains, Bluetooth, Intelligent Key, and a few other things. And it's still less than a Civic LX but with much more equipment--and the Civic doesn't have a hatch. If the Versa really does hold "five full sized adults" as the Web site says, and gets good fuel economy, it could be a real nice package.

    Nissan has stated the Versa will be available in the U.S. in the fall of 2006.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Those prices ARE NOT final, we;ll see where they end up.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,622
    Yes, I noticed the disclaimer on the Web site. It's fun to play "what if" though. And Nissan did publically state that the Versa would start at "about $12k". The price of the S model on the Web site is in that ballpark. Compared to other cars in the class, the pricing on the site seems reasonable, IMO.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    they lower the prices. $16K is kinda steep for an "economy" car.

    But I like that they're offering Intelligent Key. Its a surprising feature in a car at this price.

    Maybe after rebates and the fact that I've got access to Nissan VPP pricing (through a friend, I haven't used it yet) might make it a screaming deal.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,622
    Yeah, $17k is steep too, yet that's what Honda charges for the Civic LX and Mazda for the 3 with less equipment than the Versa. Not too many cars for $10k out there anymore. I like the fact that features like Bluetooth are working their way down into cars under $20k.
  • Comparison of Versa with competitors (all 5-doors)-

    The Versa S with power package is $14,255 (the only 6-speed manual!!!)
    Chevy Aveo LT is $13,880 (also has alloys and cruise)
    Elantra GLS is $14,394 (and butt ugly in my opinion)
    Kia Rio5 is $14,640 with power package (also has alloys)

    I'd say that puts the Versa comfortably in the ballpark with competitors. The Chevy Aveo is a little cheaper, but slitting your wrists also would be. :P
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    But the Civic is a bigger car, since its grown to be a "Compact" while the Versa is still a "sub-compact"

    And don't forget the Honda Fit...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,622
    The Civic may actually have less interior room than the Versa. The Versa is advertised to carry "five full-sized adults". The Civic has less interior room than even the Rio and Accent, which are typically classified as subcompacts. The Civic may be longer than the Versa, but that's not a positive thing IMO unless it is accompanied by superior interior and storage volume.

    To me, it looks like Nissan is aiming at the compact market (e.g., Civic, Focus, Corolla) with the Versa instead of the low-end subcompact market (Fit, Aveo, Rio, Accent, Yaris). This is based on the interior size of the car, its features, and its pricing.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,622
    Elantra "butt-ugly"? I think the Elantra's butt is very comely, the nicest butt in the compact sedan class. :) I'll be sorry to see it go next year. Now the Versa sedan, that is one ugly car!! The roofline in particular reminds me of the old Excels--not a good thing. The rear end isn't too bad, and is reminiscent of the first-generation Altima.
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