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Nissan Versa

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  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    For me, I wouldn't consider the Corolla/Civic because they both seem too cramped inside, as compared to a Versa, Fit, Yaris or Fusion if you want to bring that in the mix. In comparing the Fit to the Versa, the Fit handled better and was more sporty, but the Versa was smoother, quieter on the highway, and had more interior creature comforts. I want a 4dr, but the Yaris 4dr seems sort of cheap inside and I don't like the center dash, plus I'd rather have the hatchback.

    With respect to the Fusion, it stated that "Ford easily wins the ride, feel, acceleration, and style versus the Versa" but all the reviews of the Versa have indicated that it's smooth and quite, and from what I've read about the Fusion, it's a more racy version of the Mazda6, and it has heavy steering, you feel the bumps more, and there's more interior noise. And I don't believe that the 4cyl engine makes the Fusion seem all that powerful, plus when you get all the options on the Fusion in comparison to the Versa you're talking about at least a $20K Fusion. And styling is purely subjective, so there's no point commenting on how one car has a "better" style.

    Bottom line is that the Fusion and Versa aren't even competitors, so it doesn't really matter outside of this forum ;) People are going to cross-shop Fusion/Accord/Altima/Mazda6 and I doubt if Fit or Versa will be in that mix.
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    Good replies from both you and flightnurse.

    Any chance Nissan might come out with a true B size model to compete with Fit and Yaris? Something that gets 38 or better on the highway. I would also like to see the next Mazda2 imported.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I doubt it. The Versa is the competition for the Fit/Yaris, even if it is a foot longer. The same tall body design. The question is whether there will be any American competitors.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    FWIW, I owned an I4 Contour also. It had a 125 hp 2.0L engine--a far cry from the 2.3L motor in the Fusion.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    If you're going to compare the Versa to a Ford, the Focus 5dr would make the most sense.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    I'm not comparing anything, I'm just correcting a misstatement in an earlier post.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    I truly think people don't understand what Nissan is trying to do, they are not doing the cookie cutter cars. So with that in mind, there really isn't a true competetion for the Versa in its price point. The Versa is a true B car, but they took the design from inside out. Something no other car company is doing today. With the Marriage of a french and Japanses company, we are finally seeing some of the French influence come through... For that, the Versa is in a class by itself...

    Tony
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Any chance Nissan might come out with a true B size model to compete with Fit and Yaris? Something that gets 38 or better on the highway.

    The JDM Nissan NOTE is the direct competition of the Fit and Yaris (5-door Hatchback), but Nissan will not bring the NOTE to North America. Rather, I understand that Nissan is contemplating bringing the funky-looking Cube to compete with the Scion. The Cube, with its 1.5 L engine, gets a good mileage. I personally think that Nissan should have brought either the 1.5 L Versa (as in most Tiidas) or the NOTE to begin with, but it's too late for that now.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    the Versa is in a class by itself.

    I have to agree. Even in Japan, a market that is jam-packed with excellent small cars, the Tiida is recognized as a car that has upped the ante because of the distinct way the comfort is addressed. Looking around in the world, I cannot come up with any car in this segment that emphasizes the creature comfort the way the 'V' does.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Maybe the Rabbit, but it costs more--particularly as a 5-door. More power, and more luxury available though.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Maybe the Rabbit, but it costs more--particularly as a 5-door. More power, and more luxury available though.

    That's exactly the car that I was also thinking about for comparison. In fact, I once read an interview of a Nissan engineer who was on the Tiida team. He was asked how the Tiida compared with the Golf, and he responded, something like, "Well, if we could sell our Tiida at the price the Golf sells, we could easily surpass the Golf," basically admitting at least some level of superiority of the German one. But at the price that the Tiida/Versa sells, I still hold that the 'V' is a class in itself.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Actually, I was surprised to find that the Rabbit MT with optional 16" alloys is only $600 more than the Versa SL MT (with optional ABS and standard 15" alloys). If you can make do with two fewer doors on the Rabbit. The five-door Rabbit is quite a bit more. After driving both, I'd be willing to pay $600 more for the Rabbit.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Actually, I was surprised to find that the Rabbit MT with optional 16" alloys is only $600 more than the Versa SL MT (with optional ABS and standard 15" alloys).

    Really?! Now, that's an education for me.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    From what I've read, the Rabbit is more like the size of the Fit, and similar to the Fit in sportiness, while the Versa is bigger than both and more comfortable. But then between the Fit and Rabbit, I'd wonder about the higher price and questionable quality.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    regarding quality VW has had questionable Quality now on thier lower priced cars... A friend has a 03 New Bettle, the dealer has replaced her window swtichs and window Regulatos 4 times.... She drive only 5500 miles a year...

    Tony
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    What's the quality of the Versa coming out of the Mexican factory so far? Any problems/issues being reported by owners?
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    What's the quality of the Versa coming out of the Mexican factory so far? Any problems/issues being reported by owners?

    Probably the most commonly reported problem of the Versa right now is with the TPMS. But like any problems reported on the internet, I am always suspicious of the skewed sampling error. In other words, I don't know how common "most commonly reported" really is.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Right, it's hard to tell just based on a few reports on Town Hall or anecdotal stories from a friend or co-worker.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,522
    So far my Versa has been Flawless regards quality and or problems. Others are having the TPMS light go on, but I haven't had problems with it...

    Tony
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    All TPMSs are affected by temperature change.

    If you live in a place with seasonal temp changes, your light will definately come on at some point. every 10 degree drop in temperature lowers the pressure of your tire by about 1 pound.

    Always check your tire pressure when the tires are cold and before you go for a trip.
    Also if you replace tires, make sure the tech knows what he is doing.

    Mark.
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