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Nissan Versa Test Drive reports



  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    From today's New York Times:

    6. NISSAN VERSA ($17,205) Based on the Renault Mégane, this is the closest thing to a French car you’ll find at an American dealership, and it’s worth a toast of Veuve Clicquot. A half-size larger than rivals like the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, the Versa is roomier than you’d expect. It also handles better than your basic econobox and has scored well in crash tests. For a lot of small families, it may be all the car they need.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,524
    THANK YOU.....

    So far 7600 miles on the car and I still love, I wished it had the Sunroof tho.. But the more and more I drive it the more I like it.

  • ethan8ethan8 Posts: 13
    I see there is still confusion about the Versa's platform. I have read so many different things in creditable magazines that I really don't care anymore. Some say it is a B ,some say a longer version of the B. I have read that it shares its platform with the Clio and then I have read it is shared with the Megane. The clio is probably more correct because of the size. The Megane is Jetta sized. One would have to find out what the wheelbase of the two Renault cars are and match it to the Versa. They really do not look a lot alike. There are some things like the new clio headlights that are similar. You can see this was not just a badge engineering job. Just so some of you can see the Renault cars. Here is the older Clio sedan
    2007 clio hatch
    Megane sedan
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    ethan8: I'm 99.9% sure Nissan considers this their "B" platform based on the cars cars that identified. I think the alpha code is just to equate to its size and its intended market. The Sentra is built off of Nissan's "C" platform (Civic, Corolla, Mazda 3) and the Altima "D" (Accord, Camry, Malibu). Obviously when then are talking sharing platforms, normally only the main underpinnings are shared. Much is changed to adapt to each market and how the vehicle will fit within the manufacturer lineup and against the competition.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I just got my Road and Track this month, and they tested four or five small cars with hot engines. The Sentra SE-R was on their list.

    But wait, this isn't a post about econo rockets, its a question about noise levels, and here is where my question comes from: that Sentra was rated at only 70 dB at 70 mph, vs. 74 dB in a VW GTi; the other cars in the test were at 74 dB, except for one other at 70 dB. (I think for every 3 dB difference there is a perceived doubling in sound level.)

    As I get older, minor differences in handling, gas mileage, and acceleration seem to matter less to me than peace and QUIET.


    How quiet is the Versa? It seems like Nissan might be building quieter cars, based on the Sentra test, but how about the Versa?
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Nothing beats actually driving one to see how quiet the car is TO YOU.

    I have met people who think their Saturns were quiet, while I could not hear myself THINK.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    Actually every 3 db is a doubling of the energy needed to create the sound. To the ear though, that difference is barely audible.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Wikipedia has a fairly opaque article on dB and you are right about the doubling of energy. BUT I couldn't find anything about the audibility difference; I do know my Impala rated at 67 dB in some magazine tests does seem much quieter than the typical econocar I drive - which are apparently closer to 74 dB (with the possible exception of the Sentra etc.).

    If you have any information about (or links to) perceptible sound levels, please fill us in.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    Sheesh - nobody can look anything up themselves. ;)

    The article above is one of many discussing the 3db threshold (maybe not the best, but one of the firt to pop up in google). Everybody can hear differently, but 3db is the industry standard for audio. Look at freq respons of speakers and they are almost always = or - 3dB

    The jist is you can hear a 3 dB increase in sound, but you have to be paying attention. Look at a volume knob of a reciever that is calibrated in dB and turn it up 3. Not a huge difference.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    This is the place to discuss what the Versa driving experience is like. How does it handle? How's the road noise? Is it comfortable on longer trips? All those subjective issues that make up the "driving experience"


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  • How does it handle?
    >>> I can't say I'm very impressed by Versa at high speed on the highway. With its taller stance, it's quite susceptible to sway under side wind. However, the steering feel is great at all speeds and combine with the firm suspension to give it a solid-feeling ride, unless one likes the "smushy" handling of old Buick LeSabre.

    How's the road noise?
    >>> The road noise is tolerable. There are other noises that may grab one's attention as well. I find the A/C start-up noise a bit excessive. The 6-speed transmission whines and can be audible in more enclosed areas. However, it is impressively quiet at idle.

    Is it comfortable on longer trips?
    >>> Definitely, yes. There are plenty of cup holders to hold enough drinks to keep one hydrated as well. :o)
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I'll just say this... my 18 year old daughter now prefers taking the 6-speed Versa over the 2001 5-speed Altima when she borrow the car. She's also hinted that she wouldn't mind becoming the primary owner of the Versa once she's allowed to have a car on campus next year :P

    I've blogged a bit about it on the Alternate Route


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  • Greetings Everyone!

    My 07 Versa just turned over 1200 miles, so i decided to "put my foot into it" at 60 mph. Put a smile on my face!! Went to 80 in no time flat!!! Tach went to about 4200 rpm and took my foot out of it.

    Yes, I know its not a muscle car, but surprised at the performance!!! Geat "econo" car! Big car ride! Smooth!!!

    Great Job Nissan!!

    07 Versa Sedan S
    4 Speed Auto
    DOP - 7-24-07

  • samncsamnc Posts: 44
    Slow in accerleration from 20 to about 50mph. Very good in picking up speed from 60mph to 80mph. at above 70mph, steering is not stable, 195/65/R15 might be a better choice for the tires to improve steering but with some loss in mpg.
  • I bought a 6-speed Versa Sedan 3-months ago. It does handle well, but that's about where the love affair ends.
    It fogs up at the slightest drop of rain, the fog can't be cleared unless I put the A/C on. There is a tremendous amount of engine noise transferred into the cab of the car. At 2700 RPM there is a howling noise. At 3000 RPM it sounds like a treadle sewing machine. The A/C is about as effective as someone blowing on you. And there is a funky clunk sound when I turn the A/C on. I get a big clunk when I go into first gear and a scary vibration at the end of the clutch, that under torque or at speed, sounds like something is shearing.
    I took the car in and the Nissan mechanic told me the howling noise was normal as was the fact that it sounded like a treadle sewing machine! I wrote to Nissan Canada and they said, basically 'TFB, we've got your money, tell someone who cares."
    I'm not a happy car owner.
    I see they're running a campaign in which Nissan is giving a Versa a week away. Good idea, get rid of them for free, cuz they sure ain't worth the money.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Road noise is one of those subjective sort of things, so what's loud to you may be acceptable to me. But with regard to effectiveness of the AC, I have a suggestion.

    I bought my Versa in February so early on the only thing I was using the AC for was defogging. Once the weather warmed up, I noticed the AC didn't seem particularly strong, so I had it checked out. Turns out that an o-ring had been pinched in assembly and the refrigerant had leaked out. They replaced the o-ring, recharged the system and it's been fine since.


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  • HI pf flyer, thanks for the tip about the AC. I did take my gray girl in for her 3-month and told them about the AC. I might ask them to check the o-ring, cuz whatever they 'did' does not seem to have made much difference.

    The noise - everyone notices who rides in the car. They all say, "what is that noise?" I've never had a ride where under city conditions at 3000 rpm, I feel like I want to turn up the stereo because they car noise is louder than my music. And I have driven vintage cars.

    The mechanics at Nissan tell me it is 'gear noise' :lemon: , that's fine, but it would be nice if I didn't have to listen to it at 2200 rpm and 2700 rpm.
  • largemarge3, are the windows open or closed when you hear this noise? My Versa ( S HB with VO package) is very quiet most of the time, but I've noticed that wind-buffeting noise can get pretty bad when one or both of the rear windows are open.

    Hope this helps.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I'll say this... the sounds the Versa makes is certainly different than my Sentras made and what comes from my 2001 Altima. It's geared a bit lower in 6th gear than my Altima is in 5th and so is turning at higher RPMs, and that makes me fell like it could handle higher gearing or a 7th speed :)

    But I wouldn't classify it as overly loud. It sort of seemed so at first, but I have a feeling that if I measured it, it wouldn't be significantly different.


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  • I hadn't bought a new car for over 8 years before the Versa, so I was very pleasntly surprised by how refined small cars have become in the last few years. Compared to my '00 Neon, the Versa's a Cadillac inside as far as noise goes. Even on the highway, it's possible to have a normal conversation. It's only when the windows are open that noise becomes more of an issue, at least so far.
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